How to apply

How to apply to the Veterinary Science BVSc for 2023 entry

All applications are made through UCAS; with a deadline for applications of 15 October 2022.

Due to the lengthy admissions process, we are unable to consider late applications.

Applicants may only select four programmes for veterinary science/medicine. The remaining choice may be used for applications to other degree programmes; this will not prejudice applications for veterinary science at Liverpool.

All applicants must declare and evidence their work experience by 11.59pm on 30 October 2022. 

Applications that fail to submit evidence of work experience by this deadline will NOT be progressed as they are incomplete and will be rejected. Details of how to submit details of work experience will be provided in September 2022.

We email applicants to advise them of the status of their application and therefore advise that you add vetadmit@liverpool.ac.uk and irro@liverpool.ac.uk to your email contact list.

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Academic Requirements (Stage 1)

All applicants are required to fulfil level 2 (GSCE or equivalent) and level 3 qualifications (A - Level or equivalent) and provide details of these on their UCAS application.

Applications that fail to provide this information will be rejected.

The most recent academic qualification should have been attained within the five years prior to the date of application.

We require the reference on the UCAS application form to be from a member of staff at the most recent academic institution you attended.

We do not require the BMAT or UKCAT examination for entry to Veterinary Science.

A levels

AAA in three A level subjects:

  • Grade A in Biology or Human biology
  • Grade A in Chemistry or another academic science-related subject (Physics, Mathematics, Geography, Geology, Psychology)*
  • Grade A in a third subject of your choice**

*If Chemistry is not offered at A level, it must be offered at AS level (at grade B or above).

** The third A level subject cannot be general studies or critical thinking, however, there is no third subject that is preferred by selectors or gives any special advantage in the selection process. Science and non-science subjects are treated equally for the third subject

For science A levels in which practical assessment is separately graded, a pass grade will be required.

Taking four subjects at A level does not confer an advantage in the application process. Grades from three appropriate subjects only will be taken into consideration, according to the criteria shown above.

Restrictions apply to re-sits in all qualifications – see FAQ below

See GCSE requirements below

International Baccalaureate

36 points overall to include:

  • Grade 6 in higher level Biology
  • Grade 6 in higher level Chemistry
  • Grade 6 in higher level in any other subject

Candidates must also fulfil the level 2 criteria, either via GCSE qualifications (see criteria below) or the Middle Years Programme. If English or Maths are not offered at GCSE, they must be offered at Standard Level (grade 6) or Higher Level (grade 5) in the IB.

Welsh, Scottish and Irish applicants

Welsh Baccalaureate

The Welsh Baccalaureate with grade A will be accepted as a third A Level subject

Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers

Advanced Highers at grades BB in:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry

In addition to

Five Highers at AAAAB grades including grades AA at Biology and Chemistry and

AAAAA in National 5 to include a minimum of grade B in English, Mathematics and two science subjects. If any of these specified subjects are not offered at National 5 level, they must be offered at Higher or Advanced Higher level.

Irish Leaving certificate

H1, H1, H2, H2, H2, H2 (new grading system) OR A1, A1, A1, A1 (old grading system)

Grade H1 in Biology
Grade H1 in Chemistry
Grade 03 in English at Ordinary Level or H6 at Higher Level
Grade 03 in Maths Ordinary Level/Standard Level or H6 at Higher Level.

If an applicant can offer GCSEs at a minimum B grade in English (literature or language) and Maths, these subjects may not be required at higher level.

GCSE (only in addition to other qualifications)

At least five GCSEs at grade 7 (A) including two science GCSEs (either as separate subjects or eg dual award science).

With at least a grade 6 (B) in:

  • English (Literature or Language)
  • Mathematics

Level 4 Qualifications (graduate applicants)

An upper second class (2.i) Honours Degree completed in the last 5 years is required together with Biology and Chemistry at A-level.

  • All science (BSc) degrees; grades BB in Biology and Chemistry at A-level
  • Arts (BA) degrees; grades AA in Biology and Chemistry at A-level

We regret that we are unable to accept transfers before completion of other degree programmes.

Adult learners

Non-traditional routes of entry to study veterinary science at Liverpool University.

We have two application routes to the BVSc for adult learners.

For both of these routes of entry we have two criteria;

  • Applicants are required to have five GCSEs at grade B (grade 6) including Maths, English (Language or Literature) and Science at the time of application.
  • Applicants should normally have been out of education for at least five years.
  1. Pre-approved ‘access to higher education’ diplomas
    Kite-marked level 3 Access course at pre-approved colleges is required with 45 credits at Distinction to include 15 at level 3 Biology and 15 at level 3 Chemistry.

    Approval of the access course must be obtained prior to application and applicants are strongly advised to check that the access course has been pre-approved before they start the course. Please see link for a list of further education colleges who provide Access courses that have already been approved, or contact the Admissions Office for further information.

  2. Foundation to Human and Animal Health Professions (Veterinary Science) (Year 0)
    This is a six year course. If students successfully complete year 0, they will automatically progress to the 5-year BVSc (D100).

    Applications should be made via UCAS for course 74 JJ. 

    The deadline for applications is 25 January 2023.

International and EU applicants

We welcome applications from overseas students with suitable academic qualifications. Applications must provide evidence of qualifications that fulfil the level 2 and 3 criteria as shown above. Specific guidelines for applicants to veterinary science with overseas qualifications is available at the following link. Further information on equivalent qualifications is available from

https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/international/countries/

Please contact the Admissions Office if you require further advice

For applicants whose first language is not English, it is important to be able to communicate in spoken, written and scientific English. We require the British Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test – an overall score of 7.0 or above with a minimum of 7.0 in each component. Other language qualifications may be acceptable; please contact the Admissions Office with specific queries.

International and EU students are also expected to have completed our work experience requirements

Information on fees for International and EU applicants can be found on the university website: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/international/tuition-fees-and-scholarships/

Work Experience (Stage 2)

To apply for the BVSc you will need some insight into the work of veterinary surgeons. The best way to gain this is to undertake work experience with a veterinary surgeon and also with live animals in a commercial setting.

Applicants are expected to have gained a minimum of three weeks (15 days) weeks of hands-on animal-related work experience and we strongly recommend that at least one week of this work experience is in veterinary practice. If applicants are unable to secure a placement in veterinary practice then they must complete the Virtual Work Experience and Exploring the Veterinary Profession MOOC, in addition to the three weeks (15 days) of animal related work experience.

The three weeks of work experience must be obtained within the five year period directly preceding the application deadline, so for this year would be experience carried out from 15th October 2017. Earlier experience is welcome but will not count towards this requirement. Work experience does not have to be completed in full days e.g. seven hours over several sessions would be considered as equivalent to 1 day.

Not all candidates will have equal opportunities for access to work experience and whilst we recommend a broad range of experience, there is no selective advantage on completing more than three weeks or on the nature of the work experience that applicants have been able to complete.

The Virtual Work Experience and Exploring the Veterinary Profession MOOC is recommended to all applicants and is a requirement for all applicants who have not secured a placement with a veterinary surgeon.

Further advice on how to present evidence of your work experience can be found at the following link.

Interview (Stage 3)

To be shortlisted for interview, applicants must

  1. Meet our academic requirements
  2. Correctly evidence at least 15 days of work experience by 30th October 2022.

Interviews usually take place before Christmas. Further details concerning the nature and timing of interviews will be provided in November 2022.

Selection

Offers will be given to applicants with the highest scores at interview. We will then further review applicants with lower scores at interview and consider contextual data and prior academic performance. We do not use personal statements as part of our application process.

Contextual data

All universities, including ours, receive information from UCAS derived from the details you enter on your UCAS form.

This includes the school or socio-economic context in which you have previously studied, together with information about any disability you may have, and whether you have been in social care at any point in your life.

Taken together, this information is often referred to as ‘contextual data’ as it provides us with some ‘context’ of any barriers that may have affected your learning journey. This data helps to facilitate fair access in admissions.

We will make allowances for applicants who meet the criteria for the university’s policy on contextual data for fair access when considering applications and these applicants may also receive a reduced offer.

To find out if you are eligible, please submit the information required into the Contextual Admissions Indicator Tool.

Further information can be found at https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/applying/contextual-data/

Student Health

Veterinary Student Health

The University of Liverpool welcomes students with disabilities and those with health conditions and the School will provide all reasonable support to enable disabled students or those with health conditions to complete their studies

Appropriate support can be provided for many circumstances even if the effects of disability or ill health are substantial. However, because of a requirement to ensure patients, clients and colleagues are not harmed through involvement in veterinary training, if you have a condition which would make it impossible for you to work safely with patients, clients or colleagues, or to acquire the skills necessary to complete your training, even with adjustments and support, then you cannot be accepted onto the undergraduate veterinary medicine programme.

The University of Liverpool has to be assured that the School of Veterinary Science can help you practise safely in training and in employment. Therefore, once you have accepted an offer of a place on the BVSc Programme and your offer becomes ‘Unconditional Firm’ (UF), you will be asked to complete a Confidential Health Questionnaire form and return it to the Occupational Health Unit, where Occupational Health Professionals will assess the Health Questionnaire. Please note that your form will not be seen by the Vet School.

All BVSc students are required to complete the form regardless of whether a disability or health condition was declared on application or not, and progression on the BVSc is subject to Health Clearance.

If you declare any disability or health condition which may require us to make adjustments to the BVSc programme, or affect fitness to practise under the RCVS Guidelines, a Disability Support Adviser will contact you to assist you further.

The Higher Education Occupational Physicians/Practitioners (HEOPS) have produced a document outlining the fitness standards expected of veterinary students:

HEOPS Guidance

The University of Liverpool will only refuse a student a place on the grounds of their disability where:

  • The chosen course of study leads to a professional qualification and the relevant professional body has regulations which would preclude membership by people with particular impairments (see HEOPS guidance).
  • There are overriding health and safety concerns.
  • In rare circumstances when a necessary reasonable adjustment cannot be made

Fitness to Practise as a Veterinary Surgeon

The BVSc degree from The University of Liverpool is automatically validated by the governing body of the veterinary profession, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. This entitles BVSc graduates to practise as Veterinary Surgeons in the UK. It is important that they accept the professional Codes of Conduct and that they realise their professional work will be arduous and demanding. In particular they should recognise that they will hold special positions of responsibility. We ask applicants to tell us if they have experienced previous mental health or behavioural problems or addiction to drugs or alcohol. Failure to disclose information which directly relates to fitness to practise as a Veterinary Surgeon will result in termination of studies.

http://www.rcvs.org.uk/publications/fitness-to-practise-a-guide-for-uk-veterinary-schools-and/

FAQS

Do you accept applications for deferred entry?

Yes, we welcome applications for deferred entry. We do not make a judgement as to how the applicant is going to spend the gap year, and we do not have a “quota” for deferred entry applications.

What do you look for in personal statements on UCAS forms?

We do not use personal statements for assessing applications or selecting for interview. Information about your work experience is obtained from the Work Experience Questionnaire.

Can I re-apply if I've been unsuccessful previously?

We accept reapplications without prejudice provided the application has been strengthened in accordance with our admissions criteria. A total of two applications will be considered from an undergraduate candidate.

Does it count against me if I re-sit part, or all of my qualifications?

Applications from candidates re-sitting A level examinations will be considered without prejudice if the applicant otherwise meets the GSCE criteria (as above).  If an offer is made, re-sit applicants might expect it to be higher than typical (i.e. minimum of A*AA). If there were extenuating circumstances for the initial sitting of an exam this should be noted in the academic reference.

Will you consider my application if I sit A level examinations over 3 years?

Applications from candidates sitting A level examinations over 3 years will be considered without prejudice if the applicant otherwise meets the GSCE criteria (as above). There are many different reasons why applicants may take longer than the standard 2 years to complete their A level qualifications and so candidates are asked to email vetadmit@liverpool.ac.uk  for advice before they submit their application. If an offer is made, applicants might expect it to be higher than typical (i.e. minimum of A*AA).

Is there benefit in doing an extended project qualification (EPQ)?

The EPQ subject or grade is not considered as part of either the selection for interview process, or any offer made to an applicant to Veterinary Science. However, thinking about veterinary related issues in more depth, either as part of an EPQ, or otherwise, may be beneficial in an interview.

Do you accept transfer requests from candidates studying Veterinary Science at other universities?

Transfers from another university to the University of Liverpool will only be considered if the applicant has a genuine personal circumstance (e.g. illness or bereavement) which requires the student to move back to their home town. Please contact vetadmit@liverpool.ac.uk for further advice.

Do you accept transfer requests from candidates who have studied a Year 1 course of a BSc degree?

We do not accept transfer requests from candidates who have studied year 1 of a BSc course. Candidates who are studying a BSc should apply for graduate entry during their final year of study.

Do you provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants?

We regret that we are unable to provide feedback to individual applicants.

Does the BVSc course go into clearing?

In the past, the BVSc course has not gone into clearing.

What should I do if my most recent qualifications were more than 5 years ago?

You may be able to apply to our foundation course; Foundation to Health and Veterinary Studies (Year 0), which is aimed at mature students who do not qualify for entry to the D100 programme. For further advice about specific circumstances please email our admissions team at vetadmit@liverpool.ac.uk.

Do you offer a foundation course in Veterinary Science?

The University of Liverpool offers a foundation course; Foundation to Health and Veterinary Studies (Year 0), which is aimed at mature students who do not qualify for entry to the D100 programme. This would include applicants who have not previously sat science A Levels, those with non-traditional qualifications, or those who gained their last qualifications more than 5 years ago. Please note that students who have sat both Biology and Chemistry A Level in the previous five years will not normally be accepted.

https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/foundation-to-health-studies-year-0/overview/

If you have any other questions which are not covered by these notes, please contact:

The Admissions Office

School of Veterinary Science
Thompson Yates Building
University of Liverpool
Liverpool
L69 3GB

0151 794 4797
vetadmit@liverpool.ac.uk