BSc Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science (DC37)

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UCAS code DC37
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees

Fees quoted are for 2018 entry only. Fees for 2019 will be confirmed, subject to government approval, later in 2018.

  • Home students: £9,250 per year
  • EU students: £9,250 per year
  • International students: £20,300 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £10,750 per year

Additional fees: As a veterinary nursing trainee there is a registration fee paid to Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons when you enrol which was £174 in 2016; currently we ask you to pay half of this cost (£87 in 2016). During your 62 weeks of practical training you are expected to wear a uniform. There will be the opportunity to order and purchase uniforms during your first year before going out to placement.

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 27

About BSc Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science

This course is delivered via a combination of lectures, seminars, online interactive tutorials and practical classes, which take place at both the veterinary school at Langford and the main Clifton campus.

As well as studying anatomy and physiology units, you will also take units in areas such as surgical nursing and theatre practice, diagnostics and anaesthesia. Your third year will focus on a 42-week nursing placement and a professional nursing practice unit, while your final year will include applied units and a dissertation exploring a particular aspect of veterinary nursing or bioveterinary science with your own research.

Taught units are assessed using a variety of written examinations, computer-based tests and written reports, as well as practical and viva examinations. While you are working within the clinical environment, your progress is monitored through practical competence assessments.

The course is accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

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Typical offer for BSc Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
BBC including BB in Biology and Chemistry.
Science practicals A pass in the practical element of all English examination board science A-levels is expected.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
29 points overall with 14 at Higher Level, including 5, 5 at Higher Level in Biology and Chemistry
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 offerPass Access to HE Diploma (Science) with at least 21 credits at Distinction, including 12 in Chemistry and 9 in Biology, plus 18 credits at Merit
BTEC offer DMM  in a science or animal-related subject plus A-level Chemistry at grade B
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: BBBBC and AH: BB in Biology and Chemistry
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.
European Baccalaureate offer73% overall with 8.0 in Biology and Chemistry
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Standard numeracy requirement (C in GCSE Maths or equivalent) and
Standard literacy requirement (C in GCSE English 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 C
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Additional requirementsWork experience is essential. For more information on the amount and type of experience required, please see the Admissions Statement.

How we assess your application

Admissions statements relate to 2018 entry and will be updated for 2019 entry in summer 2018.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

Selection process

UCAS and interview. All applicants fulfilling the academic criteria are invited for interview.

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This course is recognised by the following organisations:

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) for the purpose of eligibility for registration as a veterinary nurse with that body.

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