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Doctors can specialise in a particular area, such as Opthalmology or Paediatrics, according to their interests and skills.
Opportunities for doctors extend beyond the hospital environment, there are also opportunities available in other areas such as the armed forces, prisons, or the Home Office working as a police surgeon.
It can take up to 12 years from studying medicine at undergraduate level to being appointed as a senior doctor (hospital consultant) or nine years to obtain GP status.
Doctors tend to work long hours and have to be on-call (available to work during the night) at certain times. On top of this, during your time as a house officer, you will also be studying for specialty exams which are understandably time consuming and demanding.u graduate from medical school you begin your career as a pre-registration house officer. This allows you to learn more about medical practice whist working at your particular level of competency, knowledge, and skills.
Generally, medical schools seek a good grade in chemistry at A-level and increasingly they require A-level biology. Some universities may accept two science AS levels (including chemistry) in place of one A level science subject. One other science subject is often required, eg physics (or physical science), or mathematics.
A good A-level grade in an arts subject such as history or a modern language will usually be accepted as a third A- level. Applicants with A-levels in arts subjects will need good passes at GCSE level in the sciences.
All applicants will be expected to have good GCSE passes in English and mathematics.
Students with mainly non-science A-levels are normally required to study a foundation course, which is an extra year in addition to the standard five years. Then comes the degree...