This course is open to UK students only. As well as meeting the academic requirements you must fulfil other criteria. Please see the entry requirements tab below for more details.
- Benefit from animal handling experience from day one
- Graduate with an additional award of BVMedSci, after completing an integrated research project in your fourth year
- Experience different veterinary placements, from first opinion veterinary surgeries to specialist referral centres
- Be part of an award-winning UK veterinary school with 99% student satisfaction, based on the National Student Survey 2018
- Progress automatically to the five-year BVM BVS with integrated BVMedSci course on successful completion of the gateway year - with the option of starting in September or April
This course helps widen participation in veterinary medicine and surgery. It provides an opportunity for students who might not otherwise consider entry to the profession, due to lack of opportunity or disadvantaging circumstances.
Alongside preliminary year students, you will study the basic science subjects of:
- animal biology
- animal care and behaviour
These are taught in integrated modules that illustrate how these key areas interlink. You will learn key chemical concepts, and the knowledge required of animal biology.
In addition, you will:
- broaden your understanding of relevant industries
- develop an appreciation of the role of animals in society
- expand your animal handling skills
On successful completion of the year, you will join year one of the five-year BVM BVS with integrated BVMedSci course.
Visit the five-year course page for more details.
RCVS and EAEVE
This course is recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE). We are one of only two UK veterinary schools fully accredited by the EAEVE.
University Farm and Dairy Centre
Sutton Bonington Campus is home to the Centre for Dairy Science Innovation and the University Farm and Dairy Centre - we have a 450 hectare mixed farm, with arable crops, 300 dairy cows (robotically milked), a sheep flock, environmental stewardship land and new and established woodland.
The farm is commercially run, with facilities for research and teaching, including a Farm Demonstration Centre; farm staff contribute to the teaching on our degree programmes.
The University of Nottingham is also taking the national lead for dairy research as the Centre of Innovation Excellence in Livestock. This has led to considerable investment and expansion in our dairy centre to deliver world leading research in livestock health and production to deliver improved food security and farming sustainability.
This course is open to UK students only. We will only consider applicants entering higher education for the first time so graduate students shouldn't apply.
To be eligible to apply for this course, you must currently be attending a state school and meet one of the following criteria at the time of application:
- Live in an area which is of low progression to higher education and/or a disadvantaged area - see our online postcode tool
- Have successfully completed a specified sustained widening participation scheme - for example, Nottingham Potential Summer School, Sutton Trust, Realising Opportunities, UNIQ
- Be a refugee at the time of application
- Spent more than three months in care
If you do not meet the above criteria you will need to meet two of the following criteria to be eligible:
- First in the family to higher education
- Have disadvantaging circumstances which the exam board(s) have not already taken into consideration
- Be a carer
A levels and GCSEs
Grade B in biology (or human biology) and chemistry and grade C in a third subject (excluding citizenship studies, critical thinking, general studies and global perspectives). A pass is required in science practical tests, if assessed separately.
Minimum of five GCSEs at grade 6 (B) to include chemistry, biology and physics (or double science, or core science, additional science and further additional science), maths and English language.
English language requirements
IELTS 7.5 (no less than 7.0 in any element)
GCSE/O level English language – minimum grade 6 (B)
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English – minimum grade B
Fluency and competence in English are essential for these courses and will also be assessed first-hand at interview.
For details of other English language tests and qualifications we accept, please see our entry requirements page.
Access courses: we will consider applicants who have undertaken access courses on an individual basis. 60 credits overall with 45 credits at level 3, of which 15 credits must be distinction. The diploma must include Biology and Chemistry to level 3. Minimum GCSE grades of 6 (B) in maths and English language.
DMM at BTEC National Diploma (subjects considered on an individual basis) including a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 6 (B) to include chemistry, biology, physics (or dual science), maths and English language.
Scottish Advanced Highers: Minimum of five grade Bs at National 5, to include chemistry, biology, physics, maths and English. Minimum of grades BB in Advanced Highers to include Chemistry and Biology.
For a full list of entry requirements terms, conditions and the admissions process please visit the school website.
Four weeks animal handling work experience from the broadest range possible is required, before you apply. We expect you to have some experience in one or more veterinary practices with small and large animals. Work experience can be done over varying hours/days. Five days of work experience equals one week.
Work experience is aimed at increasing your awareness of the role of the veterinary professional, rather than gaining specific skills or knowledge. Although many of our applicants have significantly more than four weeks experience, the important thing is the quality of your reflection and understanding, rather than just the amount covered.
We do not take applicants on for work experience on site. You should try to include some time spent on equine, lambing, dairy and small animal work. A range of settings, as well as types of animals is also useful.
It could include days at:
- rescue centres
- riding schools
A wide range of other opportunities may also count, please contact us if you have any queries. All work experience should be completed by the 15 October application deadline. Work experience booked after this date will not be taken into consideration.
Flexible admissions policy
In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, the University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy. We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures for more information.
Students with disabilities
The Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 requires that veterinary surgeons are able to give at least basic and emergency treatment to all common domestic species. Students with any disability should contact the school for advice before applying.
Students with criminal convictions
All students are required during the admissions process to disclose any criminal convictions. We undertake not to discriminate unfairly against conviction or other information revealed.
Teaching methods and assessment
You will need to achieve a variety of skill and knowledge-based learning outcomes through different types of assessment. Skills and behaviours are assessed using in-course module examinations, including:
- exam condition essays
- Objective Structured Practical Examinations (OSPEs)
- practical tests
- short projects
- vivas (oral exam)
Your knowledge is principally assessed in June examinations, which are online. In addition, informal assessment opportunities allow you to evaluate and reflect on the development of your skills and knowledge as you progress through the course.
Visit our teaching page for more information on how you will learn, including an example first-year timetable.
Teaching and learning methods
We use four main teaching methods:
- Signposting lectures cover key topics which will be further developed in self-study or practical sessions.
- Practical classes incorporating clinical skills. For example, live animal examination techniques and palpation, dissection, histology, diagnostic techniques, lab analysis.
- Structured self-study times to develop concepts further. These will include specific learning objectives, learning resources and time limits and are reviewed in clinical relevance or plenary sessions.
- Clinical relevance sessions are problem oriented, use clinical material or scenarios and involve small group, facilitator-led discussion. Sessions are timetabled at key points throughout the week. They develop your understanding, check knowledge learnt during self-study times, and identify and resolve learning problems.
Extra Mural Studies
A total of 12 weeks Animal Husbandry Extra Mural Studies (EMS) and 26 weeks Clinical EMS is undertaken. Animal Husbandry and Clinical EMS is organised in accordance with recommendations as defined by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Extra Mural Studies expose you to the practical, ethical, financial, managerial and interpersonal aspects of professional practice. EMS placements are appropriately supervised and assessed. Some EMS is integrated into the course timetable and some takes place during vacations, as well as during year five.
Frequently asked questions
Visit the school website to view frequently asked questions.
Chemistry: Atomic Structure and Bonding
This eight week module introduces you to atoms, moles and equations, and aims to provide you with a basic understanding of the periodic table, chemical bonding and structure. Lectures, practicals and self-study sessions will be delivered flexibly within an overall duration of 14 hours per week.
Chemistry: Compounds and Reactions
You will be given an introduction to various topics including: chemical energetics; redox reactions; acids, bases and buffers; and organic compounds. Lectures, practicals and self-study sessions will be delivered flexibly within an overall duration of 14 hours per week over eight weeks.
Biology: Cell Structure and Biochemistry
You will be given a general introduction to a variety of topics including: cell structure; biological molecules; enzymes; cellular respiration; cell membranes and transport; and genetic control of protein structure. Lectures, practicals and self-study sessions will be delivered flexibly within an overall duration of 14 hours per week for 16 weeks.
Biology: Health and Disease
During this eight week module, you will examine and consider the causes of diseases, inherited disease and genetics, immunity and the respiratory system. Lectures, practicals and self-study sessions will be delivered flexibly within an overall duration of 14 hours per week.
Biology: An Introduction to Body Systems
You will be introduced to some of the main topics for future study, such as the cardiovascular system, the gastrointestinal system, the nervous system, the musculoskeletal system and the reproductive system. Lectures, practicals and self-study sessions will be delivered flexibly within an overall duration of 14 hours per week for eight weeks.
The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer at the date of publication but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. This prospectus may be updated over the duration of the course, as modules may change due to developments in the curriculum or in the research interests of staff.
You will be provided with the knowledge, and the intellectual, practical and professional skills to fulfil the demands required of you to succeed and develop as an accomplished veterinary professional. You will be equipped with a thorough preparation in all aspects of basic, applied and clinical veterinary science, together with an ability for deductive thought, problem solving and research.
At the end of year three you will graduate with the Bachelor of Veterinary Medical Sciences (BVMedSci), and at the end of year five you will graduate with both the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM) and Bachelor of Veterinary Surgery (BVS) degrees.
Graduate destinations include:
- Mark Westwood - Veterinary Surgeon and Director, Pawsquad Stamford and Oakham
- Will Garton - Managing Director, Anvivets
- Rachel Whalley - Veterinary Surgeon, Northampton Vets4Pets
- Mark Plested - Diagnostic Imagine Resident, RVC
Average starting salary and career progression
98.1% of undergraduates from the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £30,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates who were available for employment, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
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.
The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2019, High Fliers Research).
Fees and funding
As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses. This includes purchasing essential items for the course such as waterproof clothing, wellington boots, a boiler suit, tunic and parlour top, surgical scrubs and clogs and veterinary equipment which may cost around £200. You are also required to cover the cost of a tetanus vaccination. The School provides you with £400 voucher towards the cost of a laptop of your choice.
Extra Mural Studies are self-funded and travel/accommodation costs will vary depending on location. You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies. Please note that these figures are approximate and subject to change.
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. For up to date information regarding tuition fees, visit our fees and finance pages.
Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £2,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.
* 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.
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.