Royal Veterinary College London


At arguably the most prestigious veterinary school in the UK, the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine programme offered by RVC offers world-leading scientific and clinical training in veterinary medicine. RVC is located in the heart of London (Camden) and offers a vast range of veterinary programmes (from veterinary nursing to postgraduate veterinary degrees. Their Veterinary Medicine and Surgery degree, however, is a course built upon their extensive veterinary history, and takes a fresh approach in bringing together technological change, clinical and scientific progress, and stimulating teaching and learning methods. 

Key Points

  • London
  • Global accreditation
  • Prestigious

About the university Compare

Key Information
Email[email protected]
Phone number +44 (0) 20 7468 5147
Course Information
Teaching styleTraditional/Practical
You will be taught in a number of ways including:
whole-class lectures, small group tutorials, group work in directed learning classes, computer-assisted learning, demonstrations, practical work in laboratory and many more which are outlined in detail on the website. For the most part your learning will be split into 2 parts. The first 2 years are spent at the Camden Campus studying basic veterinary sciences, acquiring introductory skills in handling and examining animals as well as developing communication and team working skills. During years 3 to 5 you will be based at the Hawkshead Campus which is where your practical and clinical learning will begin.
Course length5 years
If you choose the 6 year ‘Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine with an Intercalated Year course.
Courses offered3 course offered
Undergraduate and graduate entry.
Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (5 year).
Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (Accelerated – 4 year).
Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine with an Intercalated Year (6 years). Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine Gateway Course (1 year).
Graduate entryYes
Foundation or accessYes
The Royal Veterinary College is involved in a widening participation scheme which allows those from less fortunate backgrounds to enrol in a 1 year Veterinary Gateway Course. Upon completion and passing of this course the student will then be enrolled into the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine course.
University Life
Local areaCamden/Hertfordshire
RVC teaching centre and living halls are located in Camden in the heart of London and the home to well-known locations such as Camden Market and London Zoo. Like many of the other Veterinary Schools, you will find everything you need on campus and your flats will only be a short distance away from here. The Hawkshead campus (based in Hertfordshire) will feature a more peaceful, countryside area - perfect for the practical/clinical training you will be undergoing in these final 3 years.
Social lifeA visit to the nearby bustling Camden Market or ZSL London Zoo is a great way to spend your day locally. However, you’ll be in the centre of London thus leaving you either walking distance or a short underground journey away from an excess of attractions, restaurants, pubs, bars and nightclubs so night/day life will not be a problem. Furthermore, despite its relatively small scale in comparison to other universities, you will not fall short in terms of sports clubs and societies and if you can’t find one for you, feel free to start up your own.
Interview styleMMI plus an observed group task
Interview datesNovember - December.
Interview topicsInformation not disclosed
Academic Requirements
GSCESubjects required: Maths, English Language and Science.

Grades required: 6 GCSE grades at 7/A including Maths, English Language and Science.
A-levelSubjects required: Chemistry and Biology and a third subject of your choice (excluding General Studies).
Grades required: AAA with a pass in practical endorsement.
Retake policyYes
Applications are considered from applicants who are retaking their A-Levels as long as they reach the minimum grade upon second sitting.
Scottish highersSubjects required: Biology and Chemistry.
Grades required: AAAAB
And at least National 5* grade B in Physics, Mathematics and English.
Scottish advancedSubjects required: Biology and Chemistry.
Grades required: AA
And at least National 5* grade B in Physics, Mathematics and English.
IBSubjects required: Biology, Chemistry and a third subject of your choosing.
Grades required: 6, 6, 6 in HL subjects.
Their standard offer is based on specific subject-grade requirements, rather than a total points score.
Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only)Grades required: 2:2 in a relevant biological sciences discipline for the standard veterinary course.
If you have a 2:1 in a relevant biological sciences discipline they recommend you to apply for the accelerated course.
For non-honours: 2:1 in a relevant biological sciences discipline for the standard veterinary course.
Irish Leaving CertificateSubjects required: Biology and Chemistry.
Minimum O3 required in Physics, English and Mathematics.
(where physics is not available at Leaving Cert level, they will consider a high grade in Junior Cert Science)
Grades required: H1, H1, H2, H2, H2, H2 (H1 required in at least 1 of the sciences).
Access to Higher Education Diploma Breakdown:
Minimum 15 level 3 credits in Biology at D.
15 level 3 credits in Chemistry at D.
You must achieve at least Merit in all other graded level 3 credits.
Birkbeck University Certificate of Higher Education in Subjects Allied to MedicineDistinctions must be achieved in the Chemistry and Biology modules.
Kite-marked level 3 Access courseN/A
Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge CertificateApplicants who achieve the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate with grade A will be accepted with 2 A levels: Biology (A) and Chemistry (A).
BTECHead over to their website for the full breakdown:
Cambridge Pre-UBiology and Chemistry and a third of your choice with D3 in each.
Admission Assessment N/A
Work Experience140 hours:
70 hours – veterinary practice (10 days).
70 hours – variety of animal husbandry (10 days).
Number of Places285
Number of UK/EU applicants per place10
Number of non-UK/non-EU applicants per place3

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