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UKFPO 2025 for IMG Doctors: Eligibility, Assessment and Deadlines, NCA

If you are an IMG doctor and have recently completed your medical school, you may choose to apply to the UK Foundation Programme (UKFP) directly. This blog covers the key things you need to know about when thinking about applying to the UKFP.

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UK Foundation Programme for IMG doctors

Eligibility applications

International Medical Graduate (IMG) doctors who are interested in applying for the 2 year UK Foundation programme will need to complete a pre-application process known as the eligibility application. 

The eligibility application checks that you meet the eligibility criteria to apply for the UK Foundation programme. Once this application is accepted you will then be required to complete the actual UK Foundation programme application separately. 

List of documents and assessments required to be eligible for UKFPO:

– Medical degree eg MBBS (see below) 
– Evidence of English language proficiency (see below) 
– Proof of ID 
– Evidence of right to work in the UK (if sponsorship is required please tick this box on application form) 
– GMC provisional registration (if you still need to book PLAB please mention it on the form) 
– Booking of Clinical Assessment 

For 2025 UKFP applicants, there have been some key changes introduced. The key changes to eligibility criteria are highlighted below.

UK Foundation Programme for IMG doctors

Removal of the Dean’s statement

For UKFP 2025, candidates will no longer be asked to provide a Dean’s statement. Instead candidates will be asked to provide evidence of their Primary Medical Qualification (PMQ). Evidence of PMQ can be provided in the following ways:

1. Copy of completed medical degree certificate  
2. If you have qualified, but not received your degree yet: a letter can be provided by the medical school dean confirming qualification  
3. If you have not yet qualified from medical school
: a letter from the medical school dean confirming future qualification

UK Foundation Programme for IMG doctors

Changes to Evidence of English Proficiency

There are now 3 ways to provide evidence of English proficiency:

1. PMQ (primary medical qualification)

Please note PMQ will only be accepted if you graduated from a medical school/university in a country where English is the first and native language. The GMC has a list of countries which meet this requirement.

2. IELTS certificate

For 2025 applications, only ‘Academic’ and UKVI (academic) versions of the IELTS will be accepted. IELTS ‘general’ training certificates will no longer be accepted.

The standard and minimum period of validity has not changed for IELTS. Applicants will need to achieve a score of 7.5 in speaking, listening, reading and writing. The scores must be part of the same Test Report Form (TRF). If you are applying for UKFP 2025 the IELTS exam should not be earlier than 6th August 2023 to ensure that your certificate is valid.

For IELTS One Skill Retake – for candidates who have completed this, please bear in mind that UKFPO will need to view and verify the results via the IELTS verification portal.

3. OET certificate

Applicants will need to achieve a score of 400 in speaking, reading, listening and writing. This score must be achieved in one sitting. There have been no changes in the OET requirements or validity.

UK Foundation Programme for IMG doctors

What is the Clinical Assessment?

The Clinical Assessment is only necessary for applicants who have qualified from medical school prior to 6th August 2023 (ie 2 years prior to the start of the UKFPO 2025 programme). It is an assessment to ensure that a doctor can demonstrate competency in clinical skills expected of a doctor about to start their Foundation training.

The format of the exam includes 12 stations which last 10 minutes, including 1 minute for preparation. Each station will assess a range of skills and knowledge domains. The exam lasts approximately 4 hours per sitting. There will be clear instructions posted outside the station for the student to read in their 1 minute of preparation time. 

The exam takes place at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. No feedback will be given on the day.

Candidates will receive their results via email. More information about how to prepare for the Clinical Assessment can be found here.

UK Foundation Programme for IMG doctors

Key dates and Timeline

– Eligibility applications open in Oriel: 3rd-23rd July 2024
– Results of eligibility application release: Middle August 2024
– Application for Foundation Programme: September 2024
– Arora UKFPO NCA Course: 30th September-4th October 2024 (click here)
– National Clinical Assessment (Manchester): 4-7th November 2024
– Clinical Assessment Results: End November 2024
– Start of Foundation Programme: August 2025

If you need to take UKMLA PLAB, there are separate deadlines for booking and passing PLAB 1 and PLAB 2 – that you would need to meet.

– Join Arora UKFP Clinical Assessment+ Package here.
– Join Arora UKMLA PLAB 1 Ultimate Package here.
– Join Arora UKMLA PLAB 2 Academy+ Package here.

UK Foundation Programme for IMG doctors

How to Apply for UKFP 2025?

Applicants first need to create an account on ORIEL. Once the account is created you would need to select the ‘UK Foundation Programme’ under the Applicant section. 

Following this the eligibility application form will need to be completed and evidence uploaded (see above for details).

UK Foundation Programme for IMG doctors

What happens next?

Applicants will need to await the outcome of the Eligibility Application. 

If successful they will need to complete the Foundation programme application separately once the application opens (mid August) and then meet the relevant deadlines for the different requirements (see above).

UK Foundation Programme for IMG doctors

How Arora can help you Pass NCA

For our most comprehensive ‘all-you-need’ UKFPO Assessment+ Package click here

For all other Arora UKMLA PLAB 1 resources (Gold Package, Mocks, Online course, etc) click here

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For Dr Aman’s UKMLA PLAB 2 YouTube videos click here

Author Bio — Dr Aman Arora

Hello and welcome to Arora Medical Education! I am a Portfolio GP with a 24/7/365 passion for helping you fly through your medical exams and maximise your career. You can find out more about me here.

I’ve been fortunate to teach over 50,000 doctors globally through a combination of face-to-face, online, audio and social teaching, helping them pass exams such as MRCGP AKT and SCAMSRA and PLAB. You can find out more about my previous roles and qualifications here.

Feel free to contact me with any thoughts, questions or ideas to help you reach your potential. I look forward to meeting you soon!

Author Bio — Dr Pooja Arora

Dr Pooja Arora is a GP with a background in Medical Politics, where she passionately focuses on improving the opportunities and working conditions for junior doctors. She is proud to hold FRCGP (Fellow of Royal College of General Practitioners).

You can find out more about Pooja’s previous roles and qualifications here.

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