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    Hi, I'm currently a mechanical/electrical engineer for a company called Proserv. However, after being employed there for 6 months I've realised this really isn't the line of work, or industry that I want to work in.

    I'm 19 years old now, time is getting on and I need to decide on what I want to do. I've always enjoyed the idea of becoming a psychiatrist ever since a young boy and also enjoy all the aspects behind being a physiatrist.


    I read that to train to become one, you need to do 5 years of University for the medical degree, 2 further years of foundation training and then 6 years of specialist training.

    But to get onto the medical degree, what college courses would I need to take in order to get into medical school?

    Thank you.
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    Traditional A levels in science subjects (including Chemistry) or you could take a recognised Access to Medicine course at a tertiary college.

    It's 'psychiatrist' by the way, but I"m sure it was just a typo
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    (Original post by blakey242)
    Hi, I'm currently a mechanical/electrical engineer for a company called Proserv. However, after being employed there for 6 months I've realised this really isn't the line of work, or industry that I want to work in.

    I'm 19 years old now, time is getting on and I need to decide on what I want to do. I've always enjoyed the idea of becoming a physiatrist, ever since a young boy and also enjoy all the aspects behind being a physiatrist.

    I read that to train to become one, you need to do 5 years of University for the medical degree, 2 further years of foundation training and then 6 years of specialist training.

    But to get onto the medical degree, what college courses would I need to take in order to get into medical school?

    Thank you.
    Are you sure you're interested in Psychiatry and not counselling/psychotherapy - the two professions are not the same.

    http://www.bacp.co.uk/student/what.php has more information about the second (and some paths into the career).
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    Traditional A levels in science subjects (including Chemistry) or you could take a recognised Access to Medicine course at a tertiary college.

    It's 'psychiatrist' by the way, but I"m sure it was just a typo
    Thank you for your reply! And yes haha, it was indeed a typo. So would the traditional A levels count as physics, biology and chemistry? At my college I can take 3/4 A levels, so would taking phycology as a 4th A level instead of the traditional 3 be of any mass help?
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    Are you sure you're interested in Psychiatry and not counselling/psychotherapy - the two professions are not the same.

    http://www.bacp.co.uk/student/what.php has more information about the second (and some paths into the career).
    Thanks for your reply and attaching the link. I've had a look on the website and I'm sure that I would want to train in psychiatry. Is there no way to become qualified as a Psychiatrist other than to get through med school and the further training? I've read on some forums people have achieved it through Psychology degrees. I'm not quite sure on what to believe there, as everywhere I have read, med school seems to be the only way.
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    (Original post by blakey242)
    Thanks for your reply and attaching the link. I've had a look on the website and I'm sure that I would want to train in psychiatry. Is there no way to become qualified as a Psychiatrist other than to get through med school and the further training? I've read on some forums people have achieved it through Psychology degrees. I'm not quite sure on what to believe there, as everywhere I have read, med school seems to be the only way.
    They were likely talking about Clinical Psychologists
    http://careers.bps.org.uk/area/clinical has more information as does https://nationalcareersservice.direc...l-psychologist . Application/entry onto the DClin/DClinPsy required for this route is highly competitive.
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    (Original post by blakey242)
    Thank you for your reply! And yes haha, it was indeed a typo. So would the traditional A levels count as physics, biology and chemistry? At my college I can take 3/4 A levels, so would taking phycology as a 4th A level instead of the traditional 3 be of any mass help?
    Yes, the usual route if you were taking A levels would be chemistry, biology and physics, but you could always do maths in place of either biology or physics. Three A levels is the standard offer, and you'd need to achieve A*AA to have a realistic chance of making a competitive application to medical school. There is also a clinical aptitude test for medical school, either the UKCAT or BMAT for a few universities. TSR is awash with information on both medicine in general as a degree and the UKCAT/BMAT so it's a good resource.

    Just a note about psychiatry/psychology. As you probably know, psychiatry is a medical speciality much in the same way as a GP or orthopaedic surgeon is which diagnoses and treats mental illnesses in the broadest sense - you would specialise in psychiatry after doing a general medical degree and foundation training. Psychology is the 'study of the mind' and involves counselling and the like - as PQ said above, the route into psychology is quite different.
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    (Original post by blakey242)
    Hi, I'm currently a mechanical/electrical engineer for a company called Proserv. However, after being employed there for 6 months I've realised this really isn't the line of work, or industry that I want to work in.

    I'm 19 years old now, time is getting on and I need to decide on what I want to do. I've always enjoyed the idea of becoming a psychiatrist ever since a young boy and also enjoy all the aspects behind being a physiatrist.


    I read that to train to become one, you need to do 5 years of University for the medical degree, 2 further years of foundation training and then 6 years of specialist training.

    But to get onto the medical degree, what college courses would I need to take in order to get into medical school?

    Thank you.
    I second the others in wondering whether you actually know what psychiatry is. Particularly your statement "I... enjoy all the aspects behind being a psychiatrist". Really? You enjoy being shouted at by psychotic patients? You enjoy detaining people against their will? You enjoy all the legal paperwork involved therein?

    What TV/films/books portray as psychiatry, sitting on a couch talking, working out the reasons for people's behaviour, is actually psychology in the UK. The bulk of a psychiatrists work is looking after and prescribing medications for those that are too dangerous (mainly to themselves) to leave hospital.

    You need to get work experience to apply for medicine anyway. Get it in psychiatry. See what they actually do.
 
 
 
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