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Frequently asked questions and answers
What different types of doctor are there?
There are many different «specialties», ranging from psychiatry, surgery, anaesthesia and pathology, through to radiology, general practice, obstetrics and gynaecology. Visit our explore roles section for further information.
How do I train to be a doctor?
The training is in three stages, medical school/university, foundation training and then specialty training.
What qualifications do I need to become a doctor?
A range of qualifications may be acceptable for entry into medical school. However, each medical school sets its own requirements, so you must check before making any applications.
How long is the training to become a doctor?
It partly depends on the qualifications you have before going to medical school, and the type of doctor you want to be. For example as a guide, it’ll take around 10 years to train as a GP (including medical school) and 14 years to train as a surgeon.
When do I receive a salary as a doctor?
Google information about pay for doctors.
Is an Access course enough for medical school?
Some medical schools may accept specific Access to medicine courses, but you should always check with the medical school before embarking on an Access course.
Is there financial help to support while I’m training to be a doctor?
You may be eligible to receive some financial support during your degree in medicine. More general information can be found on our financial support for medical and dental students page
Find more detailed information about the financial support available to medical students from the NHS Business Services Authority website
After medical school, you will usually be salaried during the foundation and specialty training stages.
Where can I find more information about a career as a doctor?
You can find more information about a career as a doctor by visiting the explore roles website.