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FTY applicants

Information for Foundation Training Year Applicants  

The FTY Recruitment Applicant Handbook for Prospective Trainee Pharmacists contains essential information regarding how the scheme is structured and how the recruitment process operates, including an overview of the assessment process.

Please note that the salary for pre-registration trainees in the FTY has increased to £26,104 with effect from 1st December 2020 as per Agenda for Change scale for the bottom of band 5. This figure supersedes the information stated in the FT Recruitment Applicant Handbook which was published prior to the pay uplift being confirmed.

The Job Description, Person Specification and Professional Attributes Framework are also very important and provide specific details of the criteria that candidates are required to demonstrate throughout the recruitment process. All applicants are strongly advised to read these documents thoroughly prior to submitting an application.  

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

Recruitment timeline and online recruitment 

The recruitment timeline has now been published (please see below), applicants are advised to add key dates to their diary. There are strict deadlines for booking assessment slots and for responding to offers of a FTY post. It is really important for you to ensure you plan around the below dates as it will not be possible for us to make any alternative arrangements. 

The online recruitment system Oriel will be used throughout the recruitment process for the following purposes: 

  • Access Training Provider Information Statements (live 2nd June 2021)
  • Complete a FTY application form (applications opened on 9th June and closed on 23rd June 2021]
  • Select a date and time for attending the assessment (4th to 18th August 2021)
  • Complete a candidate preference list (28th July to 26th October 2021)

If you get locked out of your oriel account, please contact for assistance. 

Recruitment Activity  


Training Provider Information Statements published on TPI Site 

15th April 2021 

Visitation Period 

15th April 2021 to 14th October 2021 

Training Provider details published on Oriel

2nd June 2021 

Oriel applications open  

9th June 2021 (12pm) 

Oriel applications close  

23rd June 2021 (12pm)  

Training Provider preferences open (for those submitting a list)  

15th July 2021 (12pm)  

Candidate preferencing window opens 

28th July 2021 (12pm)  

Invitation to SJT/numeracy selection centre opens  

4th August 2021 (12am)  

Invitation to SJT/numeracy selection centre closes  

18th August 2021 (12am)

SJT/Numeracy selection centre held  

0ctober 2021  

Training Provider preferences close  

14th October 2021 (12pm)  

Candidate preferencing window closes  

26th October 2021 (12pm)

Comms to unsuccessful candidates

8th November  2021 

First iteration of offers made  

10th November  2021 

Hold deadline

26th November 2021

Offers upgrade deadline  

30th November  2021 

Programme commences  

July/August 2022  

Training Provider Information Statements  

The Training Provider Information Statements allow applicants to search for Training Providers according to their preference for sector and/or geographical area.   

Details of Training Providers involved in FTY for training year 2022-23 can be found on Oriel, in the programme details of the pre-registration pharmacist - Scotland vacancy. 

Training Provider Information Statements are available on the TPI site which you can access on the link below:  

The visitation window is now open. During the visitation period applicants must adhere to the government social distancing and travel restrictions for their region due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. 

As part of the selection process, applicants are required to submit a Preference List of Training Providers that they are interested in completing their training with.  

For the 2021 cycle of recruitment Training Providers were given two options: 

Option A – to submit a preference list – in this case it is extremely important that Training Providers get to know you prior to the selection process and it is the responsibility of the candidate to make contact with Training Providers at their earliest opportunity to increase their chance of being included on a Preference List. You should endeavour to contact all of your preferred Training Providers to discuss the opportunities for vacational or part-time employment with them, or, at the very least, to arrange to contact/visit the pharmacy and discuss the FTY with them. 

Option B – not to submit a preference list – in this case it is possible for the Training Provider to be matched with any appointable candidates who have added the Training Provider to their Preference List. You are not required to contact Training Providers who are not submitting a list, however, we strongly encourage candidates to do so in order to find out more about the opportunities available if you wish to preference a Training Provider in this category. 

Each Training Provider Information Statement clearly states if a Training Provider will be submitting a Preference List or not. 

Training Provider Information Statements are now available on Oriel as well as the NES TPI Site. 

Examples and scoring guidance for Situational Judgement Test and Numeracy Assessment

The Pharmaceutical Journal has published some articles for students on what you need to know about the Situational Judgement Test (SJT) and Numeracy assessment. Please refer to the links below for some examples and scoring guidance.

Situational Judgement Test

Numeracy Assessment

Training Provider Promotional Materials

Promotional Materials for the Training Providers participating in the 2021 recruitment process can be accessed here.

Support webinars and FAQ’s

Colleagues from NES, HEE, HIEW and BPSA co-hosted a webinar on Wednesday 3rd June 2020 where they talked through the alternative national arrangements for 2020, as the assessment process will be the same across England, Scotland and Wales. We encourage you to view this webinar – if you missed the webinar a recording is available to view on the Royal Pharmaceutical Society RPS website.

Following on from this, NES Pharmacy hosted a Scotland specific webinar on Wednesday 10th June to explain the full Recruitment process in 2020 for the Foundation Training Year in Scotland. We strongly encourage you to view this webinar to ensure you are fully aware of the various steps in the recruitment process:

Please see a list of useful FAQ’s recently published for pre-registration recruitment 2020 following an event organised by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

There will be a national webinar taking place on the 11th May 2021 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm to explain the 2021 recruitment process.

To register for a place to attend the webinar, please go to:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Visa and Immigration

Some pharmacy graduates will require a work visa to enable them to undertake Foundation Training in the UK. It is the graduate’s own responsibility to ensure that you follow the government’s visa processes correctly. 

For visa and immigration guidance please visit


Important: We would like to bring to the attention of all applicants the potential impact Brexit may have on your application, employment and training in the UK. We therefore encourage you to refer to the UK Government website for further information and advice.

Contact us

For any queries regarding the Foundation Training Year Recruitment process, please email the Pharmacy Recruitment Team -

For general pharmacy queries relating to training premises approval or any queries not related to the recruitment process, please email the Pharmacy Team -

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