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Veterinary Gateway Programme

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C

including: Biology; Chemistry; One other subject of your choice (excluding General Studies).

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

P1,P1,P1

in three Principal subject including: Biology; Chemistry; One other subject of your choice.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

(Only in addition to other qualifications). A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) including the following subjects: Combined Science (or Biology and Chemistry if taken as separate GCSEs); English Language; Mathematics. For Scottish applicants, at least National 5 grade C in: English; Mathematics;

444 at Higher Level in: Biology; Chemistry; One other subject. Where candidates have not taken GCSEs prior to the IB Diploma, they will need a minimum of grade 4 in: EITHER MYP Mathematics (standard or extended) OR SL Mathematics Analysis and approaches OR SL Mathematics Applications and interpretation. SL English A Mathematical Studies cannot be accepted in lieu of Mathematics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

The following Level 3 Extended Diplomas are accepted with specific unit requirements (see the RVC website for details): Pearson 'Applied Science' or 'Biomedical Science'; Pearson 'Animal Management'; City & Guilds 'Animal Management (Science)'.

Scottish Advanced Higher

C,C

in Biology and Chemistry in addition to 5 Highers at grade C or above including: Biology; Chemistry; and at least National 5 grade C in: English; Mathematics;

See 'Scottish Advanced Higher'.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

C

Applicants who have achieved the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate with grade C will be accepted with two A Levels: Biology at grade C Chemistry at grade C

UCAS Tariff

80-96

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About this course


Course option

6.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

Pre-clinical veterinary medicine

Veterinary medicine

The Veterinary Gateway programme is a targeted Widening Participation initiative aimed at students who want to study veterinary medicine but who might not otherwise meet our entry requirements. This is a six-year course that integrates a preparatory 'Gateway' year designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to study veterinary medicine. Successful completion of the Gateway year does not give you a qualification in itself, but does lead automatically into our five-year BVetMed programme, which will qualify you to practice as a veterinarian.

This course is open to UK students only, who come from a Widening Participation background. The full criteria can be found on the RVC website.

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Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

main site

Department:

Royal Veterinary College

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

82%
low
Pre-clinical veterinary medicine
82%
low
Veterinary medicine

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Veterinary medicine and dentistry

Teaching and learning

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

78%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
56%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

66%
UK students
34%
International students
19%
Male students
81%
Female students
1%
2:1 or above
3%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
A
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Pre-clinical veterinary medicine

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£30,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
99%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

99%
Health professionals
1%
Sports and fitness occupations
1%
Animal care and control services

Good news for would-be vets! Almost all graduates get jobs as vets on finishing their courses, and salaries are much better than the average for graduates. In fact, we produce the same number of vets every year than we did 10 years ago (a few hundred) and that means there are signs of shortages in the profession as the population increases. Not surprisingly, many jobs are in rural areas, and vets are much less likely than most other graduates to work in large cities.

Veterinary medicine and dentistry

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£30,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
99%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

99%
Health professionals
1%
Sports and fitness occupations
1%
Animal care and control services

Good news for would-be vets! Almost all graduates get jobs as vets on finishing their courses, and salaries are much better than the average for graduates. In fact, we produce the same number of vets every year than we did 10 years ago (a few hundred) and that means there are signs of shortages in the profession as the population increases. Not surprisingly, many jobs are in rural areas, and vets are much less likely than most other graduates to work in large cities.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Veterinary sciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£32k

£32k

£35k

£35k

£39k

£39k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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