Special Circumstances

A small number of students have significant special circumstances that entitle them to provisional pre-allocation to a particular Foundation School. Applicants may self refer or be referred by their Medical School.

Medical Schools rather than Foundation Schools manage Special Circumstances applications for all their own students. Therefore if you are a student from outside the Peninsula please contact your local medical school regarding Special Circumstances, even if you are applying to come to Peninsula.

Criteria for the 2019 Recruitment process are as follows:

Criterion 1: The applicant is a parent or legal guardian of a child or children under the age of 18 who reside primarily with them and for whom they have significant caring responsibilities.

Criterion 2: The applicant is the primary carer for someone who is disabled (as defined by the Equality Act 2010) (expected to be a partner, sibling or parent).

Criterion 3: The applicant has a medical condition (physical or psychological) or disability for which local follow up is an absolute requirement, as confirmed by a report from an Occupational Health physician or an appropriate medical specialist.

Plymouth Medical School - All applications and supporting evidence must be submitted to Terry Vallance, Head of Registry Services, by hard copy or email by the deadline of 12th October 2018.

Exeter Medical School - All application and supporting evidence must be submitted to Tim Rushforth, Education Business Partner by hard copy or email by the deadline of 12th October 2018.

The 2018/19 national timeline:

12th October 2018 Deadline for submission of special circumstances applications
to the home medical school.
15th October - 9th November 2018 Panels meet to consider applications.
12th November 2018 Panels notify applicants and the receiving foundation school of
panel decision and forward relevant documents.
13th November 2018 National appeal submission period open.
22nd November 2018 Deadline for appeals submission.
3rd December 2018 National appeals panel notifies applicants of its decisions on appeals.
7th March 2019 All applicants are notified of the outcome of their application.
All applicants on the primary list will be notified of their allocation.

If your circumstances change following the deadline for Special Circumstances applications and you think your situation entitles you to a place in a particular Foundation School, other than the one to which you have been allocated, you should contact the Foundation School to which you have been matched and speak to them about a inter-foundation school transfer. More information on transfers, including full guidance and an application form can be found on the UKFPO website .

Local students should direct any queries to Terry Vallance, Head of Registry Services  for Plymouth University and Tim Rushforth, Education Business Partner for Exeter University.