School of Veterinary Medicine and Science


Below is a list of questions that we have been asked at open days, through to some more general enquiries.  Topics covered include admissions, teaching & learning, school & campus facilities, accommodation and sports.  If you can't find the answer to your question here, please email .

The Course
The School and Student Life



What are the entry requirements? 
Entry requirements are here.
What AS grades do I need? 
AS levels are no longer considered as the majority of schools have moved to a linear programme.
If I do not meet the minimum grades at GCSE, but have higher grades in some subjects, will this be accepted? 
No, you must meet the minimum.  Higher grades in other subjects will not compensate. 
Will I get more credit in the admissions process with more A's at GCSE/AS level, additional A levels or Extended Project Qualification? 
No - you do not get extra credit for having higher grades or additional qualifications. 
What predicted A level grades do I need? 
We do not consider predicted grades at all. 
What third A level subject is preferred for the 5 year course? 
We do not prefer any subject over another, albeit we do not accept General Studies or Critical Thinking. We have found that those who have done English, PE, Psychology etc as a third subject have exactly the same year average at the end of year 1 as those who have done Maths or Physics. We look for more than just academics in our students, so we suggest you take a subject that you really enjoy. 
How flexible are the admissions requirements? 
Details can be located here
Do you accept Access or BTEC qualifications? 
Yes, for the D190 and D104 courses we accept these qualifications at level 3. However we do not accept BTEC qualifications in place of GCSE. 
What other entry requirements will you accept? 
Entry requirements are located here 
Can I apply as a graduate? 
We do not offer a specific graduate-entry route to Veterinary Medicine. However science graduates are welcome to apply for the 5 year D100 course. There is no preference given to any set of applicants, all applicants are treated equally so there is no quota for graduate places. 
Do you accept resits? 
For the D100 and D104 course, we accept one resit attempt per subject at GCSE and A Level.  Candidates with re-sits would not be disadvantaged throughout the admissions process however a B grade requirement is increased to an A grade after a resit. If resitting exams take you into a third year of A Levels, our offer increases to AAA. We do not accept any third attempts.. 
Can I reapply?
With regards to our reapplication policy, we will consider another application if you applied to us one year and were not interviewed.  We will consider a reapplication following failure to gain an offer after interview only once you have completed a subsequent undergraduate degree.  We will consider a reapplication if you gained an offer but failed to meet the grades.  We will not consider a third application.
What is the difference between the 3 courses? 

All 3 courses lead to the same qualification as a veterinary surgeon, but they have different entrance requirements.

  • D100 is five years, and requires science qualifications, such as A levels.
  • D104 has an extra year 0, and is a conversion route for those without science A levels.
  • D190 has an extra year 0, and has slightly lower grade requirements for candidates who have had disadvantaging circumstances in some way.
How do I obtain a copy of the brochure? 
Do you require BMAT? 
No, we do not consider BMAT scores for entry. 
What are the tuition fees? 
Details of fees can be found on the University's Policy and Planning pages. 
What are the fees charged to graduate students? 
We will be charging the standard tuition fee to graduate students. Details of fees can be found on the University's Policy and Planning pages.
Can I defer my entry and take a gap year? 
Yes, we encourage imaginative and relevant use of any gap year. Applying for a deferred place will not affect your application in any way.
What is the admissions process? 
An overview of our admissions process is located here 
How do I make my Personal Statement stand out? 
We do not assess personal statements in this way so you do not need to waste wordcount on impact grabbing headlines! You need to make sure you cover why you want to be a vet, what you know about the profession, what you have learnt from your work experience, responsibilities and leaderships, achievements, social activities you are interested in etc…..We will ask for more details of your work experience in our online questionnaire, so don’t waste space listing full details of your work experience.
What further information do I need to provide? 
Information on our further information paper and Situational Judgement Test (SJT) can be found on admissions process.
Will I have to undertake work experience? 
We require at least 4 weeks animal-related work experience before you apply (which could be, for example, working at a practice, at a stables or on a farm). We do not give extra credit for additional weeks. Ideally, all work experience should be completed within the two years prior to application.
Do you require references from my work experience? 
We do not consider references, except in marginal offer decisions. References will be requested if required.
Do you want to be sent my portfolio of case notes from my work experience? 
No, we do not want this work to be sent to us. You may bring it to interview and if time permits the interviewers may browse the data.
Does work experience in research contribute to the necessary 4 weeks?
We would consider this as work experience only if the research involved work with live animals. 
What other qualities do you look for in a potential student? 
We will be looking for evidence of skills that are needed to become a veterinary surgeon. These include empathy, willingness to responsibility, integrity, team-working, intellectual ability, capacity to innovate, organisation, initiative and a wider understanding of the future developments and challenges offered by the veterinary profession.
How long will it be before I know if I am offered a place? 
We are aiming for all our decisions to be made in UCAS by the end of March. 
Are you able to provide feedback on my application?
We have a vast number of requests for feedback from students who did not gain a place at Nottingham - unfortunately we are unable to provide detailed feedback to applicants, parents, teachers or other individuals.
How many places are available?
We take approximately 165 students for the 5 year course (D100), and approximately 25 for both our 6 year courses (D104 and D190). 
How many students will apply? 
We receive around 1800 applications across all 3 courses – this does seem a lot, but remember these people are also applying to other universities. We will be taking around 165 students for the 5 year course (D100), and approximately 25 for both our 6 year courses (D104 and D190). 
How many interviews will be given?
We will interview approximately 650 students.
Can I transfer from another course either at Nottingham or any other University? 
No, as our course is fully integrated it is not possible to transfer from any other course into the BVM BVS. We do not accept applications from any applicant who has started but not completed a degree course elsewhere.
What is the relationship of the Vet School to the Pre-Veterinary Science Certificate run by the School of Biosciences?
The Pre-Veterinary Science course is a one year certificate course that if successfully completed normally allows direct entry to the first year of the four year veterinary programme at St George's University, School of Veterinary Medicine, (SGUSVM) Grenada, West Indies, leading to the qualification DVM. Graduates of SGUSVM will be eligible to take the RCVS Statutory Membership Examination allowing them to practise in the UK. It is not possible to transfer from this course into the first or any subsequent year of the BVM BVS.
I was ill during my GCSEs and have lower than predicted results, will you take this into account?
We would expect you to tell us whether your school had submitted mitigating circumstances to the relevant exam board. If consideration had been given by the exam board then we would not allow further compensation. If no compensation was applied for and proof of illness can be provided we would consider your application, although we would need your school to provide us with further information on your academic ability. It is important that you flag this up with the Admissions Team as soon as possible and again confirm it once you have submitted your UCAS form (referencing your UCAS number).
I would like to make an appeal/have a complaint about my application, what do I do?
Applicants can appeal through a complaints process about misleading or incorrect information by the University and concerns about the application or interview process.
( However they cannot challenge the academic judgement of a member of staff and/or School, including the outcome of an admissions decision nor disagreement with the admissions policy rather than its application. The complaint is handled initially at local level, followed, if required by Head of School then ultimately by a Head of Service or Faculty.
I am dyslexic/have a disability – will I still be considered?
Absolutely! All students are required to complete a medical assessment form which is reviewed by the University Occupational Health Team prior to joining the course. This may result in referral to Occupational Health prior to admission or assessment by University of Nottingham Academic or Disability Support staff. Occupational Health will provide recommendations on the suitability of the applicant to study on the course. These assessments may result on preparation of either an Academic or Disability Referral Form. These will provide for reasonable adjustments to be put in place for teaching or examinations, which will be discussed with the School to determine whether providing these adjustments is feasible. The assessment may suggest reasonable adjustments required and in extreme cases, has required students to undertake a gap year in order to improve their health prior to joining the course. The Occupational Health team assesses students against national Higher Education Occupational Physicians guidance to ensure that students are able to meet RCVS Day One Competences.
Why are GCSE grades important if you are capable of getting 3 As at A'level? 
GCSE grades are important as they demonstrate broad academic achievement.  In addition, five As at GCSE is broadly indicative of your prospectice achievement at A level. 
I'm doing a degree - when can I apply?
If you are studying for a degree, you must be in your final year so that you have completed the degree prior to joining us. We will not consider an application if you leave, or have left, a degree course without completing it.
Why should I apply to Nottingham Veterinary School? 

Our student experience is second to none, as shown in our position topping the National Student Survey, Association of Veterinary Students Survey, Times/Sunday Times Guides and more. Our courses have been designed with clinical outcomes in mind and are based upon excellence in teaching informed by scientific research. Our philosophy is that your education needs to be hands-on, bringing you into contact with animals and clinical case scenarios from the very beginning of your course. We put particular emphasis on the development of practical, clinical and professional skills as well as knowledge. You are able to follow your own interests with the year 3 research project and are awarded a BVMedSci degree.

You will find that the culture of the School is overwhelmingly friendly and supportive – we want you to be as excited as the staff to be at Nottingham Veterinary School, and of course it goes without saying that we want you to do well.

We are very proud of our graduates who attract the highest salaries and have 100% employment within 6 months. Our new graduates often receive offers for jobs that traditionally are for experienced graduates 1 or 2 years out of veterinary school.



The Course


What is a BVM BVS? 
This is two degrees – the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and the Bachelor of Veterinary Surgery. You will need to obtain both degrees to practice as a veterinary surgeon.
Is the course accredited by the RCVS?
Yes, in June 2011, The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons made its unanimous recommendation for the degree's approval to the Privy Council after a detailed visitation and audit process.
Will I be able to practice as a vet in the UK with a BVM BVS? 
Yes. All vet courses require accreditation from the RCVS to allow students to practice as vets on graduation, and this course now has its formal accreditation in place.
Are you accredited by the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association)?
We are in communication with the AVMA and have taken some initial steps towards gaining accreditation. We are aiming to achieve accreditation in 2018.
Will the course have any bias to large animals? 
We provide you with the day one competencies required to successfully and competently enter the veterinary profession and we will supply you with a rounded education. The course is not biased towards large/small animals or equine.
Is there a point in the course where a choice must be made about specialisations (e.g. large/small animal work)?
No, the course will provide a rounded education. It is not an objective to stream students to be partly specialised at graduation. However students may be able to take advantage of opportunities to develop particular interests in their clinical years or through their research projects.
How will the course be taught?
The course is be taught by a mix of lectures, problem-oriented small group work and seminars, practicals and self-directed learning.
What will I learn in each year? 
When will I start to have contact with animals? 
We believe that the best way to train veterinary surgeons is to ensure that they are exposed to patients and clinical case scenarios from the beginning of the course.
What is a problem oriented based approach to learning?
This approach develops critical thinking and problem identification and solving skills through a team based case investigation. For example, a case may involve clinical examination of a patient, subsequent problem identification and solving will then integrate a number of topics learned throughout the course.
Why is there a specific research project in the middle of the course? 
We believe that research is critical to the development to many aspects of the veterinary profession. Nottingham is a research-led University and our learning experience will draw upon leading-edge teaching methods and the latest research advances. We also feel that there is a need to develop veterinary professionals that have a quest for continual learning. Our research component will offer academic challenge and develop both professional and personal skills.
Can I take an intercalated degree?
Yes, it could be possible to integrate a Masters or PhD at Nottingham, and BSc degrees elsewhere, subject to funding constraints.
Who will teach the course?
The course is taught by Vet School academics, both at the Sutton Bonington campus and at local Clinical Associates. Some small elements of the course may also be taught by other University of Nottingham Schools, and by Veterinary specialists.
How many hours study will I have a week? 
The course is demanding. You will work in the Vet School and Clinical Associates 4.5 days a week (lectures, practicals, seminars, self-directed learning). On top of this you are expected to undertake further reading, preparation and assignments. During rotations and placements you will also be expected to work overnights and at weekends.
How big are the class sizes? 
Formal teaching is given to the whole year group. Problem oriented and rotational teaching are in groups of 5-12.
Will I have a Personal Tutor? 
All Vet students are allocated a Personal Tutor for the duration of the course who will provide pastoral support, in addition to a dedicated student welfare administrator. Academic support is available from academic tutors and also an EMS co-ordinator.
How is the course assessed? 
The course is assessed by a combination of examinations (both written and practical) and course assignments.
What equipment would I need to buy for the course?
Books, protective clothing, stethoscope, dissection kit are some of the things you will need. A complete list will, of course, be provided following successful application.
Is there going to be another Open Day?
For details of upcoming open days, please check our open days and events page.
How would business and communication skills be taught?
Business and professional skills (including communication) is taught throughout the course. You will be taught through lectures, seminars and workshops together with team-based and individual projects. Staff from the Vet School, other University of Nottingham academic schools and practitioners will deliver this part of the curriculum ensuring that theory is augmented with practical application.
Will we develop shorter courses for graduates?
There are no plans to develop shorter courses for graduates.
Will there be an opportunity to work abroad during the course?
Some of the Extra Mural Studies and the research programme will offer opportunities for students to work abroad.


The School and Student Life 

Who are the Clinical Associates?
We are in discussions with a number of locally based practices and other veterinary professionals. We are planning to teach you by placing our clinical academics in these practices. For more information, see our Clinical Associates page.
What buildings and facilities do you have?
The Veterinary School has state-of-the art facilities, including a large lecture theatre and seminar rooms, numerous small-group teaching rooms, dissection and teaching laboratories, surgery suite, and clinical skills laboratory. In addition, the School infrastructure has been designed to maximise e-learning, for example by investing in electronic whiteboards and video technology. The School also provides stables for students' horses, and has a large indoor ménage and a dedicated smallholding.
Will you spend all 5 years at the Sutton Bonington campus?
The Vet School is based at the Sutton Bonington campus. You will be required to undertake EMS at farms, abbatoirs, zoos etc; in addition our clinical teaching will also be in part delivered by our local clinical associates.
How far is Sutton Bonington from Nottingham?
SB is 10 miles south of Nottingham. There are numerous transport options, including shuttle buses, to allow you to experience the social and academic experiences available at the University Park campus and in the City.
What is student life like at Sutton Bonington?
There are around 1,400 undergraduates at the SB campus. Currently the campus has its own active student union (The Guild), which organises many social and sporting activities. Facilities include a sports centre and fields, student serbar, restaurant, cafe, shop and library and all set on a 16 hectare campus in attractive South Nottinghamshire countryside. There is a strong sense of community at SB, and student welfare and support is especially well provided for.
Where will I live?
Two new halls of residence have been built at Sutton Bonington; all the self-catering accommodation units on the SB campus are a mix of Vet and Biosciences students. Students in later years of the course normally live off-campus in private rented housing.
What sort of financial support is the University offering?
The University operates a bursary scheme for UK students, the level of which is based on the level of family income of the student. Where awarded, it will be available as a cash payment which is not repayable and is tenable throughout the course if income criteria continue to be met.
What sports teams/activities/societies are available?
There are literally hundreds of sports clubs, activity clubs, social, religious and cultural clubs based at both Sutton Bonington (through The Guild) and at the main University campus. Please see the University of Nottingham Student Union website for further information.
Is accommodation guaranteed?
As a new undergraduate you're guaranteed a room in University-arranged accommodation for one year.
Will you be providing student accommodation throughout the 5 years?
The University does not usually provide accommodation for the entirety of the course, expecting students to live in privately rented accommodation. The University provides support and advice to all students seeking private accommodation, whether singularly or as part of a group.
What will be the cost of all the accommodation?
For further information and details on accommodation, please visit our accommodation website.
Where can students go shopping for groceries, etc?
There is a shop on site and in Sutton Bonington village, but for supermarket shopping, there are Co-op foodstores in Kegworth (1.82 miles) and East Leake (3.90 miles). Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsburys can all be found in Loughborough, approximately 6 miles from the Campus.
What grants are available for EU students?
Unfortunately there are currently no University scholarships available at undergraduate level for EU students. It is suggested that you enquire at the relevant Embassy.
Will we have access to sports teams at Nottingham?
Yes, you would be able to trial and compete for any of The University of Nottingham sports teams. In addition there are sports teams that compete for Sutton Bonington campus.
How can I get any future relevant information?
Further information on the course is available in our brochure; we also aim to continually update our website. We also publish quarterly newsletters and press releases via our website.
Does the School have its own specialist library?
The on-site library has an extensive veterinary section. In addition all small group teaching rooms have mini-libraries comprising of core text books.
Can I bring a pet?
Students may bring horses, if there is room in our School stables. DIY livery is from £30-47 per week, dependant on season. We cannot accommodate any other pets in the vet school. Pets are not allowed in University accommodation. We do expect your horse to be suitable to be used in equine practicals in return, this is stated in the contract. We offer the stables to vet students first on a first come first served basis and if they are not filled they are offered to students on different courses. SB Guild has a Riding Club which runs regular competitions, and there is also a Riding Club and a Polo Club at the main campus. The competition facilities and hacking around Sutton Bonington are excellent.


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School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

University of Nottingham
Sutton Bonington Campus
Leicestershire, LE12 5RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 951 6116
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