Foundation Doctor's Guide to North Scotland
The Northern region is significantly the vastest. It encompasses the old cities of Aberdeen and Inverness (considered the capital of the Highlands, near the infamous Loch Ness), and all the way up to the more isolated John O’ Groats, the Shetland Islands and Stornoway. If you’re a fan of the outdoors, there may not be anywhere better in the UK for truly experiencing the great British outdoors. Being more isolated doesn’t correlate to a less social experience, generally, it’s quite the opposite!
In terms of tertiary centres, in the North of Scotland, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary is the main specialist hospital, being a major trauma centre, offering nearly every specialty (excluding heart and liver transplants). It also has on its grounds a dedicated paediatrics and dedicated maternity hospital.
Scotland is one foundation school but split into 4 separate regions: East, North, South East & West. Most of the spots available are in the West (around Glasgow) & South East (around Edinburgh).
Foundation School Statistics For Scotland As A Whole
2021 F1 Places: 812
2021 F1 Applicants: 805
2021 Competition Ratio: 0.99
2020 Competition Ratio: 0.97
Below is an interactive bar chart displaying the competition ratios, lowest entry scores, and the number of posts over the past 5 years.
Please note that the 2021 data for lowest entry score is not yet available, we will update this graph when it is.
How Does Scotland Compare To Other Foundation Schools?
Check out our article "What are the most competitive foundations schools?" for a full breakdown.
Hospitals and Overall Satisfaction
In the graph below you'll find a list of hospitals attached the the Scotland foundation school. Each hospital is scored out of 100 in overall satisfaction for the GMC Survey 2019 data. The colour corresponds to the CQC rating of that hospital
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