BVSc Gateway to Veterinary Science (D108)

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Gateway to Vet Science
UCAS code D108
Application method UCAS/Common Application

We can only accept UCAS applications. The closing date for UCAS applications for this course is 15 October. UCAS advises that no more than four choices from a possible five can be used for veterinary courses.

Course duration 6 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus, Langford campus, Placements
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2016/17 5

About BVSc Gateway to Veterinary Science

This course is aimed at students who have the potential to become vets but do not have the academic entry criteria to apply directly to our five-year BVSc Veterinary Science course. It is a widening participation initiative for UK students who fulfil specific criteria.

The Gateway course will develop your interest in and knowledge and understanding of the basic sciences that underpin veterinary science. It will foster professional behaviours and attitudes.

Additional veterinary and related animal work experience will form part of the course. Successful completion of this Gateway course will enable you to join the BVSc Veterinary Science.


This course is only open to applicants from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland who are eligible for a contextual offer.  Further information, and a list of designated schools and colleges, which is updated annually, is available on the Entry requirements and qualifications webpage. 

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

In year one, your studies will include:

  • The basic anatomy, physiology and biochemistry of the healthy human/animal;
  • The fundamental principles of chemistry and biochemistry; 
  • Mathematical methods; 
  • Clinical professional attributes;
  • Relevant work experience. 

Successful completion of this year will enable you to progress to the BVSc Veterinary Science.

Find out more about the course structure and units available for Gateway to Veterinary Science

Typical offer for BVSc Gateway to Veterinary Science - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
BBC including BB in Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics. Applicants with predicted/achieved grades of AAB or above are not eligible for this course.
Science practicals A pass in the practical element of all English examination board science A-levels is expected.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
29 with 14 at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in Chemistry and 5 at Higher Level in one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics. Applicants with predicted or achieved grades of 33 overall and 16 at Higher Level or above are not eligible for this course.
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerNot accepted
BTEC offer DMM in Animal Management, an Applied Science or Applied Science (Medical Sciences). Applicants with predicted or achieved grades of DDD or above, or who are also taking A-level Chemistry, are not eligible.
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerAdvanced Higher: BB in Biology and Chemistry, and Standard Level: BBBBC
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the a non-subject specific grade for the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade

Specified subjects

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not acceptable towards A-level.

Applicants must also meet these requirements

Subjects required at GCSE or equivalentGrade B in Double Science, Mathematics and English Language plus one other subject at Grade C.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Additional requirementsApplicants are recommended to complete relevant work experience prior to application.

How we assess your application

Admissions statements and policies for 2018 entry will be published in summer 2017. Statements and policies for 2017 entry are available for information:

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Not accepted

Selection process

Candidates who fit the academic entry criteria and the additional widening participation criteria will be considered for interview. This will comprise a series of practical tests (multiple mini-interviews) and an interview undertaken at the University of Bristol campus at Langford.

More information

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admission contact our Enquiries Team:
Phone: +44 (0)117 394 1649


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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