School of Veterinary Medicine and Science
   
   
  

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through UCAS by the 15 October. Offers will only be made after a successful interview.

You must meet the minimum academic requirements as well as demonstrating the appropriate attributes required to be a veterinary professional. You should include all qualifications you have completed and any which you are currently studying.

Only four of your five choices can be used for veterinary medicine and surgery courses. Your fifth choice can either be used to apply for a different degree course, or left blank.

Students using a laptop in the vet school
 

How our admissions process works

Overview

We encourage a diverse range of applicants to apply for our veterinary medicine courses. We particularly welcome applicants with ability and commitment, but whose circumstances might make such study difficult, or who would be less likely to apply to Nottingham.

Having a diverse student community enriches learning for everyone, and produces a veterinary professional who better reflects the areas they serve.

Our admissions process has been designed to measure a range of personal and practical skills including animal orientation, communication, enthusiasm and potential, as well as academic ability for our courses.

 

A fair and equal admissions process

When applying you'll be considered solely on your academic ability, personal qualities and potential, regardless of gender, ethnic or national origin, age (subject to the University regulations on minimum age), disability, religion, sexual orientation or any other irrelevant distinction.

Throughout your application we will look at your attributes and qualities to become a veterinary surgeon as outlined in the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) day one competencies and code of professional conduct.

A decision on your application will be made by comparison with the candidate pool, rather than on an individual basis. Records will be kept of all stages of your application and assessment, and decisions, including reasons will be documented. Records will be kept so that they can be scrutinised later if necessary. It's not normal practice to share details of your assessment with you, your parents or teachers.

You are expected to not share any element of our admissions process with others. For example, the online questionnaire or interview questions or activities.

Continually reviewing our process

Our admissions process is supervised by the school's Admissions Sub-Dean, ensuring we adhere to the University's Admissions Service Level Agreement. In addition, we have an Admissions Committee who provide an overview of the entire admissions process. This Committee is coordinated by the Admissions Officer, with overall Chair being the Admissions Sub-Dean.

At the beginning of the year the committee will meet to review statistical data from the previous year’s admissions, and the process for the forthcoming session will be discussed and agreed. The committee is made up of a diagonal slice of University staff, external veterinary practitioners and key stakeholders, including:

  • School of Veterinary Medicine and Science Admissions Sub-Dean

  • School of Veterinary Medicine and Science Admissions Officer

  • Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

  • School of Veterinary Medicine and Science Director of Academic Support and Administration

  • 10 members of academic staff (chosen to reflect a cross-section of specialities, ethnic backgrounds and balance of genders from the Vet and Medical Schools)

  • Director of Medical Education, Medical School

  • Admissions Manager, School of Medicine

  • Senior Admissions Tutor, School of Biosciences

  • UoN Widening Participation Manager

  • UoN Undergraduate Admissions Manager

  • UoN Deputy Director, International Office

  • Nine lay members (four teachers from local schools and five veterinary practitioners)

Anyone involved in the admissions process is approved by the Admissions Committee and are members of the University or veterinary practitioners. At each stage at least one member of staff involved will be a member of the Committee.

Our assessment guidelines are revised annually and issued to everyone involved in the selection process. New assessors and interviewers will undergo training and orientation, including equality and diversity. 

Statistical data form applicants will be produced annually to monitor diversity, for example:

  • ethnicity

  • gender

  • disadvantaged backgrounds

This allows us to monitor the admissions process and ensure that there is no unfair discrimination.

 

 

The five phases of the admissions process

Phase one

Further information and work experience

Once we receive your application though UCAS, we will review it to check that you meet minimum academic standards. We do not consider predicted grades.

We will then score you against academic attributes we consider necessary for a veterinary career, including:

  • knowledge and scholastic ability
  • intellectual ability and style
  • basic numeracy
  • literacy, verbal skills and good knowledge of the English language

Normally only the marks you achieve at the first attempt of sitting of A levels (A2) will be recognised. However, we will consider applicants who have re-sat A levels, although these will be viewed against the pool of applicants. You will be required to attain AAA on your second attempt, rather than our standard offer of AAB (grade A in chemistry and biology). We do not consider any further resits after the second attempt.

We will only consider a second application if you:

  • applied to us one year and were not interviewed
  • failed to gain an offer after interview, and have subsequently completed another undergraduate degree
  • gained an offer but failed to meet the grades

Third applications will not be considered.

We assume, unless you provide evidence to the contrary, that you have already applied for compensation for adverse factors including ill-health, dyslexia or bereavement and this is reflected in your exam results.

If your first language is not English, you are expected to have taken or be taking suitable English Language qualifications. The following qualifications will meet our minimum requirements:

  • IELTS - 7.5 with no less than 7.0 in each element  

The typical academic requirements for our three courses are:

BVM BVS with integrated BVMedSci (D100 five-year programme)

GCSEs
  • Minimum of five GCSEs at grade 7 (A), including chemistry and biology (or double science).
  • One of physics or maths must be passed to grade 7.
  • Minimum of grade 6 (B) in maths and English language.
  • Core Science, Additional Science and Further Additional Science are required to grade 7.
 
A levels
  • Minimum of AAB, in chemistry, biology (or human biology) and a third subject (excluding only general studies and critical thinking) at A level (A2).
  • Chemistry and biology must be passed at grade A.
  • Taking a fourth A level will not increase your chances of being offered a place at this school.
 
Scottish
  • Minimum of five grade As at National Level to include chemistry and biology (or double science).
  • One of physics or maths must be passed to grade A.
  • Minimum of grade B in maths and English language. 
  • Grade A at Higher level physics/biology/chemistry/maths/English can compensate for achieving grade B at National 5.
  • Minimum of AABBB at Higher Level in any order, to include biology and chemistry.
  • Minimum of AA in Advanced Higher in biology and chemistry.
 
International Baccalaureate

Minimum total score of 34 overall with grade 6 in Higher Level chemistry and biology and grade 5 in a third subject at Higher Level, with supporting level 2 qualifications.

 
Cambridge Pre-U

Offers will be made on the basis of D3 (Distinction) being achieved in biology and chemistry and a Merit pass (M1) in a third subject. If one of biology or chemistry is not taken as a principal subject then separate A level to be taken and passed at grade A. 

 
Irish
  • Minimum of five grade As in Junior Certificate to include chemistry and biology (or double science).
  • One of physics or maths must be passed to grade A.
  • Minimum of grade B in maths and English Language.
  • Grade A in Leaving Certificate in physics/biology/chemistry/maths/English can compensate for achieving grade B in Junior Certificate.
  • Minimum of AAABB at Higher Level to include grade As in biology and chemistry.
 
Degree
  • At least 2:1 in a science-related subject (any BSc) together with a grade B in A level chemistry and biology, with supporting GCSE grade 6 (B) in maths and English. 
  • OR a 2:2 Hons degree in a science-related subject and three A levels (A in biology, A in chemistry and B in a third subject), and GCSE maths and English Language at grade 6 (B).
 
International qualifications

The school will consider qualifications taken by international students on an individual basis. These qualifications will need to be equivalent to our A level and GCSE requirements.

 

BVM BVS with integrated BVMedSci including a Preliminary Year
(D104 six-year programme)

GCSEs
  • Minimum of five GCSEs at grade 7 (A).
  • Chemistry, (or the science double award or applied science), maths and English language must be passed at grade 6 (B).
 
A Levels
  • Minimum of grades AAB at A level (A2) in any subjects (to include at most one of biology and chemistry). Only one of maths and further maths considered. General studies and critical thinking are not accepted.
  • Taking a fourth A level will not increase your chances of being offered a place at this school.
  • Biology and chemistry cannot both be taken at AS Level.
 
Scottish
  • Minimum of five grade 1s at National 5. Minimum of grade B in chemistry, maths and English language.
  • Minimum of AABBB at Higher level. Biology and chemistry cannot both be taken at Higher Level. 
  • Minimum of AA in Advanced Highers, to include at most one of chemistry and biology.
 
International Baccalaureate

Minimum total score of 34 overall with grades 6, 6, 5 in three subjects at Higher Level (to include at most one of biology and chemistry) with supporting level 2 qualifications.

 
Irish
  • Minimum of five grade As in Junior Certificate. Minimum of grade B in chemistry, maths and English.
  • Minimum of AAABB at Higher level in Irish Leaving Certificate, to include at most one of biology and chemistry. 
 
Degree

At least 2:1 in a non animal-, biology- or chemistry-related subject with supporting Level 2 and 3 Qualifications (as detailed above and/or below).

 
Vocational qualifications

DDD at BTEC National Diploma (subjects considered on an individual basis), with supporting GCSE qualifications as detailed above.

 
Access courses

We will consider applicants who have undertaken access courses on an individual basis. 60 credits overall with 45 at level 3, of which 30 credits must be distinction. Minimum of grades B maths and English language GCSE. 

 
International qualifications

The school will consider qualifications taken by international students on an individual basis. These qualifications will need to be equivalent to our A level and GCSE requirements.

 
Other qualifications and experience
  • The University will consider on an individual basis applicants who have undertaken other qualifications or have relevant experience.
  • Registered Veterinary Nurses can apply with RVN qualification and a minimum of grade B in English language and maths GCSE
 

BVM BVS with integrated BVMedSci including a Gateway Year
(D190 six-year programme)

Students must fulfil at least three of the following criteria, as well as the entry requirements below:

  • Being a first generation entrant to Higher Education  
  • Family, cultural or financial reasons for needing to study in the East Midlands
  • Attending a school or college without a strong tradition of progression to Higher Education
  • Attending a school or college with a low average A level score
  • Living in a deprived home location
  • Being (or having been) a refugee
  • Being (or having been) in local authority care (looked after)
  • Other disadvantaging circumstances (reviewed on an individual basis)
GCSEs

Minimum of five GCSEs at grade 6 (B) to include chemistry, biology, physics (or double science), maths and English.

 
A levels

Minimum of BBC at A level (A2), grade 6 (B) in chemistry and biology, grade 5 (C) in a third subject (excluding general studies and critical thinking).

 
Scottish
  • Minimum of five grade 2s at Standard Level. Grade 2 in chemistry, biology, physics, maths and English.
  • Minimum of BBBCC at Higher level, to include biology and chemistry. 
  • Minimum of BB in Advanced Highers, to include biology and chemistry.
 
International Baccalaureate

Minimum total score of 28 overall with grade 5 in chemistry and biology and grade 4 in a further subject, all at Higher Level.

 
Vocational qualifications

DMM at BTEC National Diploma (subjects considered on an individual basis).

 
Access courses

We will consider applicants who have undertaken access courses on an individual basis. 60 credits overall with 45 at level 3, of which 15 credits must be distinction. The diploma must include biology and chemistry to level 3. Minimum of grade 6 (B) required in maths and English language at GCSE. 

 
 

Phase two

Widening Participation and work experience (via online survey)

You'll be asked to complete an online survey to supply further information around Widening Participation and work experience. You will have two weeks to complete the survey, with a reminder sent after one week. If after the two week period you have not completed the survey, your application will be rejected.

Information is requested to identify any potential disadvantaging circumstances that may make progression to the veterinary medicine and surgery course difficult. This is also reviewed in the light of data provided by UCAS.

At this stage your application is reviewed to ensure that you have gained at least four weeks' experience of working with animals. We do not require portfolios associated with work experience.

If you're applying for the BVM BVS with integrated BVMedSci including a Gateway Year (D190 six-year course), you'll also need to provide a separate veterinary-specific personal statement (in less than 4,000 characters, including spaces). This should be sent directly to the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science.
 

Phase three

Non-academic personal qualities review

Situational Judgement Tests (SJTs) assess your judgement in situations you will encounter while studying veterinary medicine. It assesses key attributes identified as important for you as a veterinary student. The test will evaluate your interpersonal skills and ethical values rather than knowledge or clinical skills.

The SJT is only accessible through the online questionnaire, which we will email to you after the 15 October application deadline. You will have a maximum of 30 minutes to complete the SJT and it can only be completed in one sitting.

You will complete a set of hypothetical but relevant scenario-based questions associated with the veterinary profession. You'lll be asked to make judgements about possible responses. Your answers will be evaluated to build a picture of your situational judgement in that context. 

The competency framework consists of four attributes:

  • empathy and building client relationships
  • professional integrity and trust
  • resilience
  • teamwork

A rating is used from a scale of 1 to 4 where you will be asked to either:

  • rate the appropriateness of a series of options in response to the scenario
  • rate the importance of a series of options

Your responses will be evaluated against a pre-determined automated scoring system. You must complete the SJT for further review and short listing for interview.

 

Phase four

Motivation, ability, attitude and attribute assessment

You will be asked to complete an online questionnaire which will provide us with further evidence about your motivation, abilities, and attributes for a career in veterinary medicine. We will consider your other experiences or achievements, for example sports, music, expeditions.

Your answers will be marked by qualified veterinary staff and the questions are derived from the RCVS Guide to Professional Conduct.

 

Phase five

Assessment centre

You will be ranked on your overall score and if successful you'll be invited to attend our assessment centre.

The assessments will identify if you:

  • are academically able to cope with the course
  • are motivated towards a career in veterinary medicine and surgery
  • have insight into the implications of this career choice
  • have or appear to have the potential to acquire the personal skills expected of veterinary practitioners
  • are suitable for admission to the University of Nottingham's School of Veterinary Medicine and Science
No student is admitted without interview and assessment.

The interview will normally be conducted by two staff. One will be a vet, who will act as lead interviewer, introducing you to the panel and putting you at ease. The assessment will involve:

Interview

Lasting approximately 20 minutes, it will assess your:

  • motivation, insight into a veterinary career and interest in veterinary topics
  • academic ability, communication skills, animal orientation personal attitudes and attributes, fitness to practice as a veterinary surgeon

Practical aptitude assessment

You will be expected to deal with animal material and clinical information. We will assess your enthusiasm and aptitude, including observational and analytical skills and animal-orientation, rather than your knowledge.

Team working activity

Conducted in groups we will observing your ability to work with a peer group. 

Scoring and decisions

Our assessors will score and recommend a decision to offer or reject your application. This decision will be based on your performance during the assessment, and comments and feedback will be recorded. If there is an exceptional recommendation for an offer or rejection, reasons will be fully documented.

To maintain fair and equal opportunities, no weighting will be given to:

  • age (subject to the University regulations on minimum age)
  • gender
  • ethnicity
  • religion
  • disability
  • any other irrelevant distinction
International students may be interviewed by phone, and some leniency may be given regarding the full four weeks work experience, depending on local conditions.
 

Phase six

Offers

All assessment data is compiled and standardised to reduce any differences in marking between assessors.

Your score will then be ranked and reviewed by the Admissions Team and Admissions Sub-Deans. Our standard offer is AAB, however you may receive a lower offer if you have or are experiencing disadvantaging circumstances. Applicants will receive offers only once all interviews have taken place.

You will be considered solely on the basis of your merits, abilities and potential, regardless of gender, ethnic or national origin, age (subject to the University regulations on minimum age), disability, religion, sexual orientation or any other irrelevant distinction. Decisions on offers are made by comparison with the candidate pool, rather than by individual.

Once a decision has been made about your application you will be:

  • phoned by one of your assesors and made a conditional or unconditional offer,
  • rejected by letter

You will be advised of our decision via UCAS up to 12 weeks after the final assessment has taken place. All decisions will be made by the end of April.

Any offer made is subject to an Occupational Health assessment and acceptance of the Veterinary School Code of Practice by signing a Student Entry Agreement. This ensures you're aware of the specific objectives and standards for professional attitudes and behaviour required by the school and the profession.

Our courses are extremely popular and competition for places is high. As such we will not be able to interview or make offers to many strong candidates.

We do not proactively contact candidates who hold offers on other courses. If you accept an offer for an alternate course at this or another University, we will not contact you should a place become available.

You can appeal against misleading or incorrect information by the University and concerns about the application or interview process through our  complaints process. However, you cannot challenge:

  • academic judgement of a member of staff or the school
  • the outcome of an admissions decision
  • the admissions policy
 

 

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
email: veterinary-enquiries@nottingham.ac.uk