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Training

The qualifications you need to get started in this sector

Personal Statements

As part of the application process you will need to write a personal statement. Here are some resources to help with this:

Funding

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Medicine

  • You will need to go to medical school. This generally involves applying through UCAS. During the registration process, you need to apply as an individual NOT through a school, college or centre. The deadline is 15 October
  • Admission tests are required before applying (either UKCAT, BMAT or GAMSAT, depending on the school)
  • There are different medical school courses you can take. There are 4 year accelerated programmes for graduates, or standard 5 year courses (including Brighton & Sussex Medical School). Use the Health Careers course finder to search for courses
  • Read our guide to the entry requirements, and admissions tests, for 4-year Graduate entry medicine [doc]
  • On a 4 year course you must cover the first £3,465 of your 1st year's tuition fees yourself. There is a NHS Bursary for years 2, 3 and 4 to cover £3,465 of the £9000 tuition fees. In all years, you can apply for a loan of up to £5,535 to cover the difference. In addition, there is a maintenance award attached to the NHS bursary with £1,000 non-means tested, plus a means tested element. This applied to 2016/17. Funding for 2017/18 is not known yet.
  • On a 5 year course you must cover the first 4 years' tuition fees. You may be able to apply for a full, income based, maintenance loan from Student Finance England.  For the fifth year, students enter the NHS Bursary Scheme where tuition fees are paid by the Department of Health (different arrangements for English & Welsh, Scottish & Northern Irish, EU & international students)

Allied Health Professions

Arts Therapies

  • Art, music or drama therapy require postgraduate qualifications (generally 2 years full-time or 3/4 years part-time)
  • Courses must be approved by, and lead to registration with, the Health Professions Council (HPC)
  • Students normally need to self-fund courses
  • Students are required to undergo therapy as part of the course

Dietetics

  • You will need a postgraduate qualification (2 years, full-time only)
  • Courses must be approved by, and lead to registration with, the Health Professions Council (HPC)
  • Tuition fees are funded by the NHS. Small grants and means-tested bursaries are also available
  • Practical placements will be part of the course

Occupational Therapy

  • You will need a postgraduate qualification (generally 2 years, full-time)
  • Courses must be approved by, and lead to registration with, the Health Professions Council (HPC)
  • Tuition fees may be funded by the NHS. Small grants and means-tested bursaries are also available
  • A minimum of 1,000 hours, typically a third of the course, is spent on practice placements

Speech and Language Therapy

  • You will need a postgraduate qualification (2 years, full-time only)
  • Courses must be approved by, and lead to registration with, the Health Professions Council (HPC)
  • Tuition fees are funded by the NHS. Small grants and means-tested bursaries are also available
  • Practical elements of the course are very important. They may take place in schools, NHS hospitals or community health clinics

Complementary Therapies

Other Training Options

Admission tests

Medical school admissions tests will include similar verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning tests to graduate employers. However, they may add knowledge based elements and/or judgement tests, such as the Decision Analysis Test (DAT) used in UKCAT