Prospective Applicants

How do I apply in 2022 for 2023 entry?

Details on  how to apply in 2022 for entry in 2023 will be updated by the end of February 2022.

Academic Requirements (Stage 1)

The below criteria is for 2022 entry. The requirements for 2023 entry will be updated during February 2022

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 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 attended by the applicant.

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 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

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 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

5 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.


We no longer accept BTEC qualifications

GCSE (only in addition to other qualifications)

At least five GCSEs at grade 7 (A) including two science GCSEs (either as separate subjects or e.g. 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.


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 5 years.


  1. Pre-approved ‘access to higher education’ diplomas
  2. Distinction in Biology and Chemistry and distinction overall

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

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 which have already been approved, or contact the Admissions Office for further information.

  1. The Foundation course in Heath and Veterinary studies (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; Deadline 15th January 2022.


We welcome applications from overseas students with suitable academic qualifications. Applications must provide evidence of qualifications which 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 some work experience and complete our online work experience form; however, the applicant’s location and opportunities available to him/her will be taken into consideration when applications are received.

Information on fees for International and EU applicants can be found on the university website:


Work Experience (Stage 2)

The below criteria is for 2022 entry. The requirements for 2023 entry will be updated during February 2022

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 either:-

15 days of any type of animal or veterinary-related work experience.


10 days of any type of animal or veterinary-related work experience plus the Virtual Work Experience and Exploring the Veterinary Profession MOOC

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 volume or nature of work experience they have been able to complete. Work experience does not have to be completed in full days and 7 hours of experience e.g. over several evenings would be considered equivalent to 1 day.

Applicants who are invited to interview should use this guidance to send their work experience references:

How to evidence your work experience

Interview (Stage 3)

To be shortlisted for interview, applicants must meet both our academic and work experience criteria. Interviews usually take place before Christmas. Further details concerning the nature and timing of interviews will be provided in October 2022.


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.

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 qualification?

Applications from candidates re-sitting advance 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 advance 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 make take longer than the standard 2 years to complete their A level qualifications and so candidates are asked to email  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 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 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. 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
LiverpoolL69 3GB

0151 794 4797