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“If you are interested in science and medicine, and want to help people, this career could be ideal for you.”


GPs provide medical care for patients in the community. They diagnose and treat illness, disease and infection.

To become a GP, you will need to complete a degree in medicine. Then you will need to pass a two-year foundation programme of general training. You will also need specialist training in general practice.

A GP needs to have compassion and a sense of responsibility. They need to put people at ease, and gain their trust and confidence. They also need to work under pressure and make quick decisions.

Doctors that specialise in a particular aspect of health work in both NHS and privately run hospitals and health centres.

Skills you'll learn at South Devon College

  • human biology and chemistry
  • improved English and IT skills
  • communication and presentation skills
  • the ability to work under pressure, make quick decisions and meet deadlines
  • personal and social development
  • various A level specialisms

Your future

  • almost 95% of care occupations will require qualifications at level 2 or above by 2020.
  • 44,000 people are expected to be employed in health and social work across the south west by 2020
  • 52,000 new jobs will be created nationally in the health and social work sector by 2020 - a 1% increase on 2010 job totals. 4,000,000 in total
  • 100% of Health and Social Care students moved forward into a positive destination, including employment, apprenticeships and further study
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