How to become a GP
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
You'll need to complete:
- a 5-year degree in medicine, recognised by the General Medical Council
- a 2-year foundation course of general training
- a 3-year specialist training course in general practice
If you already have a degree in a science subject (minimum upper second), you could take an accelerated 4-year graduate entry programme.
You may be able to join a 6-year degree course in medicine if you have no science qualifications. This includes a one-year pre-medical or foundation year.
When you apply for a course in medicine, you could be asked to take the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) or BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT). They test the skills you'll need on the course, like critical thinking, problem solving, data analysis, communication and scientific knowledge.
Medical schools will also expect you to have some relevant paid or voluntary work experience. The British Medical Association has information on finding a placement.
The Royal College of General Practitioners has an online alternative work experience platform: Observe GP.
You'll usually 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
- after your training you'll need to join the General Medical Council GP Register, and apply for a licence to practise as a doctor
The General Medical Council produces a guide to what it means to be a good doctor. It's useful reading when preparing for medical school interviews.
There are online resources to help you prepare for BMAT and UCAT and to find out more about the types of interviews you can expect for medical school entry.
Professional and industry bodies
You could join the British Medical Association, for professional development and training opportunities.