Most professions within healthcare require formal training. Requirements vary between institution and course, but some have alternative routes, particularly if you've already started out in healthcare.

Find out more about routes and qualifications for:


Allied health professionals (AHPs)


Ambulance services


Complementary and alternative therapies

  • Find out about courses in reflexology. You do not need to be registered or have official qualifications to be a reflexologist, but membership with a professional body will prove that you are reputable.
  • Here are details of training courses offered by the British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis (BSCAH). Many other organisations offer courses in hypnotherapy, it may help you to have some experience in counselling.


Dental care 

Dental surgeons train for five years before qualifying. Read Careers and Education  on the British Dental Association website to begin understanding how you train in this field. Take a look at the dental schools you can study at in the UK, and find out about the Vocational Dental Practitioners ' (VDPs') year, and check which qualifications are recognised by the General Dental Council.

There are many other roles in the dental team that don't require such intense study - find out what you need to become a dental nursedental hygienist or dental technician


Healthcare science


Mental health

  • Find out how you can train to be a psychotherapist.
  • For more about careers in psychology for undergraduates or postgraduates and for other resources visit the British Psychological Society's careers pages
  • Follow the career pathway to becoming a psychiatrist, and find out about work experience opportunities.
  • Counselling is often taken up as a second career (BACP), and there are plenty of training opportunities. There are no legal minimum qualifications, but to be on the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) register you will need certain qualifications. Browse the directory of accredited training providers.


Nursing and midwifery 

Find out how to become a nurse or midwife, and what the entry requirements are for nursing and midwifery and more about becoming a student nurse or midwife.


Other healthcare roles