A day as an accident and emergency doctor

You work in the emergency department at your local NHS hospital, and your first patient is a 6 year old who has been hit by a car on his way to school. You lead a team of healthcare professionals in resuscitating the child. At the same time you are supervising the management of two other patients in the resuscitation room, one is a man who is having a heart attack and the other is a lady with a miscarriage. Shortly after these patients have been transferred to specialist wards you talk to the parents of the child who have just arrived in a distraught state. The day then gets busy.. Throughout your shift, you work through a queue of patients who have all sorts of injuries and complaints. You never know quite who or what will come through the door next.

Does this sound like you?

You like making quick decisions and living moment-to-moment. You work well in a team, stay calm under pressure and can communicate with people from all walks of life.

What's next after GCSE?

You're likely to need around nine high grade 9-6 (A*-B) GCSE grades (or the equivalent), preferably including a science subject, and be all set to take at least three A levels (or the equivalent).

What's next after A level and beyond?

You'll need to apply for a GMC-recognised degree in medicine at university. Getting three good A level grades (or equivalent level 3 qualifications) is essential, as medicine is a very competitive area. It's important to check different university entry requirements as these vary between institutions. After university, you'll need to do further general and specialist training to work as doctor in accident and emergency medicine.