Steps before applying for provisional registration

As a final year medical student studying in the UK, before you apply for provisional registration you’ll have to go through other steps to ensure you have an F1 place on the foundation programme. 

Journey of a final year medical student studying in the UK

This journey reflects the steps a final year medical student goes through before starting F1 in the UK.

An animation showing a simplified overview of the process of applying for registration. 1) Your school sends us your details. 2) We create a GMC reference number for you. 3) You use this number when applying for UK Foundation Programme. 4) You sit the Situation Judgement Test. 5) We email you to invite you to apply for provisional registration. 6) Your medical school tells us when you've graduated and we confirm your registration with us.

Before you begin your final year of medical school, your school will provide us with your details. We’ll create a unique GMC reference number for you, which you’ll keep for the rest of your career.

We’ll email you with your GMC reference number at the beginning of September. You’ll need this to apply to the UK Foundation Programme for a place on F1. You’ll make this application on Oriel in September of your final year.

After you’ve applied for a place on the Foundation Programme you’ll sit the UK Foundation Programme’s Situational Judgement Test (SJT) in December/January.

Then, in April of your final year, we’ll email to invite you to apply for provisional registration. You should apply as soon as you can through your GMC Online account.

Your medical school will tell us when you’ve graduated and we’ll contact you to confirm your registration with us. Once you can find your name on the medical register, you’re ready to start your F1 induction.

Completing your identity check – 2021 final year students

Please visit our guidance on identity checks for the latest update.