Which 2021 Foundation School is right for me?
UPDATED OCTOBER 2020
In this article we will outline the key steps in the decision-making process as you rank your Foundation Schools for August 2021, and share some useful resources.
If you need to access the Foundation Programme handbook, you can do so here.
How do I decide which Foundation School is right for me?
1) Which part of the country do I prefer?
There are 20 Foundation schools across the UK. Messly have prepared detailed guides to each of the 20 Foundation Schools which outline their geography, the hospitals within them and their ratings, and shared feedback from doctors who have worked there before.
See also, Which Foundation Schools make the Happiest Doctors?
2) Which is most competitive and am I likely to get in?
The Foundation Schools vary massively in terms of competition. Each year, the UKFPO releases competition ratio, which show the number of applicants to available places.
Click here to read a detailed breakdown of competition ratios from the last three years.
Understand your likely Foundation Programme Application Score and the impact on which deaneries you are likely to be accepted into by using this helpful tool.
How am I scored?
Your total Foundation Programme Score (maximum 100 points) is made up of your SJT score (maximum 50) plus your Educational Performance Measure Score (maximum 50).
The SJT is a measure of meeting the attributes required to be a foundation doctor, as defined in the national FP personal specification. It is not an assessment of your clinical knowledge, but you can prepare for the SJT to maximise your chance of getting a good score. Have a look on the UKFPO website for practice papers and other resources and read Messly’s guide to the SJT.
Your EPM is calculated by combining your decile score calculated by your medical school (maximum 43) plus any educational achievements from additional degrees or publications (maximum 7).
Read the Foundation Programme Applicant Handbook to find out more.
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