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Veterinary Medicine including a Gateway Year

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

including grade B in Chemistry and Biology and grade C in a third subject (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) at A level. A pass is required in science practical tests, if assessed separately

Access to HE Diploma

D:15,M:0,P:30

Subjects considered on an individual basis. Diploma must include Biology and Chemistry at level 3. GCSE Maths must be passed at grade B (6) and GCSE English language passed at grade C (4)

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M1,M1,M3

including grade M1 in Chemistry and Biology and grade M3 in a third subject.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

including 5 in Biology and Chemistry, and any 4 third subject at Higher Level.

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

DMM

Subjects considered on an individual basis.

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B

in Biology and Chemistry. This qualification is acceptable when combined with Scottish Higher grades BBBCC, to include Biology and Chemistry.

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,C,C

including Biology and Chemistry. This qualification is acceptable when combined with Advanced Higher grades BB in Biology and Chemistry.

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

C

This qualification is acceptable when combined with A level grades BB in Biology and Chemistry.

UCAS Tariff

96-123

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About this course


Course option

6.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Veterinary medicine

Choose a course that's dual-accredited and gives you an exceptional student experience - 97% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2019.

Our veterinary courses are accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). We're also one of only two UK veterinary schools that are accredited by the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE).

If you meet certain criteria and your personal circumstances may have restricted achievement at school or college, this course could help you to get started in veterinary medicine.

You'll study biology and chemistry, while also gaining an introduction to animal behaviour and care. This will help you join the main five-year course with confidence and a solid foundation of knowledge.

You'll have a combination of lectures and practical classes, putting your learning in context and helping you get used to university-level study.

Most of your learning will take place in our purpose-built veterinary school, where you'll have access to:
- anatomy and clinical labs

- a surgery and dissection suite

- lecture theatre and small-group teaching rooms

- research facilities

- animal facilities such as kennels, stables, exotic pet rooms and sheep and pig housing

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- You'll also use specialist facilities, including:

- the University Farm

- the Centre for Dairy Science Innovation (CDSI)

- a paperless Super Lab

After completing your gateway year you'll automatically join our five-year veterinary medicine and surgery course.

Modules

During the gateway year you'll study the science that underpins animal biology and chemistry. Biology topics include cell structure, biochemistry, health and disease. Chemistry topics include compounds, reactions, atomic structures and bonding.

You'll also learn about animal behaviour and care, gain an understanding of relevant industries, develop an appreciation of the role of animals in society and practice your animal handling skills.

There are a total of five modules in the gateway year.

After successfully completing your gateway year, you'll automatically join our five-year veterinary medicine and surgery course.

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:

University Park Campus

Department:

School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

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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.

99%
high
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

99%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
97%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
99%
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

95%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
97%
Course specific equipment and facilities
99%
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?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
20%
Male students
80%
Female students
51%
2:1 or above
4%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
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.

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
99%
low
Employed or in further education
98%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

95%
Health professionals
2%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
1%
Artistic, literary and media occupations

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.

£31k

£31k

£33k

£33k

£38k

£38k

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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