How do I apply in 2019?
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. The questionnaire will be available online from September 2019 and needs to be submitted by 23.59 hrs on 21st October 2019. We do not wish to receive work portfolios, detailed case studies or work experience references at this stage.
Our selection process has three stages:
Stage 1 (October – December): Applications who meet our academic requirements proceed to stage two.
Stage 2 (November): The work experience questionnaires are assessed and applicants meeting our stage 1 requirements and work experience criteria will be invited to interview.
Stage 3 (December): Our interviews will take place 25th – 29th November and 2nd – 6th December 2019, are competitive and the top scoring applicants will receive an offer for a place.
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 UCAT 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, one of which must be Physics. 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, 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
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, one of which must be Physics. 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
- Grade H1 in Biology
- Grade H1 in Chemistry
- Grades H2, H2, H2, H2 in four further subjects, to include English and either Physics or Maths
If an applicant can offer GCSEs at a minimum of B grade in English, Maths and Physics (or equivalent) these subjects may not be required at higher level.
For 2019 applicants we will accept the following BTEC qualification
Edexcel / Pearson BTEC National Diploma
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management (no other BTEC qualifications are considered)
- DDD overall
- and Chemistry AS level at grade B or above
BTEC applicants must also have 5 GCSEs at grade B (or grade 6) or above to include in English, Mathematics and science.
For applications from 2020 (for 2021 entry) we will no longer accept BTEC qualifications unless the Pearson BTEC National Diploma was started prior to September 2018.
Access to higher education courses
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. 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. Access applicants must also have 5 GCSEs at grade 6 (or grade B) or above to include in English, Mathematics and Science.
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.
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, one of which must be Physics, 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, one of which must be physics, or e.g. dual award science).
International and EU Applicants
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 http://www.liv.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/applying/entry-requirements-and-qualifications/eu-qualifications/ and http://www.liv.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 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)
We require that applicants have gained FIVE WEEKS of work experience, between January 2016 and the UCAS application deadline (October 2019). These five weeks should consist of THREE weeks animal husbandry and TWO weeks clinical/veterinary practice.
Each “week” of work experience does not have to be five consecutive days; it is perfectly acceptable to have completed whole or part days (e.g. several Saturdays over a number of weeks), to accumulate your experience. The questionnaire will ask you to enter the number of days completed, so please equate 7 hrs = 1 day.
All applicants are asked to complete an online work experience questionnaire. Once you have completed the questionnaire, please make sure you check your inbox (or junk folder) to ensure that you have received confirmation of your submission.
The online form can be completed as soon as you have your UCAS number and can be filled in before or after you submit your UCAS application. The deadline for all online work experience questionnaire submissions is 23.59 hrs on 21st October 2019. Applications which do not include a completed work experience questionnaire will NOT be considered as they are incomplete and will be rejected.
The work experience questionnaire is in two sections; animal husbandry and clinical/veterinary practice.
We require that you have completed THREE weeks (= 15 days, 105 hours) of animal husbandry experience. This should include.
At least FOUR days with at least TWO “core” species groups, i.e. at least 8 days working with the following CORE species
Dogs and/or cats
e.g. kennels/cattery (boarding or rescue), grooming parlours, hydrotherapy, puppy-walking/training centres
Equine (horses, ponies or donkeys)
e.g. riding school, livery yard, competition horses, stud, farrier
Farm animal (dairy cows, beef cattle, sheep (including lambing), pigs, poultry, goats, camelids)
e.g. commercial farms, urban farms, embryo transfer
The two core placements should not be carried out at the same establishment. Other animal husbandry placements may include abattoirs, laboratories, farriers, embryo transfer technicians, zoos or wildlife centres. Placements should be for a minimum of one day (seven hours).
Veterinary (clinical) experience
Applicants should also have two weeks (= 10 days, 70 hours) work experience in veterinary practice. This should be in at least THREE days in TWO different practices, preferably one small animal and one large animal (farm animal or equine) practice. If your experience is in a mixed practice, you may include both large and small animal experience as two separate placements. Branch practices of the same practice will NOT be accepted as two placements unless in exceptional circumstances although distinct practices within the same commercial group (e.g. vet4Pets are allowed).
- Placements not yet completed cannot be included in the questionnaire.
- Attendance at courses run by commercial companies for those considering a veterinary career cannot be included as work experience and confers no special advantage to the application.
- You will be asked on the questionnaire to tell us what type of establishment you spent time at and for contact details (name of the person in charge of your experience, name & postal address of the establishment, contact email or phone number). We must have the full contact details of the placement for it to be counted.
- If you have completed a work experience placement at a mixed practice (i.e. with both large and small animal) please indicate under “establishment type” which type of experience you gained. If you spent time in more than one clinical area (e.g. both small animal and equine), please enter this as two different placements, indicating how long you spent in each clinical area.
- We do not require references at the time of initial application; please do not send these to the Veterinary Institute. If you are invited for interview, you will be asked to provide copies of a selection of references, usually from at least two veterinary practices, and two placements from the “core” categories named above. These should state when you were at these establishments and how long for; we do not require a character reference from every placement. It is advisable to try and collect these as you complete placements, rather than have to try and obtain them retrospectively.
- International students are also expected to have completed work experience; however, the applicant’s location and opportunities available to him/her may be taken into consideration when applications are received.
Interview (Stage 3)
This stage is competitive.
Interviews will take place 25th – 29th November and 2nd – 6th December 2019. Applicants who are invited for interview will receive, by e-mail, detailed information about our interview process and advice on how to book their interview.
International students may be offered an interview after the main interview period. These candidates will be notified separately.
We run a multiple mini interview system. Applicants spend five minutes each at a number of stations on various topics with different members of staff or veterinary surgeons. Example stations include animal welfare and knowledge of the veterinary profession. Short written questionnaires or numeracy tests may also be included in the interview process.
The top scoring applicants will receive an offer of a place.
Important information for all applicants
Communication by e-mail
The University will communicate with applicants via the e-mail address provided on the UCAS form; please ensure that you can regularly check this e-mail account and a valid e-mail address is provided. Adding firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com to your contacts/address book may assist in avoiding important information being diverted to your spam/junk/update folder.
Disability, dyslexia and other learning difficulties
The University of Liverpool welcomes students with disabilities. However, some physical disabilities preclude work as a veterinary surgeon. We have a number of students with specific learning difficulties and systems are in place to offer support. For further information please contact the Admissions Office. It is essential to disclose details on your UCAS form so that any special requirements can be identified.
Some disability support adjustments are not considered appropriate for students on clinical programmes. Upon starting the programme all students are assessed by occupational health, and if their support plan recommends an adjustment that is not compatible with clinical training, these adjustments will be removed.
The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons’ Guidelines on the Admission of Students with Disabilities to Professional Degree Courses are also available.
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.
Applicants invited for interview will be asked to sign a declaration stating that they consider themselves fit to practise as a Veterinary Surgeon. More information is available on the RCVS,
Declaration of Criminal Convictions
Any applicants who have a criminal conviction should declare this on their UCAS application form. Applicants are also asked at interview to declare any criminal convictions. Some professions or occupations, including practising as a veterinary surgeon, are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974; therefore you should declare any spent or unspent convictions or punishments that would appear on a criminal records check.
You should be aware that all criminal convictions are required to be declared when applying to become a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Only minor convictions are excluded from disclosure, e.g. some road traffic offences that have been dealt with by means of a fixed penalty, for example, speeding, and fixed penalty notices issued by local authorities for offences such as dog fouling or littering. Further information is available from the RCVS or contact the Admissions Office for further advice.
What is the chance of my application being successful?
If you meet our minimum criteria at stage 1 and stage 2 you will be offered an interview. In 2017 and 2018 we gave 50% of our interviewees an offer to study veterinary science at Liverpool.
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 2020.
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.
Do you give contextual offers?
The University of Liverpool uses a purpose built system to identify contextual data. This system takes into account a combination of the following indicators: your postcode to assess geo-demographic profiling datasets ACORN and POLAR 3; your school’s performance level over a three year period, assessing it in line with national averages; if you have a disability; and if you have spent any time in social care. Please see https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/applying/contextual-data/ for further details.
Contextual data may be taken into consideration when offers are made, or at confirmation (when A-level results are published). Applicants who are enrolled on the Liverpool Scholar’s or Realising Opportunities Schemes will qualify for a contextual offer should they be successful at interview.
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 mitigating 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.