BVSc Gateway to Veterinary Science (D108)

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Gateway to Vet Science
UCAS code D108
Application method UCAS/Common Application

We can only accept UCAS applications. The closing date for UCAS applications for this course is 15 October. UCAS advises that no more than four choices from a possible five can be used for veterinary courses.

Course duration 6 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees
  • Home students: £9,250 per year
  • EU students: £UK only per year
  • International students: £UK only per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £UK only per year
Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus, Langford campus, Placements
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2016/17 5

About BVSc Gateway to Veterinary Science

This course is aimed at students who have the potential to become vets but do not have the academic entry criteria to apply directly to our five-year BVSc Veterinary Science course. It is a widening participation initiative for UK students who fulfil specific criteria.

The Gateway course will develop your interest in and knowledge and understanding of the basic sciences that underpin veterinary science. It will foster professional behaviours and attitudes.

Additional veterinary and related animal work experience will form part of the course. Successful completion of this Gateway course will enable you to join the BVSc Veterinary Science.


Please note: This course is open to applicants from specific schools and colleges in the UK only.

Further information, and lists of the eligible schools and colleges, can be found on the admissions statement.

View all our Veterinary Science courses

See a list of all Veterinary Science degrees at Bristol, and find more information about the course, assessment and career prospects.

Course structure

In year one, your studies will include:

  • The basic anatomy, physiology and biochemistry of the healthy human/animal;
  • The fundamental principles of chemistry and biochemistry; 
  • Mathematical methods; 
  • Clinical professional attributes;
  • Relevant work experience. 

Successful completion of this year will enable you to progress to the BVSc Veterinary Science.

Find out more about the course structure and units available for Gateway to Veterinary Science

Typical offer for BVSc Gateway to Veterinary Science - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
BBC including BB in Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics. Applicants with predicted/achieved grades of AAB or above are not eligible for this course.
Science practicals A pass in the practical element of all English examination board science A-levels is expected.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
29 with 14 at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in Chemistry and 5 at Higher Level in one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics. Applicants with predicted or achieved grades of 33 overall and 16 at Higher Level or above are not eligible for this course.
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerNot accepted
BTEC offer DMM in Animal Management, an Applied Science or Applied Science (Medical Sciences). Applicants with predicted or achieved grades of DDD or above, and/or also taking A-level Chemistry, are not eligible.
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerAdvanced Higher: B in Chemistry, and B in one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics, and Standard Level: BBBBC. Applicants with achieved or predicted Advanced Higher grades of A A are not eligible to apply for this course.
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the a non-subject specific grade for the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade

Specified subjects

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not acceptable towards A-level.

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Higher numeracy requirement (B in GCSE Maths or equivalent) and
higher literacy requirement (B in GCSE English or equivalent) and
two higher science requirements (B in GCSE Science or equivalent)

Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Additional requirementsApplicants are recommended to complete relevant work experience prior to application.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Not accepted

Selection process

Candidates who fit the academic entry criteria and the additional widening participation criteria will be considered for interview. This will comprise a series of practical tests (multiple mini-interviews) and an interview undertaken at the University of Bristol campus at Langford.

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