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Job Description

Doctors work in a variety of settings such as hospitals, GP surgeries, health centres, armed forces or medical research to examine patients, diagnose illnesses and treat injuries and other medical conditions. They will prescribe appropriate treatment or medication or they may refer the patient to a specialist for further treatment.

Entry Requirements

You'll need:

a degree in medicine recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC)
a 2-year foundation course of general training
specialist training in general practice
You may be able to get NHS funding to pay for your course fees and help with your living expenses.

If you trained as a doctor overseas you'll need to contact the GMC for details about registering and practising in the UK.

Career Path and Progression

You could move into medical work in hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, the police or the prison service.

You could also work in education, teaching students training to be GPs.

You might also get involved in local issues, maybe as a member of a local medical committee or clinical commissioning group.

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National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • Excellent communication skills
  • the ability to understand and have empathy with your patients
  • a caring approach 
  • the ability to put people at ease
  • good analytical skills to diagnose illnesses and the best course of treatment
  • good IT skills.

Starting Salary

£27,000 to £31,000

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