A general practitioner (GP) is a medical professional who cares for the health of whole communities. They would need to diagnose, treat and monitor patients who have any medical problems. A GP would work in a general practice but may need to visit patients at their homes on occasion. The conditions a GP would deal with vary, but would include things such as the common cold, athletes foot and asthma.

University course

In order to become a general practitioner you would need to attain a medical degree certified by the General Medical Council (GMC). Most medical degrees are around 5 years but may be more or less dependent on the course. You would then need to partake in a two year foundation course, which would further your training and development, followed by specialist training in general practice.

Education pathway

In order to get onto a medical degree you would need to attain a minimum of five GCSEs graded A-C, in subjects including science and mathematics, which would be enough to get you into college. You would then need to attain three A Levels at grades AAB, in subjects including biology and chemistry. The grade requirements would differ for each university. Medical degrees would involve practical and theoretical elements, and would deal with complex medical matters.

Work experience

Work experience is one of the most valuable assets a wannabe medical student can possess. This will show universities that you have experience in medical settings and that you are willing to work hard. Work experience would most likely be unpaid, and could be attained in settings such as a general practice or care home. A medical degree would also involve a great level of practical experience.

Career pathway after graduation

Once graduated you would need to partake in a two year foundation programme, which would involve general training. You would then need to complete specialist training in general practice in order to become a certified general practitioner. You can then begin work in a general practice or could go into other areas such as education, advisory work or healthcare in the workplace. Education and training would need to be completed during your career to maintain your skills.