What are the main things I need to know to become a doctor?

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Usman Haroon

Medical Student at King's College London.

This is a great question! In order to become a doctor, you must complete an MBBS course in the UK at a recognised institution. To apply for an MBBS programme, you need to have the relevant A-levels (usually Chemistry, Biology and another Alevel, all at A or A*), plus relevant GCSEs including Maths and English with good grades. Most medical schools in the UK also require you to sit an entrance exam called the UKCAT, and in some cases, the BMAT. You'll need to prepare adequately for these in order to maximise your chances of entry. You'll also need relevant work experience, preferably in the healthcare context, such as hospitals, GP practices, care homes or pharmacies. You should include these experiences in your personal statement when applying for university. If your application reaches the course requirements, you'll be selected for interview and, hopefully, a place at medical school. It's hard work but very rewarding, just make sure you definitely want to become a doctor - work experience is the best way to understand this! Hope that helps :)

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