UK Foundation Programme (UKFP) 2024 entry – Timeline & Deadlines

Stay updated on UKFP 2024 timeline dates! Key dates will be released incrementally. Check the website regularly for the latest information.

UK Foundation Programme – Key Dates

July 2023

04 JulyEligibility application window opens
From 04 JulyTo sit PLAB 1, applicants must email for access to available places.
Applicants need to attach the email confirmation from Oriel, showing the submission of their eligibility application to the UKFPO.
25 July 12:00 midday (BST)Deadline to submit an Eligibility application

August 2023

10 AugustEligibility outcomes released on Oriel
24 AugustFinal date for applicants to set up GMC Online account for PLAB
Deadline for providing valid English language evidence to the GMC
31 AugustDeadline to request a PLAB 1 test booking with the GMC: 31 August 2023.
Bookings made after the deadline won’t be recognized for UKFP 2024 application process.
Late bookings will lead to withdrawal of applicants.

September 2023

12 September 12:00 midday (BST)Deadline to confirm PLAB 1 booking to UKFPO.
Failure to confirm by the deadline leads to application withdrawal.
PLAB 1 exam date must be on or before 02 November 2023.

October 2023

03 OctoberDeadline to qualify from medical school for applicants who require PLAB

November 2023

02 NovemberLast possible PLAB 1 examination date for UKFP 2024: 02 November 2023.
Passing PLAB 1 is a prerequisite for eligibility in the foundation programme.
Examinations taken after 02 November 2023 will not be accepted for the 2024 foundation programme.
07 – 09 NovemberClinical Assessment test dates: Applicants will attend only one date.
Date notification: Applicants will be informed of their specific date closer to the time.

December 2023

21 December 12:00 midday (GMT)Deadline for sending PLAB 1 results to the UKFPO is critical for applicants.
Failure to provide PLAB 1 results by the deadline will result in withdrawal from the application process.
No exemptions will be permitted for those who fail to meet the deadline.

January 2024

31 JanuaryDeadline to request PLAB 2 test booking with GMC: 31 January 2024.
Bookings made after this date won’t be recognized for UKFP 2024 application process.
UKFPO will withdraw applicants with bookings made after the deadline.

February 2024

13 February 12:00 midday (GMT)Deadline for PLAB 2 booking confirmation: Must be sent to UKFPO.
Consequence of failure to confirm: Application withdrawal.
PLAB 2 examination date: On or before 31 May 2024.

April 2024

April 2024Apply for provisional registration with the GMC at least three months before the foundation programme’s start.
Ensure GMC registration is obtained before the mandatory induction and shadowing period begins.
Individual start dates for induction and shadowing will be confirmed by employers and communicated to allocated applicants.
Please be aware that these dates may vary between different employers.

May 2024

31 MayLast possible examination and pass date for PLAB 2 if applying for UKFP 2024

July 2024

05 JulyDeadline for sending PLAB 2 results to the UKFPO.
Failure to submit results by this date will lead to withdrawal from the application process.
No exemptions will be permitted for those who fail to provide their PLAB 2 results.
Deadline for GMC registration application: Applicants must submit their application with all required evidence ahead of time.
Don’t wait for PLAB 2 results: Start preparing the application before results are published.
Familiarize with GMC guidance: Applicants should be well-informed about the registration process on the GMC website.
Verify qualifications promptly: Begin the verification process for qualifications as early as possible.

August 2024

06 AugustAll applicants must have qualified from medical school and hold provisional registration by this date

Please refer to the UK Foundation Programme website regularly to ensure that you are viewing the most up-to-date information.

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