This course is designed to provide you with the skills, knowledge, and confidence you need to access a degree in Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Science, Veterinary Nursing or any other animal-related subject such as zoology or animal behaviour.
The course will comprise of the minimum 15 credits in Biology and Chemistry that many prestigious universities require students to achieve at distinction to be successful in applying for veterinary science programmes. These units will begin with a developmental unit that introduces you to these subjects if you have been out of study for a period of time. You will develop a deep theoretical understanding of these subjects as well as the practical skills required to undertake diagnostic testing and other procedures.
The course also includes a number of modules that will begin to give you an understanding of animal health and welfare, including all legislative requirements that veterinary professionals need to adhere to. During these sessions you will learn basic animal husbandry and animal nursing skills in preparation for your work experience placement in a local veterinary practice that will support your application to university. It is recommended that if you wish to study Veterinary Medicine or Veterinary Nursing that alongside studying this course have work experience in an animal environment to support your application.
Other modules will include academic writing and study skills support sessions to prepare you for your time at university.
There will be a mix of reports, presentations and exams as well as some assessments of your key transferable skills like maths and English writing. An extended scientific project with support you with developing your research skills in preparation for your time at university.
This programme is specifically designed for students looking to study Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Science or Veterinary Nursing or at degree level. Although progression on to any Animal Science related degree will be possible.
This course is designed for students aged 19+. We recommend that applicants have a GCSE grade 4 (C or above) in English Language, Maths and Science. Ideally you will have relevant experience gained in a professional working environment and related qualifications, although a desire and enthusiasm for life-long learning and ability to study independently are equally as important. References are also considered.