Prospective Applicants

How do I apply in 2020 for 2021 entry?

Coronavirus pandemic

We are not expecting any applicant to have completed any work experience on or after March 2020. We have also had to make some changes to way we will interview applicants. Further details of our admissions policy are described below.

All applications are made through UCAS; the deadline for UCAS applications is 15th October. 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 will be asked to declare their work experience via an online questionnaire. Applications which do not include a completed work experience questionnaire will NOT be considered as they are incomplete and will be rejected. Click on the “Work Experience 2020” button on the right to complete the questionnaire. It needs to be submitted by 23.59 hrs on 20th October 2020.

Please see the tabs below and the main Veterinary Science BVSc Undergraduate Admissions page for more information. 

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 which fail to provide this information will be rejected.

The most recent academic qualification should have been attained within 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 attended by the applicant.

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


AAA in three A Level subjects:

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

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

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.

*The third A Level subject cannot be general studies or critical thinking, however, there is no third subject which 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.

Restrictions apply to re-sits to 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 with a minimum of 6665555 to include English, Mathematics and two science subjects. If any of these specified subjects are not offered at level 2, they must be offered at Standard or Higher level in the IB.


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:
Grade B in Biology
Grade B in Chemistry

In addition to
5 Highers at AAAAB grades including grades AA at biology and chemistry and
AAABBB 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.



For applications from 2020 (for 2021 entry) we will no longer accept BTEC qualifications. Please contact our admissions department if you started the Pearson BTEC National Diploma prior to September 2018.


We consider Access Courses to be suitable for adult learners who should normally have been out of education for at least 5 years.

We do not consider Access Courses to be appropriate for students who have failed to achieve the necessary A level grades in the last 5 years.  

At least 5 GCSE subjects at grade B/grade 6 including Maths, English and a Science subject. Vocational/Applied GCSEs are not accepted. Functional skills qualifications will not be considered in place of GCSEs.

The GCSE requirements should be in place at the time of application.  We are unable to consider pending grades at GCSE level. 

Kite-marked level 3 Access course at pre-approved colleges is required

Distinction in Biology and Chemistry and distinction overall

Approval of the access course MUST be obtained prior to application, so therefore, please ensure that the access course you are planning to start has already been approved before you commence on that course.

For a list of further education colleges who provide Access courses which have already been approved, please see link or contact the Admissions Office for further information


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

Graduate applicants must also fulfil the GCSE criteria as detailed below.

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


Graduate Fees:  Due to recent government changes in Higher Education funding, we are now able to offer graduates places at the regular tuition fee of £9,250 per year. However, UK applicants should be aware that student finance from the Student Loans Company is not available for a second degree.

Due to introduction of a new curriculum, we no longer offer the accelerated (4 year) programme; therefore all students must complete the 5 year programme.

GCSE (only in addition to other qualifications)

A minimum of 7776666, to include a minimum of grade 6 in English, Mathematics and two science GCSEs (either as separate subjects, or e.g. dual award science).

For GCSE qualifications awarded an alphabetical grade:

A minimum of AAABBBB, to include a minimum of grade B in English, Mathematics and two science GCSEs (either as separate subjects, or e.g. dual award science).


We welcome applications from international students with suitable academic qualifications. Applications must provide evidence of qualifications which fulfil the level 2 and 3 criteria as shown above. Further information on equivalent qualifications is available from and

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 students are also expected to have completed some work experience and complete our online work experience questionnaire; however, the applicant’s location and opportunities available to him/her will be taken into consideration when applications are received.


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 some work experience with a veterinary surgeon and also with live animals in a commercial setting. At Liverpool, equal weighting is given to farm, equine and small animal species and so where possible we also advise applicants to obtain experience with at least two of small, equine or farm animals.

We do however recognise that not all candidates have equal opportunities for access to work experience and that many placements have been cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions. We will therefore interview all applicants who have completed 5 days of any type of animal or veterinary-related work experience.  In addition, we will accept completion of a Virtual Work Experience MOOC ( in place of our requirement for 5 days  hands-on work experience. All vet schools have collaborated on this MOOC and all agree it is valuable preparation for entry into the world of veterinary medicine. Interviewers will have access to work experience questionnaires and may ask applicants to reflect on their experiences during their interview but applicants will NOT be scored on the amount of work experience they have been able to complete.

Interview (Stage 3)

To be shortlisted for interview, applicants must meet our academic criteria and have declared at least 1 week of work experience on our online questionnaire.  Interviews will be staggered over November – December 2020 and will take place via an online platform. Further details concerning the nature and timing of interviews will be provided in October 2020


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 (e.g. GCSEs). We give offers to around 50% of those we interview. 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 care.

Taken together, this information is often referred to as ‘contextual data’ and can help to provide fair access in admissions. At the University of Liverpool, we call this Contextual Data for Fair Access.

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. Further information can be found at


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.

The latest we are able to accept requests for deferring entry after offers have been made is 28th February 2021.

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

We do not use Personal Statements for assessing applications or selection 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 a candidate.

Does it count against me if I resit part, or all of my qualification?

Applications from candidates resitting advance level examinations will be considered without prejudice if the applicant otherwise meets the GSCE criteria (as above).  If an offer is made, resit 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.

Is there benefit in doing an 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.


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. We may make some offers to applicants to start the BVSc course the following year, on the understanding that if places are available, these applicants may invited to bring their year of entry forward.

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.

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 that 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.

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
L69 3GB

0151 794 4797