BVSc Veterinary Science (D100)

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UCAS code D100
Application method UCAS/Common Application

We can only accept applications for Veterinary Science through UCAS. The closing date for UCAS applications is 15 October. UCAS advises that no more than four choices from a possible five are used for Veterinary Science.

Course duration 5 year(s) full-time
Part-time study Part-time study is not available on this course.
Number of applications for 2014/15 1399
Number of places for 2016/17 150

About BVSc Veterinary Science

A new spiral curriculum introduces you to the integrated structure and function of healthy animals, followed by the mechanisms of disease and their clinical management.

Vertical themes running throughout the course instil the importance of professional skills, animal health and welfare, and veterinary public health that underpin all veterinary disciplines.

For the first three years you will be based in Bristol with at least one day a week spent at Langford; years four and five are taught at Langford, with an extended, lecture-free, final clinical year.

It is a requirement of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), that all UK veterinary students undertake 38 weeks of extra-mural studies on farms and in veterinary establishments. Bristol has a network of 'foster' placements to help you find the experiences you need.

Find out more about funding a Veterinary Science degree.

More about Veterinary Science

Find out more about studying Veterinary Science at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

Vertical themes with teaching delivered throughout all five years are:

  • Professional Studies including:
    • communication skills;
    • professional conduct;
    • ethics and the law;
    • business management;
    • health and safety;
    • study, learning, investigation and employability.
  • Animal management, husbandry, welfare
  • Veterinary Public Health
  • Global and One Health.

Years one to four

Animal Health Science encompasses and integrates the traditional science disciplines of Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry with an emphasis on clinical relevance - year one and part of year two.

Animal Disease encompasses and integrates the disciplines of Immunology, Pathology, Parasitology, Microbiology and Pharmacology, which are primarily taught in year two with some in year three.

Clinical Management encompasses Basic Clinical Science, Therapeutics, Farm and Companion Animal Sciences - years three and four.

Fifth year

Clinical Management: Extended final year with core rotations and the opportunity to track and undertake an elective.

Final year includes 'Professional Studies, Global and One Health Weeks'.

Further details about the course structure for Veterinary Science

Typical offer for BVSc Veterinary Science

(including international A-levels)
AAA including Chemistry and Biology. Graduates should offer a minimum of BBB at A-level including Chemistry and Biology plus 2:1 or above
(including international A-levels)
(contextual offer)
AAB including Chemistry at grade A and Biology
IB Diploma 36 points overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6 in Chemistry and 6 in Biology at Higher Level
IB Diploma
(contextual offer)
34 points overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 6 in Chemistry and 5 in Biology at Higher Level
Cambridge Pre-URequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
AccessPass Access to HE Diploma (Science or Medicine) with at least 30 credits at Distinction, including 12 credits in Chemistry and 12 credits in Biology, and 15 credits at Merit. GCSE requirements for Access applicants are grade B in Maths, English language and two sciences, plus grade C in a fifth subject.
BTEC DDD in Science including Distinction in science units, plus grade A in A-level Chemistry
SQASH: AAAAB and AH: AA in Chemistry and Biology
Welsh BaccRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
EB85% overall with 8.5 in Chemistry and Biology
International qualificationsQualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
English language requirements Profile B
Further information about English language requirements
Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent:Grade B or above in English Language and two sciences; and grade A in Mathematics if Mathematics or Physics not offered at grade A at A-level or AS-level. A minimum of five A grades would normally be expected. Graduate applicants must have GCSE Mathematics grade A and GCSE English Language grade B.

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Phone: +44 (0)117 394 1641

Fees and funding

For information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit fees and funding.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.


This course is recognised by the following organisations:

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) for the purpose of eligibility for registration as a veterinary surgeon with that body.

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