School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

Dual intake

A unique aspect of our five-year course is that we have two intakes per year - September and April

We recently increased the number of available places on our five-year course to 300 per year. We took this decision to open up more opportunities for students, as well as help with the shortage of qualified vets in the UK.

The curriculum and the way you'll learn will be identical for both cohorts. As will the opportunities to develop your skills to become a highly employable veterinary surgeon.

Whichever start date you decide, you'll study an identical curriculum and receive the same highly-rated student experience and outstanding teaching.

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The benefits

  • The same student-centred approach, ranked top by the National Student Survey (NSS)
  • Reduced cohorts of 150 per intake. Meaning you'll benefit from better staff-to-student ratios, increased hands-on practical learning and staff knowing you better as an individual
  • A refined curriculum and modules gives you a more balanced workload - improving your work-life balance
  • Only one set of exams each year, with increased revision periods
  • More opportunities for veterinary Extra Mural Studies (EMS) placements for both intakes. Some is undertaken in term time, and for the April intake is outside normal holiday periods
  • Some EMS is now included as part of course, reducing your study costs
  • Synoptic teaching blocks and consolidation study weeks will facilitate holistic development of knowledge and skills, providing excellent opportunities for hands-on learning
  • Better opportunities to work/rest during holidays. Providing you with a better work-life balance and potentially a better financial position
  • Our high quality teaching will provide you with opportunities to develop clinical and professional skills, alongside the knowledge required to prepare you for a high-value career as a veterinary surgeon. Meaning you will be the first choice for prospective employers
  • April intake students are able to take a mini gap-year between school and starting university

Frequently asked questions about our dual intake

How do I apply for September or April entry?
You should apply through the standard UCAS process for either start date. You will be given an option under course code D100 to select September or April entry.
Can I be considered for both intakes?
Yes, there's an option on the application form to be considered for both intakes.
If I defer entry can I choose to start in September or April?
Yes. If you apply for deferred entry, you can select the option on UCAS under D100 for either September or April entry.
If I apply for the six-year course how does this affect me?
The preliminary and gateway courses only have a single intake in September. You will be expected to progress to year one in the following September intake.
What are the term dates for each intake?

Below are the term dates for 2023/2024.

April 2023

12th April – 30th June

24th July – 8th December

September 2023

25th September – 15th December

8th January – 24th May

April 2024

8th April – 28th June

22nd July – 6th December

September 2024

23rd September – 13th December

6th January – 23rd May

Bank holidays and University closure days for all students.

See full teaching year overview.

Is the curriculum the same for both intakes?
Yes both cohorts undertake identical teaching, however it is delivered separately.
How does Extra Mural Studies (EMS) work?

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) requires that all veterinary students undertake 12 weeks Animal Husbandry Extra Mural Studies (AHEMS) and 26 weeks Clinical EMS (CEMS) in order to graduate and become MRCVS.

The course includes four weeks of EMS during the synoptic teaching block in years one to three.  During these six weeks, a third of the year will be timetabled for teaching in a two-week block, while the remainder of the year undertakes EMS.

All AHEMS and the majority of CEMS is student determined and organised with support from the EMS team. You usually complete AHEMS by the end of year two. This means you need to undertake four weeks of AHEMS during your holidays in year one and two.

Your 26 weeks of CEMS are split across years three to five. You will be required to undertake CEMS in year three holidays - as currently year five starts immediately following the end of year four, and the majority of CEMS is already undertaken during year five.
When will I graduate?
The September cohort will graduate in year five as MRCVS in July, and the April cohort in December.
How does finance work if I start in April?

You can apply to the Students Loan Company as standard. Payments are made to students three times per academic year. We anticipate payments will be made in September, January and March for the September intake; and April, July and October for the April intake.

Please use the course code DA10 when applying for finance for the April intake.

Will I get accommodation on campus if I start in April?

Yes, the University of Nottingham provides an accommodation guarantee to all first-year students.

Further information about accommodation for April starters.

Accommodation at Sutton Bonington Campus.

How does catering work?
Catering will be provided as standard identically for both intakes.
Can I bring my horse if I start in April?
For both cohorts, stabling is available only if there is space available, which may become available both during and at the end of year.
Will there be a Fresher’s Week in April?
Yes, there will be a Fresher’s Week. With the exception of one afternoon, the current daytime timetable of Fresher’s Week is entirely delivered and managed by the School - that will continue.  
How will integration into the University (societies and sports) be affected if I start in April?

Students who join in April will be joining mid-year, however there are still opportunities to join societies and sports teams in the following September, if not earlier.

There is a project group including the Student Union, SB Guild, VetSoc and other Veterinary students to develop a programme of activities to enhance the student experience including year round clubs and Fresher’s week. The veterinary school is funding a sabbatical/intercalated student post to specifically link the two cohorts together.
Will I get parking?
What if I want to withdraw or transfer to a different course?

Things don't always go to plan. We recommend talking through the options with your Personal Tutor or the Student Welfare Manager before making any decisions. The school adheres to the University process available here.

There is no opportunity to switch between the April and September cohort once registered. Students will therefore re-join the cohort they were originally assigned to should students require a period of interruption.



School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

University of Nottingham
Sutton Bonington Campus
Leicestershire, LE12 5RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 951 6116
fax: +44 (0)115 951 6415