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GP Recruitment


The process of applying to GP comprises the following stages:


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

- Eligible for full registration with the GMC

- 2 years post graduation clinical experience by the time you start training (can be in any country)

- Evidence of Foundation Year 2 competences

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


Specialty Recruitment Assessment (formerly known as Stage 2) is a computer based exam comprising both clinical and professional dilemma multiple choice questions.

- Professional dilemma paper - 58 Situational Judgement Test questions in 110 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 575+ combined, you will be exempt the next stage and given a direct offer. This score is set to include the top 10% of the cohort.


Selection Centre (formerly known as Stage 3) involves 3 simulated consultations (1 with a simulated patient, 1 with a relative or carer and 1 with a collegue) lasting 10 minutes each and a written prioritisation exercise (essay style question) lasting 30 minutes.  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, dates as follows:


Round 1 – applications open in autumn/winter (November/December) for jobs starting the following August. The SRA is usually first week of January, with the Selection Centre taking place in the first 2 weeks of February.


Round 1 Re-advert – applications open in the spring (Feb / March) for jobs starting in August the same year. The SRA is usually late April with the Selection Centre in early May. This used to be known as Round 2.


Round 2 – applications open in August for jobs starting the following February. The SRA is in mid-September and the Selection Centre about 2 weeks later. This was previously known as Round 3.


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.


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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