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Application and Educational Performance Measure (EPM)

Both the Foundation Programme and the Academic Foundation Programme are national processes made through the online application system, Oriel.


The Foundation Programme Application Process

Eligible applicants are nominated by medical schools in the UK, and the UKFPO’s Eligibility Office, who upload applicants’ Educational Performance Measure (EPM) decile scores on Oriel. Applicants must register on Oriel and verify that they have been nominated by their medical school or UKFPO Eligibility Office. Once national panels verify the EPM scores, applicants must then take the Situational Judgement Test.

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 Unfilled Places
Totals 6,964 44
East Anglia 256 0
Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire (EBH) 305 3
Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland (LNR) 149 0
North Central and East London 334 0
North West London 233 7
North West England 787 3
Northern 377 4
Northern Ireland 243 5
Oxford 214 2
Peninsula 188 0
Scotland 791 4
Severn 263 4
South Thames 774 3
Trent 285 3
Wales 327 0
Wessex 291 1
West Midlands Central 178 1
West Midlands North 248 1
West Midlands South 159 1
Yorkshire Humber 562 2

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.

Educational Achievements

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.

Valid Evidences

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.

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