How to become a paediatrician

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course

University

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
  • 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.

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.

You could be asked to take the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) or BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT), when you apply for a course. 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 Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has information on finding a placement.

Entry requirements

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

More Information

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Registration

Career tips

Check if your university has a paediatric society and get involved. The societies are a good way to hear about paediatric events, talks and training in your medical school.

Professional and industry bodies

You could join the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the British Medical Association for professional development and training opportunities.

Further information

You can find out more about careers in paediatrics from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and Health Careers.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of medicine and dentistry
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In your day-to-day duties you may:

  • assess children who are ill, injured or have disabilities
  • refer patients to specialist consultants for tests
  • prescribe medication, surgery or therapies
  • explain diagnosis and treatment plans to parents and children
  • write patient notes and produce medical reports for professionals
  • monitor patient progress and responses to treatments
  • supervise and train junior medical staff

Working environment

You could work in an NHS or private hospital, at a health centre or in the community.

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

You can apply for senior consultant roles, once you're on the General Medical Council Specialist Register.

You may go on to lead a team, manage a department or become medical director for an NHS Trust.

You could also move into teaching and training students, trainee doctors and other healthcare professionals.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a paediatrician right now.

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Courses In England

QAA ACCESS TO HE DIPLOMA (SCIENCE) (FL3)

  • Provider: HARTLEPOOL COLLEGE OF FURTHER EDUCATION
  • Start date: 30 September 2020
  • Location: HARTLEPOOL

Level 3 Access to HE Social Work and Social Studies

  • Provider: TAMESIDE COLLEGE
  • Start date: 21 October 2020
  • Location: Ashton-Under-Lyne

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