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, 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 H1, H2, H2, H2 in four further subjects, to include either Physics or Maths
In addition to minimum of AAABBB at in Junior Certificate to include a minimum of grade B in English, Mathematics and Science.
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
- 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
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.
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.