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How to get into GP Training


The process of applying to GP comprises the following stages:


Stage 1: Longlisting is based on the submission of your application via Oriel. To be longlisted, you need to meet the eligibility criteria. The main ones are:

- Eligible for full registration with the GMC + license to practice by the time you start (not needed at time of application)

- 2 years clinical experience by the time you start training (can be in any country) - e.g. FY1 and FY2, or internship + 1 year at SHO/F2 level

- Evidence of Foundation Year 2 competences (either via the Foundation programme / WAST or using the Certificate of Readiness to enter Specialty Training (CREST)).

Read the FULL eligibility critera in the GP ST1 National Person Specification from the National Recruitment Office site.


Stage 2: Specialty Recruitment Assessment (SRA / MSRA) is a computer based exam comprising both clinical and professional dilemma multiple choice questions.

- Professional dilemma paper - 50 Situational Judgement Test questions in 95 minutes

- Clinical problem solving paper - 97 clinical questions in 75 minutes  You can read more about this paper and how to prepare for it in this article on the SRA.

Candidates will be shortlisted to Stage 3 based on how they score in the SRA - the application, past experience, additional qualifications are not considered. If you score 550+ combined, you will be exempt the next stage and given a direct offer. This score is set to include the top 25-30% of the cohort. The SRA is not a simple pass / fail assessment - it is competitively ranked, and your score makes up 60% of your overall score (40% is the SJT paper, 20% is the clinical paper). It is important that you start preparing early, so that you can get the best score possible - every mark matters - it could be the difference between getting an offer or not, or help determine whether you get one your top offers or one of your lower preferences.

SRA online revision


Stage 3: Selection Centre involves 3 simulated consultations (1 with a simulated patient, 1 with a relative or carer and 1 with a colleague) lasting 10 minutes each and a written prioritisation exercise (essay style question) lasting 30 minutes.  Stage 3 makes up 40% of the overall score that will determine your rank.Stage 3 tests skills, not knowledge so it is important to get as much practise as possible for all 4 stations. You can read more about Stage 3 in this article.


GPST Application Process



  Guidance for applicants  


There are three rounds of recruitment each year for GP training - Round 1, Round 1 re-advert, and Round 2 (you can see dates below):

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The next round accepting applications is Round 1 2020- please see below for dates.

Round 1 (usually around 3800 jobs):

Dates for Round 1 2020 are:

Apply from: 7th November 2019, closing date 28th November 2019

Invitations to book SRA: <17th December 2019

SRA: 3rd - 11th January 2020, Results / invitations to book Stage 3 by 24th January 2020

Stage 3 selection centre - 3rd - 14th February 2020

Job offers: 20th February 2020

Start date: 5th August 2020


Round 1 Re-advert (only jobs left unfilled after round 1 - usually 500-800+ jobs):

Dates for Round 1 re-advert 2020:

Applications open 25th February, closing date 12th March 2020

Invitations to book SRA: <19th March 2020

SRA: 26th March - 30th March 2020, Results by 6th April 2020

Stage 3 selection centre - 21st - 23rd April 2020

Job offers: 27th April 2020

Start date: 5th August 2020


Round 2 (only jobs left unfilled after round 1 re-advert - usually 300-500+ jobs):

Dates for Round 2 2020 are:

Applications open 28th July 2020, closing date 13th August 2020

SRA: 3rd-7th September 2020, results <14th September 2020

Stage 3 selection centre - 22nd - 24th September 2020

Job offers: 29th September 2020

Start date: 3rd February 2021


Jobs that are unfilled from Round 1 are available in Round 1 Re-advert for both new applicants and those who applied in Round 1 but were unsuccessful. All jobs start in August. The jobs available in Round 2 are jobs unfilled by the previous two rounds of recruitment - jobs start in February - there are usually limited jobs in this round, and some areas will not have any posts at all as they will have been filled already.

How can Emedica help you get into the GP Training programme of your choice? We have been helping doctors successfully enter GP training for 15 years, and can offer support for every stage. Our Getting into GP Training course covers the whole process step by step, and we also have courses for the SRA, Stage 3, and online revision for the SRA and Stage 3.


GPST Application Timeline


  Guidance for applicants  

Comprehensive preparation for GPST Entry:

Stages 1-4 Stage 2 Crammer Course Stage 2 Online
Stage 3 Course Stage 3 Online Consultation Skills 1-1

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Telephone: 0121 744 6433 email: info@emedica.co.uk