Do you enjoy finding solutions to problems?
Are you able to communicate with, and care for others in a variety of ways? Do you have an interest in a science subject?
If so, then a career in the medical sector could be for you!
- There are over 300 different National Health Service careers, and over a million people in the UK work in them, from radiographers and doctors to specialist nurses, caterers and accountants.
- You should expect to have to work shifts – that means, working outside the usual 9am to 5pm hours – if you choose to work in the medical sector. People who need help, need it 24 hours a day!
- Healthcare is a leading employer in the South of England– 405,000 people, representing 13% of the population, in the SW and 564,000, 11% in the South East which includes Oxford, Thames Valley and Solent.
Routes into this sector
There are various types of qualifications available at different levels.
- GCSEs in English, maths and science will help get you into this sector.
- At 16 you could do A Levels, which are general academic subjects or develop your knowledge and skills for this sector through an apprenticeship/traineeship or through a vocational qualification.
- At 18 or 19 you could do a higher education/degree level course, with 8 out of 10 A Level students choosing this pathway and half of all BTEC National students. However there are also other routes into your chosen career - through apprenticeships and vocational qualifications.
If you want to become a midwife, nurse, dentist, physiotherapist, doctor or other specialist health professional, you will need good GCSEs, and then do ‘A’ Level or equivalents, which include a level 3 apprenticeship or an Access to HE course. You will need to study up to degree level and complete extensive on-the-job training.
There are some jobs that you can do via an apprenticeship pathway, including nursing.
Use the Course Search
Use the relevant search options on our Course Search to find college and university courses as well as vacancies for apprenticeships.
More help finding courses and training
- To find out more about the qualifications needed in this sector go to NHS Careers
- Find out what qualifications you need to study medicine in higher education.
- To find out whether there is an apprenticeship training course related to a medical career that might suit you.
- To search for an apprenticeship vacancies available now related to a medical career, across England (you need a vacancy to be able to apply)
- To find apprenticeship vacancies near you. Also, there are other ways to find an apprenticeship explained here.
- To find a vocational course related to design at a college (also check the college's website to get the latest list of courses)
- To find a university level course related to medicine or nursing or physiotherapy or dentistry
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