So You Want To Be A GP?

GP Training is currently 3 years but we do have some 4 year programmes in the Grampian and Caledonian programs. The Rural Track program is a 4 year rotation which includes a sabbatical period.

The path to get into GP training can be varied but there are a few things along the way that you might like to know that could help.

Foundation year

There are a number of GP posts in FY2 and although not essential are very beneficial to try and negotiate.

GP Taster Week

If you have been unable to secure an FY job in GP organising a GP taster week if definitely worthwhile. This will give you a flavour of a typical week in general practice.  Contact dianne.morrison@nes.scot.nhs.uk


Recruitment process

Advert Appears  01 November 2014
Apply from 11 November 2014
Closing Date 04 December 2014
Invitations to Stage 2 Assessment Expected No later than 22 December 2014
Stage 2 Assessment (Computer Based Test) 03-10 January 2015
Invitations to Stage 3 (Interview) Expected No later than 21 January 2015
Stage 3 Selection Centre Window 2-13 february 2015
Offers from 23 February 2015
Hold Deadline 19 March 2015 (13.00 UK Time)
Upgrade Deadline 26 March 2015 (17.00 UK Time)
Hierarchy Deadline 31 March 2015 (17.00 UK Time)


  • There are plenty of resources out there to help you prepare for GPST Recruitment. 

Exams during Training

There are no exams required prior to applying

There are 3 elements to the examination process
  • AKT –Applied Knowledge Test (ie an MCQ usually taken in year 2 of training) 
  • CSA- Clinical Skills Assessment (an OSCE type exam held in London in year 3 with 13 patient consultations) 
  • WPBA- Work Place Based Assessment (an assessment made by your GP Educational Supervisor in your GP training practice) based on an eportfolio.

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