Pre-Veterinary Science Certificate

   
   
  

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UCAS code:D321
Qualification:UGCert
Type and duration:1 year
Qualification name:Pre-Veterinary Science
UCAS code
UCAS code
D321
Qualification
Pre-Veterinary Science | UGCert
Duration
1 year full-time
A level offer
ABB-BBB 
Required subjects
biology and chemistry at A level and one other accepted A level (please enquire about subjects); applicants will be interviewed by St George's University (see course overview) to assess their suitability 
IB score
32-30 (including specified grades in science subjects and English language) 
Course location
Sutton Bonington Campus 
Course places
5
School/department
 

Overview

This broad base of modules in the animal sciences to provide you with those elements considered essential for a subsequent veterinary degree.
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Successful completion of this one-year course will normally allow direct entry to the first year of the four-year fee-paying veterinary programme at St George's University, School of Veterinary Medicine, (SGUSVM), Grenada, West Indies,(www.sgu.edu) leading to the qualification of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM).

Students at SGU spend three years there before undertaking their fourth clinical year which can be at one of the UK affiliated vet
schools. Graduates of SGUSVM will be eligible to take the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Statutory Membership Examination allowing them to practise in the UK.

Entry to SGUSVM is conditional – you must obtain an overall mark in the certificate of at least 60% (and normally 60% in each module) a satisfactory reference from Nottingham and undertake a further interview with SGU who are responsible for making the final decision.

This route provides an alternative for the considerable number of well-qualified applicants who are unable to secure a place in one of the
UK veterinary schools.

Year one 

You will follow a broad base of modules in the animal sciences to provide you with those elements considered essential for a subsequent veterinary degree.

You'll take the same modules as students on our BSc Animal Science degree.

 

Entry requirements

A levels: ABB-BBB, including biology and chemistry at A level and one other accepted A level (please enquire about subjects); citizenship studies, critical thinking, general studies and leisure studies not accepted. Applicants will be interviewed by St George’s University to assess their suitability.

English language requirements 

IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)

Students who require extra support to meet the English language requirements for their academic course can attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE) to prepare for their future studies. Students who pass at the required level can progress directly to their academic programme without needing to retake IELTS. Please visit the CELE webpages for more information.

Alternative qualifications 

For details please see the alternative qualifications page

Flexible admissions policy

We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances.

 
 

Modules

Students following the certificate take the same modules as for year one of the BSc Animal Science (D320).


Typical Year One Modules


Compulsory

Animal Biology
Animals – both pets and livestock – play a big part in our lives. In this module, you’ll be introduced to animal ecology and evolution and examine the basis of animal interactions with humans. You’ll then look at domestication and how animal production systems have been developed. Using practical laboratory sessions and lectures, you’ll learn more about animal biology and explore the way in which animal product quality can be manipulated.  
 
 
The Biosciences and Global Food Security
How can you use science to help improve global food security? This module introduces you to the issues of global food security and the complexity existing in different parts of our food generation system. Looking across the food supply chain, you’ll cover the evolution of crops, crop and animal production, and the food industry. Importantly, you’ll also look at sustainable nutrition because food security isn’t just about supply – it’s important that people are getting the right kind of food. You’ll learn about these issues through a mix of lectures and practical laboratory sessions. You’ll also develop professional skills to work safely in laboratory situations.
 
Biochemistry - The Building Blocks of Life
Have you ever wondered how some crops can resist diseases? This module provides you with the fundamentals for understanding biochemical processes in living organisms. You’ll be introduced to the basic structure, properties and functions of the four key biological macromolecules: nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates and lipids. You’ll also look at the metabolic pathways occurring in cells, such as respiration, photosynthesis and the biosynthetic pathways for the key macromolecules. In addition to lectures, you’ll have practical laboratory sessions to learn how to use key biochemical techniques for the separation and analysis of macromolecules and measurement of the metabolic process.  
 
Foundation Science
A solid understanding of mathematics, physics and chemistry is essential for a scientist. This module will provide you with the foundation knowledge of mathematics and statistics, physics and chemistry needed for your future studies. It compensates for potential gaps in understanding resulting from different prior education. The mathematics and statistics element includes powers and logs, differentiation, significance and regression. The physics element includes energy and heat, light and the electromagnetic spectrum, attenuation/absorption, and radioactivity. The chemistry element includes elements and periodic table; atomic structure and bonding; intermolecular attractions, chemical equilibrium; acids and bases, oxidation and reduction; rates of reaction; and basic organic chemistry, isomerism, and rings. You’ll have lectures from experts in these fields and use computer-aided learning practicals to apply what you’ve learnt.
 
Introduction to Nutrition 
Nutrients are vital to humans and animals, but how do they work? In this module you’ll be given a comprehensive introduction to the key concepts in the field of nutrition, including macronutrients, energy metabolism, vitamins and minerals. Depending on your interest, you’ll be able to focus on human or animal nutrition. This means you can choose to look at the role of nutrition in human disease (including coronary heart disease, cancer, obesity and diabetes), or learn about animal nutrition and what it means for food production. You’ll learn about nutrition through a mix of lectures, practical sessions and e-learning. 
 
Genes and Cells 1 
The basic functional units of life are cells. In this module you’ll learn about the growth and development of cells, focusing on mitosis, meiosis, cell division and differentiation. You’ll get to explore the ultrastructure – the structure of a cell too small to be seen with an ordinary microscope – of animal, plant and bacterial cells and even viruses. Once you have this foundation understanding, the second part of the module covers fundamental genetic principles and you’ll be able to answer the questions: What are the Mendelian laws of inheritance? How are genes expressed? You’ll have lectures from current researchers in the field and the opportunity to apply your learning in the laboratory and in workshops.
 
Academic Development and Employability
This module aims to enhance your academic and professional development via small group work within tutor groups. You’ll become equipped in areas such as essay-writing, presentational skills (oral and written), critical interpretation of published materials, and other generic skills that should benefit you in other modules throughout your degree. You’ll have a one hour lecture and 45 minute tutorial each week to study for this module.
 
 
Genes and Cells 2 
In a series of lectures, workshops and practicals you’ll further develop your understanding of gene structure, function and regulation and investigate how this knowledge can be applied in recombinant DNA technology through DNA sequencing and genetic engineering.
 
 
Introductory Physiology
This module introduces and explains the major physiological systems which are essential for life: the central nervous system, the respiratory system, the cardiovascular system, the renal system and the digestive system. You’ll understand the structures and functions of the major organs and the functions of individual cell types. The module will cover animal functions including their reactions to the internal and external environments, reproduction and development. You’ll have weekly lectures and one practical class.
 
 

 

Optional modules - there are no optional modules on this course

 

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

 
 

Careers

You will have a sound knowledge of fundamental scientific principles and practices including those elements of animal science considered essential for the subsequent Veterinary degree at SGUSVM.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2014, 91% of first-degree graduates in the School of Biosciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £20,257 with the highest being £28,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU first-degree graduates, 2013/14.

Careers Support and Advice

Studying for a degree at The University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take. Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our Careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.  

 
 

Fees and funding

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help.

Home students*

There are several types of bursary and scholarship on offer. Download our funding guide or visit our financial support pages to find out more about tuition fees, loans, budgeting and sources of funding.

To be eligible to apply for most of these funds you must be liable for the £9,000 tuition fee and not be in receipt of a bursary from outside the University.

* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

International/EU students

The University of Nottingham provides information and advice on financing your degree and managing your finances as an international student. The International Office offers a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees.  
 
 

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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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