BVSc Veterinary Science (D100)

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UCAS code D100
Application method UCAS/Common Application

We can only accept applications for Veterinary Science through UCAS. The closing date for UCAS applications is 15 October. UCAS advises that no more than four choices from a possible five are used for Veterinary Science.

Course duration 5 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees
  • Home students: £9,250 per year
  • EU students: £9,250 per year
  • International students: £28,300 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £19,250 per year

Additional fees: Student should be aware that vacation extra mural studies (EMS) is a mandatory component of any UK veterinary curriculum. These may incur transport and accommodation costs.

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 on this course.
Number of applicants accepted for 2016/17 156 overall for Veterinary Science

About BVSc Veterinary Science

A new 'spiral' curriculum introduces you to the integrated structure and function of healthy animals, followed by the mechanisms of disease and their clinical management. Themes running throughout the course instil the importance of professional skills, animal health and welfare, and veterinary public health, which underpin all veterinary disciplines.

For the first three years you will be based at the main university campus in Clifton, with at least one day a week spent at the clinical campus in Langford. Years four and five are taught at the Langford campus, with an extended, lecture-free, final clinical year.

It is a requirement of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons that all UK veterinary students undertake 38 weeks of extra-mural studies on farms and in veterinary establishments. Bristol has a network of foster placements to help you find the experiences you need.

Find out more about funding a Veterinary Science degree.

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

Vertical themes running throughout all five years are:

  • Professional Studies including:
    • communication skills
    • professional conduct
    • ethics and the law
    • business management
    • health and safety
    • study, learning, investigation and employability.
  • Animal management, husbandry, welfare
  • Veterinary Public Health
  • Global and One Health.

Years one to four

Animal Health Science encompasses and integrates the traditional science disciplines of anatomy, physiology and biochemistry with an emphasis on clinical relevance in year one and part of year two.

Animal Disease encompasses and integrates the disciplines of immunology, pathology, parasitology, microbiology and pharmacology, which are primarily taught in year two with some in year three.

Clinical Management encompasses basic clinical science, therapeutics, farm and companion animal sciences in years three and four.

Fifth year

Clinical Management: an extended final year with core rotations and the opportunity to track and undertake an elective. Final year includes Professional Studies, Global and One Health Weeks.

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

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

Standard offer
AAA including AA in Chemistry and one other lab-based science.

Graduates are required to obtain a 2:1 in their degree and BBB at A-level including BB in Chemistry and one other lab-based science.
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
AAC including AA in Chemistry and one other lab-based science.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
36 points overall with 18 points at Higher Level, including 6,6 at Higher Level in Chemistry and one other lab-based science.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
32 points overall with 16 at Higher Level, including 6, 6 at Higher Level in Chemistry and one other lab-based science.
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 (Medicine or Science related) with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit, including 15 credits in each of Chemistry and Biology with at least 9 credits in each at Distinction.
BTEC offer DDD in Science including Distinction in science units, plus grade A in A-level Chemistry.
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAAAB and AH: AA in Chemistry and one other lab-based science.
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.
European Baccalaureate offer85% overall with 8.5 in Chemistry and one other lab-based science.
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 B
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.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed, particularly if you use this period to gain relevant experience

Selection process

UCAS and 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 surgeon with that body.

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