Training as a doctor

Becoming a Doctor

Your training path as a doctor starts with medical school which can last between four to seven years depending on the route you take and the qualifications you already hold.  

  • You will need to complete a 5-year degree in medicine, recognised by the General Medical Council. 

For this you will need:  

  • at least 5 GCSEs grades 9 to 7 (A* or A), including English, maths and sciences 
  • 3 A levels, or equivalent, including biology and chemistry.

Medical schools will also expect you to have found out about the role of a doctor and what it’s like working in healthcare. They will also want evidence of your skills. Many universities will want you to have experience for medical school can include work experience, shadowing, volunteering, paid work and other opportunities.

**it is important to check as university entry requirement differ 

Training as a doctor (in years)

Your training continues after you graduate with the Foundation Programme and then you’ll have the opportunity to decide whether you’ll become a GP or a doctor in one of the 60 plus medical specialties. 

After completing your 5-year recognised degree in medicine, you will then do: 

  • 2 -year foundation course of general training 
  • 4 to 7 years of specialist training, depending on your chosen area of medicine 
  • If you already have a degree in a science subject (minimum upper second), you could take a 4-year graduate entry programme into medicine.