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How do FPAS points work?

Lots of you have been asking about how foundation year applications work so here is a little bit of information on the scoring system. Foundation year is a fair few years away for us year twos , and so it’s not worth panicking and losing sleep over, but it’s always worth developing your CV and experience early and having a little think about what you can do to prepare for job applications well and set yourself up as a great candidate…

Applications will have a maximum score of 100 points and this will consist of two components:

  1. Educational Performance Measure (EPM)    50 points maximum
  2. Situation Judgement Test (SJT)   50 points maximum


Educational Performance Measure

The EPM acts as a measure of clinical and non-clinical skills, knowledge and performance up to the point of application. The EPM comprises two elements:

  • Medical school performance in deciles (up to 34-43 points)

If you are in the first decile (the top 10% of your year), you will receive a score of 43; if you are in the second decile your score will be 42; the third decile 41 and so on. Students in the tenth decile will be awarded 34 points. 

  • Educational achievements, (up to 7 points)

Additional degrees (up to 5 points)  – PHD = 5 points, Masters/ 1st = 4 points , 2:1 = 3 points, 2:2 = 2 points, 3rd = 1 point, Medical degree alone = 0 points.

Publications worth up to two points (1 per pub med ID)


Situational Judgement Test

The SJT is a measure of meeting the attributes required to be a foundation doctor.

The SJT is taken under invigilated conditions, and  there is no negative marking, and you should therefore attempt all questions.

It consists of 70 questions in 2 hours 20 minutes

A maximum of 50 points is available

There are two question formats:

  • Rank in order five possible responses (2/3rds of the paper)
  • Choose three from eight possible responses (1/3rd of the paper)

A maximum of 20 marks is available for each question


For any additional information have a look at:

Blogging for Beginners – A 7 point plan (I couldn’t think of 10)



  1. Have no experience in blogging or editing.
  2. Sign yourself up to be one of the editors for the Year 2 Year 5 shared conference.
  3. Sit in a room contemplating the best substitute for the word ‘important’ whilst only thinking of the word ‘important’.
  4. Have in depth conversation about the upcoming job offers over a chocolate digestive.
  5. Think of more synonyms for the word ‘therefore’.
  6. Write a ‘witty’ blog about writing blogs.
  7. Have another digestive.

MEDIC Year 2 & 5 Conference – Day one

Today is the first day of the MEDIC Year 2 & 5 Conference. As one of the organisers, I’m excited and a little nervous. The programmes are printed, the badges are made and the workshops are organised, I think….

We kick off at 13.45 in the Michael Griffiths Lecture Theatre with two talks from our local doctors: Professor Phil Smith and Dr Tom Hughes.

Then we have workshops on Electives. There are 12 workshops which will be run by the Year 5 students. Each Year 2 student should attend one of these. They will be held in Ty Dewi Sant and in the Pathology Seminar Rooms LHS and RHS.

Then we end with a talk starting at 16.15 in the Michael Griffiths Lecture Theatre by a recent graduate: Dr Zahir Dana Huq  entitled “My Elective and what it did for me.”

If you want to send feedback to be included in the blog, email us at

I hope the day goes well….

Fingers crossed!


The Blog Brief

First of all, Sam Hibbitts and I want you to contribute to this Conference blog. We want to hear about what you think. We want you to share your experiences of this conference. Please listen, chat, talk, focus your thoughts and write.

This is a learning experience for all of us. It’s supposed to be a bit fun too. Despite everything written in the more formal brief, don’t worry too much – just write. You will find your voice.

The purpose of the blog coverage is to:

  • Identify key messages of the conference for Year 2 students and staff.
  • Identify highlights of the meeting for students and staff.
  • Identify good practice on the part of students delivering high quality content.
  • Provide feedback to organisers of positive experiences and areas for improvement.

Thus, the key audience for the Conference coverage is School of Medicine students and staff. HOWEVER, ALL CONTENT WILL BE PUBLIC. More details HERE.

Students are encouraged to try to make their content as engaging as possible. The following points are recommended:

  • Use simple, clear content – no jargon
  • Tell your story – use “I”
  • Be positive and constructive
  • Include pictures where possible

Some more key points are available here:

This is an interesting perspective about blogging:

First Announcement

Heath Park Campus
17th -19th February 2015

As part of the Year 5 Science in Practice module and the Year 2 Student Selected Components, the School of Medicine will be hosting a conference to share student experiences.

Sessions will include:

  • Organising student electives
  • Intercalating studies
  • Research at the School of Medicine
  • Year 2 SSC Experiences

More information will be available shortly.

If you would like to get involved, please contact: Dr Derek Lang (Year 2) or Dr Paul Brennan (Year 5).