Foundation to Health and Veterinary Studies (Year 0)

  • This degree is accreditedAccredited

Key information

  • Course length: 1 year
  • UCAS code: See below
  • Year of entry: 2020
  • This programme does not accept applications from international students.

Entry Requirements

Clinical Entry Requirements

For details of full clinical and academic requirements for this course, download Foundation Entry Criteria 2020.

Applicants may not receive notification from UCAS about any decisions made until after the January 2020 deadline.

A level offerThis programme is designed for mature students who have typically been out of formal education for some time or who have taken non-traditional qualifications.

Please note that we will not consider A-Level students or School Leavers. However, consideration may be given to candidates who studied some time ago.

In order to give all applicants an equal opportunity, applicants who have been rejected following an interview will not normally be considered again.
Subject requirementsALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONS (Diagnostic Radiography, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Orthoptics, Physiotherapy and Radiotherapy).

5 GCSE SUBJECTS AT GRADE B (Numerical Grade 6) to include: Mathematics, English Language and either Biology, Chemistry or Physics, Core and additional Science or Dual Science Award.

5 GCSE SUBJECTS AT GRADE C (Numerical Grade 5) to include: Mathematics, English Language and either Biology, Chemistry or Physics, Core and additional Science or Dual Science Award.
BTEC Level 3 National Extended DiplomaStudents currently studying BTEC level 3 will not be considered; BTEC level 2 will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE
International BaccalaureateApplicants currently studying for International Baccalaureate will not be considered
Irish Leaving CertificateApplicants currently studying for Irish Leaving Certificate will not be considered
Scottish Higher/Advanced HigherApplicants currently studying for Scottish Highers will not be considered
Welsh Baccalaureate AdvancedAccepted
EU applicants

Translations of all educational certificates must be provided showing evidence of equivalency to 5 GCSEs at Grade B or Grade C, as outlined in the entry criteria above.

Students whose native language is not English must show evidence of proficiency in English to a standard equivalent to average academic level 7 of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no component lower than 7.

EU entry requirementsEU Qualifications
Graduate applicationALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONS: Graduates must have achieved a 2ii. MEDICINE AND VETERINARY SCIENCE, DENTISTRY: Graduates must have achieved a 2i
AccessApplicants currently studying for an Access Diploma will not be considered
International entry requirementsThis programme does not accept applications from international students.
Profession-specific knowledge and skills required

It is essential that applicants research their preferred profession thoroughly and must show evidence of a good understanding of the scope of practice of that profession, preferably indicated by observational experience.

Experience in a paid or voluntary capacity or working with the general public, children, the elderly or people with special needs will also help to strengthen an application.

Diagnostic Radiography and Radiotherapy candidates

Must complete a Clinical Observational Visit and submit a Diagnostic Radiography Clinical Visit Form or a Radiotherapy Clinical Visit Form to the Admissions Unit at prior to submitting a UCAS application. 

Veterinary Science candidates

Must have undertaken a minimum of 2 weeks work experience, to include: 1 weeks work experience in a Veterinary Practice and 1 week on a commercial farm/stables/kennels or cattery.

Declaration of criminal background

Applicants may be expected to complete either a Declaration of Criminal Background or have a full Disclosure Barring Service check as part of their application.

Health screening

Health Screening may be required before entry onto the programme.

Disability information

Additional support is given to students who have declared a disability on their UCAS application.

Important information

The academic profile, reference and healthcare/veterinary experience of each candidate are given equal consideration. Due to the large number of applications it is advised that candidates ensure that they present with the strongest possible application.

This is a University of Liverpool programme, students receive a University Student Card and have access to all the University facilities. However, this Year 0 Level programme is taught at Birkenhead Sixth Form College (Allied Health Professions students), Birkenhead and Carmel College, St Helens (*Dentistry, Medicine & Veterinary Science students).

Mature students and access courses

Studying for a degree later in life can be highly rewarding and our mature students are among some of our most successful. However, we appreciate that it is a big step for you to take, and that you’ll have lots of questions that you’ll want to discuss with us. We’re here to help, so please do get in touch.

Our Mature Students and Access courses pages contain lots of information and, importantly, a point of contact to talk things through with you.

Other Qualifications

If your qualifications are not listed here or you are taking combinations of qualifications please contact us for details.

General Studies

Most (see exceptions below) of our non-clinical programmes welcome General Studies as an A level upon which we will make an offer.

General Studies is not considered for:

  • Diagnostic Radiography
  • Dentistry
  • Life Sciences
  • Management School
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Orthoptics
  • Physiotherapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Veterinary Science