How to become a GP
You can get into this job through a university course or an apprenticeship.
To become a GP you'll need to complete:
- a degree recognised by the General Medical Council which takes 5 years
- a foundation course of general training which takes 2 years
- general practice specialist training which takes 3 years
If you already have a degree in a science subject, you could do a postgraduate degree in medicine which takes 4 years.
If you do not have any science qualifications, you might be able to do a degree in medicine which takes 6 years and includes a pre-medical year.
When you apply for a course in medicine, you might have to take the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) or BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT).
You'll be tested on skills like critical thinking, problem solving, data analysis, communication and scientific knowledge.
Medical schools will also expect you to have some paid or voluntary work experience in healthcare.
You can get information on how to get medical work experience from the British Medical Association.
You could also use Observe GP which is a free online alternative to work experience created by the Royal College of General Practitioners.
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
From September 2024, you might be able to do a doctor degree apprenticeship which will take around 5 years to complete.
The apprenticeship is recognised by the General Medical Council.
You could then progress to the foundation course of general training before completing the specialist training in general practice.
Employers will set their own entry requirements.
- 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 has a guide on what it means to be a good doctor. You might find this useful when preparing for medical school interviews.
You can use online resources to find out more about the types of interviews you can expect to get into for medical school.
Professional and industry bodies
You could join the British Medical Association for professional development and training opportunities.