The main difference is that round 2 recruitment will be organised on a national, rather than regional, basis using what is called the 'Single Transferrable Score' (STS) model of recruitment.
When you come to applying in round 2, you just submit it to the 'CMT vacancy' - you do not need to give any regional preferences.
If short-listed, upon being invited to interview, you will be able to book an interview slot at one of three or four different centres.
You will remain in contention for all ACCS-AM/CMT vacancies available nationally - not just those in the region at which you are to be interviewed.
When giving programme preferences, there will be no restriction on how many you can rank. You can limit your preferences to a particular region, or include any number of programmes available nationally.
Because of the overlap between the two rounds, at the beginning of round 2 we will only be able to give an estimate of whether a region will have vacancies available.
When clearing closes - we will be able to give a more accurate summary of regional participation and availability of programmes; although this will not be until applications for round 2 close. However, please note that there are no guarantees of accuracy, as post numbers are subject to change during the round. If a region has no vacancies at the start of the round, it is possible they will add some during the process if any become available. Therefore, the only way to be in contention for posts which may arise later in the round is to submit an application.
What we will publish is:
- By the opening date for round 2 applications: an indication of each region's likelihood to have posts. Examples of the level of information we will publish for each region include:
- not expected to have any vacancies
- may have a few vacancies
- very likely to have vacancies, expected to have at least 10
- By the close of round 1 clearing: we will update this with the latest numbers known at that time.
As in round 1, vacancy numbers for round 2 will be published to the dates & posts page of this website.
Until clearing is completed, it is very difficult to be able to specify which regions will have vacancies and how many will be available. However round 2 will have considerably fewer posts than round 1; around 81% of all programmes were filled in round 1 in 2016.
Experience from previous years indicates that even those regions which filled all their programmes in round 1 could have programmes available in round 2, although this is likely to be a small number.
This is entirely up to you! However, if you apply in round 2, but then need to withdraw your application shortly afterwards due to accepting an offer via your round 1 application - this is absolutely not a problem.
The application period for round 2 overlaps the end of the offers period and national clearing for round 1. If you are still waiting for an outcome our advice is to be prepared to submit an application in round 2 so that if it appears you will not find out in time you are ready to submit before the deadline.
If you apply in round 2, and then receive a round 1 offer, don't feel under any pressure to accept it; if you would prefer to decline the offer and proceed with your round 2 application, then by all means you can do so.
Regardless of whether your round 1 application was successful or unsuccessful, you can still make an application in round 2. Recruiters/interviewers will not even know you made an application in round 1, less still its outcome.
One caveat to add here is that, if you accept a post in round 1, then re-apply and go on to accept a second post offer in round 2, it will be necessary to release one of your accepted posts, notify that region, then make arrangements with them regarding working a notice period; although in most cases, provided that you notify them as soon as you accept another offer, this will not be necessary.
Yes. If your visa/immigration status means your application is subject to the RLMT, you can be assessed as eligible in round 2, unlike round 1.
However, please note that before a post can be offered to an RLMT-subject candidate, all appointable candidates without restrictions must be considered first. This means that their might be a slight delay in offers being made to RLMT-subject candidates and they will be considered after other candidates, even if they scored higher.
More information on the resident labour market test (RLMT) is given on the UK eligibility page of this website.