Prospective Applicants

How do I apply in 2020 for 2021 entry?

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 2020 and needs to be submitted by 23.59 hrs on 20th October 2020. We do not wish to receive 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 which will take place 30th November – 4th December and 7th – 11th December 2020, 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 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:

    • Biology
    • 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

    • Grade H1 in Biology
    • Grade H1 in Chemistry
    • Grades H2, H2, H2, H2 in four further subjects, to include English and Maths

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

    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)


    We require that a minimum of FIVE weeks animal-related work experience is completed between January 2017 and 20th October 2020. These FIVE weeks should include at least TWO weeks in one or more veterinary practices and at least TWO weeks animal husbandry placements. ONE week of animal husbandry experience should involve working with equine or farm animals.

    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 will be asked to complete an online work experience questionnaire; this will be available via our website from September 2020.

    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 20th October 2020.  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. Examples of animal husbandry placements are listed below

    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

    Small animal placements

    kennels/cattery (boarding or rescue), grooming parlours, hydrotherapy, puppy-walking/training centres

    Other suitable placements

    abattoirs, diagnostic or research laboratories, zoos or wildlife centres.

    Further information

    • Placements can be paid or unpaid
    • Placements should be for a minimum of one day (seven hours).
    • Husbandry placements should be non-clinical workingenvironments (excluding pleasure riding /pet ownership).
    • Up to ONE week is allowed working for a commercial home business (e.g. family owned pet shop, farm, livery stables)
    • 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.

    We do not require references at the time of initial application. If you are invited for interview, you will be asked to provide references. These should state when you were at these establishments and how long for; we do not require a character references. It is advisable to try and collect these as you complete placements, rather than have to try and obtain them retrospectively.

    • Applicants who meet the criteria for the university’s policy on contextual data for fair access may be progressed to interview with less than our standard criteria of five weeks work experience.
    • 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 30 November – 4th December and 7th – 11th December 2020. 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 and 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.

    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 at

    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:

  • 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.

    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.

    Do you give contextual offers?

    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.

    Applicants who meet the criteria for the university’s policy on contextual data for fair access may be progressed to interview with less than our standard criteria of 25days work experience and may also receive a reduced offer. Further information can be found at

    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