Welcome to the Student Zone!

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RPS Webinar

We recently held a webinar in partnership with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Health Education and Improvement Wales, NHS Education Scotland and the British Pharmaceutical Student Association to discuss key aspects of the National Recruitment Scheme and to answer applicant questions. The full webinar is free to access and available below.

On this page you will find all the key information related to the National Recruitment Scheme, including the Person Specification and the Professional Attributes Framework on which the selection process is based.

The Pharmaceutical Journal has published some articles for students on what you need to know about the Situational Judgement Test (SJT) and Numeracy assessment.

You can also find full details on these assessments, including a Numeracy / SJT Practice Paper by clicking on the 'SJT and Numeracy Tests' tab above.

Applicant Enquiries

FAQs can be found on the HEE Applicant Support Portal. If your question still hasn’t been answered, then all applicant enquiries, including locked Oriel accounts, must be logged through the HEE Support Portal website. Please access this website from the button below.

In collaboration with HEE (England), HEIW (Wales) and NES (Scotland), the RPS has published answers to commonly asked questions regarding the National Recruitment Scheme.

Application and Handbook

To apply for the Scheme please visit the Oriel Website via the button below.

The applicant handbook for the 2023 round of recruitment for both England and Wales, and also Scotland, is available to view and download below. *Please note the process is slightly different in Scotland and applicants wishing to apply for vacancies within Scotland should refer to the Scotland Applicant Handbook 2023.

Interested in spending some of your Foundation Training Year in a GP Surgery?

Many of the programmes we offer via the National Recruitment Scheme offer placements of between three and six months in general practice, in conjunction with hospital or community pharmacy foundation training. Read more about these exciting placement opportunities on the HEE website via the button below.

Where are we now in the recruitment cycle?

Oriel Applications are closed for new applicants and will reopen in June 2024. Please see below or the full timetable.


Recruitment Timeline



Applicant handbook available

Mid May

Foundation Pharmacist Training Programme information available on Oriel

5 June 2024

Application window opens

5 June 2024 at 12pm

Application window closes

19 June 2024 at 12pm

Preferencing window opens

24 July 2024

Numeracy/SJT centre booking window opens

31 July 2024

Numeracy/SJT centre booking window closes

14 August 2024

Numeracy/SJT centre Start Date (Pearson VUE Test Centres)

19 September 2024

Numeracy/SJT centre End Date (Pearson VUE Test Centres)

2 October 2024

Preferencing window closes

29 October 2024

First round of offers released

Early November 2024

Offers upgrade deadline

Late November 2024

Programmes commence

July/August 2025

*Please note the date/items are subject to change/TBC