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.
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
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
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:
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)
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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
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/