The first step is to take a medical degree (MBBS, MBChB).
To be secure a place at medical school, you’ll need least 3 good
A Levels, including one or more science subjects (chemistry is
compulsory at most medical schools).
Work experience will also help you get into medical school as
well as improving your knowledge and understanding of
There are many hospitals throughout the UK which offer work
experience to Year 10/11 students, sixth formers and medical
students. Also consider other “caring” roles such as volunteering
with St John’s Ambulance or working in an old person’s home. The
Medical Schools Council and
Health Careers websites provide more
information about getting into medical school.
Medical degrees normally take five years, though you can
complete some graduate entry courses in four years (if you
already have a degree). Or, you can “Intercalate” (do a BSc degree
in one year), extending your medical degree by one year
to six years.
If you are interested in working in Mental Health, but do not
want to complete a medical degree, you may consider careers such as
psychology and counselling. The following organisations can provide