Successful Applicants to Severn Foundation School

Congratulations on your allocation to the Severn Foundation School. The next stage in the process is to identify your programme preferences via the online application system Oriel.

All Severn Foundation Programmes detailed on Oriel (the national application system) are available as a Programme List.  Please note this is an indicative list and programmes re subject to change.

Applicants will be allocated to programme based on the highest score to highest available preference, i.e. the highest scoring applicant gets their first choice of programme, the next highest scoring gets their highest ranked programme that is available and so on. There are usually approx. 265 available programmes of linked F1 and F2 posts within the Severn Foundation School. You are required to rank ALL PROGRAMMES in order of preference by 12:00 midday on TUESDAY 30th MARCH. If you have not ranked your preferences by this time, you will be randomly allocated to a programme.

Histogram of Application Scores is available. This details the scores of applicants allocated to Severn on 12th March 2020 (excluding those pre-allocated due to special circumstances) and will be updated on 11th March with the scores for 2021.

Please note that allocation to foundation school and programme is subject to the following:

  • Successful completion of your medical undergraduate degree (where applicable)
  • Satisfactory pre-employment checks
  • Satisfactory references
  • Successful completion of national clinical assessment (where applicable)

Useful information

Information on the acute Trusts, including Trust Profiles and Trainee Testimonials, is available here.

Information on General Practice placements is available here.

Information on Psychiatry placements is available here.

Information on Academic Foundation Programmes in the Severn Foundation School is available here.

The following has been designed to provide applicants with useful information about the Foundation School:

General Information about how Training is organised in Severn Foundation School

Queries regarding Terms and Conditions (including accommodation and pay bandings) should be directed to individual Trusts.

For the General FP application process, Severn will not be using interviews to allocate applicants to programme.  Successful applicants will be asked to rank programmes online, then allocated using the score by which they were allocated to Foundation School.

Please also see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Linked Applicants

We will endeavour to place linked applicants wishing to remain linked within a reasonable commute (less than 1 hour drive) of each other. Please refer to our Linked Applicants page for more information including advice on ranking the programmes.

Contact Us

If, having read the information available, you have further queries or questions please email the Severn Foundation School.


 All application guidance, including eligibility and special circumstances is available on the UK Foundation Programme website. For a more detailed timeline, please refer to the 2021 Applicant Handbook.

20th July–2nd September 2020 at 12:00 noon (BST)

Eligibility applications. If your medical school is outside the UK, or if you qualified from a UK medical school prior to 4th August 2019, you must register on Oriel and submit an eligibility application and supporting documentation. Please refer to separate guidance available on the UKFPO website.

10th August 2020

Academic programmes available to view on Oriel.

12th October 2020

Registration on Oriel opens. Applicants can register at any time during the application window until 12:00 noon (GMT) on Wednesday 4th November 2020. Eligibility Office applicants will have already registered as part of the eligibility application process. All programmes available to view on Oriel.

19th October–4th November 2020 at 12:00 noon (GMT)

National application period: complete the online FP application form (including FP preferences, Educational Achievements), AFP application form(s) for specific AUoAs and FPP application form for priority programmes. Late applications will not be considered under any circumstances. Applicants are advised to start their application(s)early to allow sufficient time to complete the necessary sections fully and to gather evidence in support of their application. (Downtime / Oriel system not available on 22nd and 23rd October 2020).

4th November 2020 at 12:00 noon (GMT)

Special circumstances applications to be submitted via electronic application form and sent to UKFPO (not to your local medical school). Late applications will not be considered under any circumstances.

9th–23rd November 2020

SJT Online Booking Window. Applicants can book their SJT date, time and location online themselves through Test spaces will be available on a first come first served basis. Applicants are advised to book their test at the earliest opportunity. There will also be the option for applicants to sit the test remotely. Applicants will be able to amend their test booking up to 48 hours prior to the scheduled test date and time, although they should be advised that if they cancel at the last minute, the availability of alternate slots may be limited.

7th–19th December 2020

Situational Judgement Test (SJT) – Test Window 1.

Tuesday 8th December 2020

Interviews for Research posts (Severn and Peninsula)

Friday 11th December 2020 Interviews for Education and Management & Leadership posts (Peninsula)

13th January–11th February 2021

AFP national offers and cascade offers process. Successful AFP applicants will receive offers. All offers must be accepted or declined on Oriel by the stated deadline. Applicants will have 48 hours to respond to offers.

18th–23rd January 2021

Situational Judgement Test (SJT) –Test Window 2.

11th March 2021

Primary list applicants informed of allocations

11th March (12:00)–30th March 2021 (12:00)

Programme Preferencing Window (One-Stage Process) – deadline at 12:00 noon. Applicants will be invited to rank available programmes in order of preference on Oriel.

From 11th March 2021

Applicants to complete an online Supporting Trainees Entering Practice (STEP) form to ensure information is shared with the foundation school to ensure sufficient reasonable adjustments are arranged where necessary and appropriate in time for the start of programme to support training.

15th March –15th April 2021

Online references collected. Referees will be asked to provide references as part of the standard pre-employment checks.

8th April 2021

All primary list applicants will be notified of their match to programme results. Applicants will receive an email containing information about which programme they have been matched to by their allocated foundation school.

July / August 2021

Commencement of the 2021 UK Foundation Programme. Newly appointed F1 doctors are required to attend a period of pre-employment shadowing of the F1 doctor you will be taking over from before the start of the programme. Employers will provide details of local arrangements.

Wednesday 4th August 2021

F1 begins