Applicants for the Academic Foundation Programme make a separate application through Oriel. Candidates can apply to a maximum of two Academic Units of Application. These AUoAs are one or more foundation schools that have formed a group to process applications to the academic programme.
A total of 6,920 applicants were matched to programmes on Thursday 5th April 2018.
The table below shows the number of applicants matched to individual programmes by foundation school and unfilled places for 2018 recruitment.
Unit of Application (UoA)
Number of FP Places
Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire (EBH)
Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland (LNR)
North Central and East London
North West London
North West England
West Midlands Central
West Midlands North
West Midlands South
The Foundation Programme Educational Performance Measure
The EPM is a measure of applicants’ clinical and non-clinical skills, as well as their knowledge and performance. It takes into account applicants’ performance at medical school in deciles (34-43 points are available) and also their educational achievements (up to a maximum of 7 points are available). A total of 50 points is therefore available for the EPM.
What is the Educational Performance Measure?
We speak to Dr. Max Roberts in the video below about the Educational Performance Measure.
Medical School Performance
Each medical school will divide a candidate’s academic year in to 10 equal groups of students, called deciles, ranging from the first to the tenth decile. Placement within a specific group is based on a student’s performance in medical school assessments. This part of the EPM is the decile score. It is 43 in the top decile, and decreases by one point per decile to a minimum of 34.
Applicants will also have the opportunity to gain up to an additional seven marks. These marks are awarded by providing evidence of any additional achievements. These achievements can be additional degrees, for up to five points, and publications, up to a maximum of two points. Each publication is worth one point.
Candidates will then be allocated a provisional score that is verified on a national verification date.
Evidence can only be considered if it is submitted in document form. Candidates are then encouraged to check their provisional score online, as anomalies have been known to occur.
Degree certificates will be accepted as evidence of additional degrees, however, exam transcripts will not – even if authenticated by the awarding institution. If uploading an additional degree certificate to Oriel, the candidate must also ensure that the name of the awarding institution, the name and class of the degree, and the date of the award are on the certificate. The name of the candidate, and the name and signature of the awarding officer must also be present.
Only full degrees are considered valid, which excludes PGCEs and diplomas.