Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science


Having set the example in the UK veterinary medicine scene of practical, hands on, learning, the university of Nottingham will offer you the most extreme of this approach. Based on its own ‘Sutton Bonington’ Campus in the outskirts of Nottingham with its own, nearby working dairy farm and a plethora of clinical facilities such as a working teaching hospital on site, Nottingham veterinary school take practical learning a step further by introducing you to clinical examples and settings from day one so if you are keen hands-on learner then Nottingham is the place to be. In addition, this campus is the location of the majority of Nottingham’s animal and
agricultural science courses making it a fantastic centre for research thus allowing you to immerse yourself in various scientific projects.

Key Points

  • Day one clinical
  • Relaxed on grades
  • Two intakes

About the university Compare

Key Information
Email[email protected]
Phone number+44 (0)115 951 6116
Course Information
Teaching styleVocational/Integrated
Hands-on clinical practice from day one
Continuous animal management and handling practice, achieved through learning with an animal in front of you and by being tasked with the care of a variety of on-site animals. Problem-based learning.
Teaching is also delivered through ‘body system-based modules’. This integrates the traditional medical subjects like physiology and anatomy. You will learn these modules twice, firstly as a science subject in the first two years and later on as a clinical subject in the fourth and fifth year.
BVMedSci is integrated in the course meaning you don’t have to spend an extra year within your studies to graduate with this.
Course length5 years
This is integrated into the course so you have no need to take an extra year for this.
Courses offered3 courses offered
Veterinary Medicine and Surgery.
Veterinary Medicine and Surgery including a Preliminary Year (6 years).
Veterinary Medicine and Surgery including a Gateway Year (6 years).
Graduate entryYes
Foundation or accessYes
The Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine is involved in a widening participation scheme which gives out contextual offers and Foundation/Gateway courses to those in less fortunate circumstances. Contact the university to see if you are eligible.
University Life
Local areaSutton Bonington
You along with other biological/agricultural science students will be based at the Sutton Bonington Campus located on the outskirts of Nottingham. This campus will consist of everything you need from its own sports centre to the nearby working dairy farm.
Social lifeSince you are only a short bus journey away from Nottingham’s main campus you won’t miss out on any of the night-life events organised here. You can also expect a vibrant night-life in the actual city of Nottingham. Furthermore you will find a plethora of societies to join at each campus and whilst Sutton Bonington has its own, the main campus boasts one of the most impressive university sports centres to date.
Interview stylePanel
Interview datesInformation not disclosed
Interview topics
  • Group challenges.
  • Practical assessment.
  • Personal Statement.
  • Ethics.
  • Motivation and insight into the course.
  • How you deal with stress.
  • Knowledge of the veterinary world.
  • Communication skills.
Academic Requirements
GSCESubjects required: Biology and Chemistry (or double science, course science, additional science, further additional science) and one of Physics or Maths.
Grades required: Minimum of five GCSEs at grade 7 (A) to include biology and chemistry (or double science or core science, additional science, further additional science) and one of physics or maths. Minimum of grade 6 (B) in English language and maths.
Subjects required: Chemistry, Biology and a third subject of your choosing.
Grades required: Grade A in Chemistry and Biology, Grade B in the third subject of your choosing and a pass in practical endorsement.
Retake policyYes
For Veterinary Medicine and Surgery AND Veterinary Medicine and Surgery including a Preliminary Year you are allowed 1 re-sit attempt per subject at GCSE and A level.
For Veterinary Medicine and Surgery including a Gateway Year, re-sits are not accepted.
Scottish highersSubjects required: Biology and Chemistry.
Grades required: AABBB (A in Biology and Chemistry).
Scottish advancedAA
Subjects required: Biology and Chemistry.
Grades required: AA
IBSubjects required: Higher Level Chemistry and Biology and a third Higher Level subject.
Grades required: 34
Grade 6 in Higher Level Chemistry and Biology and grade 5 in a third subject at Higher Level, with supporting level 2 qualifications.
If you are an international student you will need a 7.5 in IELTS (with no less than 7.0 in each element).
Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only)Grades required: 2:1 in a science-related subject (any BSc), and A level chemistry and Biology grade B, and GCSE grade 6(B) in maths and English language. Or 2:2 Hons degree in a science-related subject and 3 A levels (A in Biology, A in Chemistry, B in a third subject), and GCSE maths and English Language at grade 6. (B).
Irish Leaving CertificateSubjects required: Biology and Chemistry.
Grades required: Minimum of AAABB at Higher Level to include grade A in Biology and Chemistry or minimum 6 grade H2 at Higher level, to include a minimum of 85% in Biology and Chemistry.
Access to Higher Education DiplomaN/A
Birkbeck University Certificate of Higher Education in Subjects Allied to MedicinePass with distinctions in chemistry and biology modules.
Kite-marked level 3 Access courseN/A
Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge CertificateN/A
Cambridge Pre-UOffers will be made on the basis of D3 (Distinction) being achieved in biology and chemistry and a Merit pass (M1) in a third subject. If one of biology or chemistry is not taken as a principal subject then separate A level to be taken and passed at grade A.
Admission AssessmentN/A
Work ExperienceMinimum 4 weeks:
These 4 weeks must cover a broad range of animal environments for example:
veterinary practices.
rescue centres.
riding schools.
Number of Places300
Number of UK/EU applicants per place10
Number of non-UK/non-EU applicants per place14

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