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Becoming a doctor requires a lot of hard work and dedication. Whether you want to be a general practitioner or practice a specific type of medicine, you are going to need to be passionate and hardworking if you hope to find success in a career as a doctor.

For those currently entrenched in their GCSE years who wish to become a doctor in the future, you are probably wondering what you can do now to secure your position in the medical field years down the line. Here is what you need to know:

Know the GCSEs You Need for Your Future Medical Career:

It starts here. In order to gain acceptance into a degree course in medicine spanning 5 years, the entry requirements are typically at least 5 GCSEs. These will include A grades in English and Maths and at least a B grade in science(s). In addition, you will also need two A’s and a B in chemistry in addition to maths, physics, or biology, plus an additional subject to complete the requirements for a career path as a physician. Many consider this a complicated and confusing time in their lives, so don’t be afraid to research and ask questions.

Make a Plan for your GCSEs: It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the above requirements as early as possible so you can plan accordingly. If you know what GCSE requirements you are going to attempt to fulfil in order to gain admission into a 5-year degree course, then you can guarantee to give those subjects priority when it comes to your revision. Planning and understanding what will be required of you is the surest way to ensure future success in your scores and studies.

Know What to Expect and Be Prepared: The last thing you would want to do is put years of time, effort, and stress into preparing to become a doctor only to discover that it is not the career path you envisioned or that you are not as happy as you thought you would be.  Do some research beforehand and understand the job requirements, responsibilities, and hours that are going to be expected of you. Even more, speak with your tutors and colleagues in order to gauge if this is the path for you.

Entering the medical field for a career as a doctor can be extremely challenging, to say the least. It will take up a lot of your time and energy both in your years of schooling and once you are actually working in the field. However, it is an extremely rewarding career for those who are passionate about it. If being a doctor is what you want, then all of the hard work during your GCSE years will definitely pay off once you are treating patients and improving lives.