BSc Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science (DC37)

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UCAS code DC37
Application method UCAS
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees
  • Home students: £9,250 per year
  • EU students: £9,250 per year
  • International students: £24,000 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £10,750 per year

Additional fees: For veterinary nursing trainees there is a registration fee paid to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons when you enrol which was £190 in 2018/19; currently we ask you to pay half of this cost, however, this may change. During your 62 weeks of practical training you are expected to wear a uniform. There will be the opportunity to order and purchase uniforms during your first year before going out to placement.

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

About BSc Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science

The first two years of your studies are completed at the main Clifton campus, where our pre-clinical facilities are based, with some days spent at the Bristol Veterinary School at Langford.

In year one you will be taught the fundamental concepts of anatomical science, understanding body function and pre-clinical science, and will be introduced to the principles and practice of veterinary nursing.

The second year builds up the basic sciences through classroom-based study comprising two compulsory units in veterinary anatomy plus a choice of two optional units. You will also study anaesthesia and fluid therapy; surgical nursing and theatre practice; and medical nursing, diagnostics and therapeutics.

To meet the clinical placement requirements of the RCVS you will spend ten weeks in clinical practice during the vacation in years one and two. Usually, this placement takes place close to your home.

Your third year comprises a 42-week placement in first-opinion veterinary practice within a 50-mile radius of Bristol Veterinary School. You will complete an electronic portfolio of practical tasks during your placement and will study professional veterinary nursing practice through lectures and online tutorials.

In your final year you will study units in applied clinical veterinary nursing and One Health. You will also complete a ten-week research project on a topic of your choice, undertaking individual, in-depth exploration of an aspect of veterinary nursing or bioveterinary science.

Taught units are assessed using a variety of written examinations, computer-based tests and written reports, as well as practical examinations. While you are working within the clinical environment, your progress is monitored through practical competence assessments.

The course is accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

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Typical offer for BSc Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science - applicants must meet one of the following

A-level
Standard offer
BBC including BB in Biology and Chemistry
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
29 points overall with 14 at Higher Level, including 5, 5 at Higher Level in Biology and Chemistry
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements for principal subjects are as for A-level, where D1/ D2 is A*, D3 is A, M1/ M2 is B, M3 is C
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma (Animal Management, Applied Science, Biology combined with Chemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Bioscience, Life Science, Science) with at least 21 credits at Distinction, including 12 in Chemistry and 9 in Biology, plus 18 credits at Merit
BTEC offer DMM  in Applied Science or Animal Management with Distinction in science units, plus A in A-level Chemistry or DDM in Applied Science with Distinction in all of units 13, 14 and two of 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 20 or 21
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerAdvanced Higher: BB in Biology and Chemistry, and Standard Higher: BBBBC
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade
European Baccalaureate offer73% overall, with 8.0 in Biology and Chemistry
UK qualificationsFurther information about UK qualifications
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications
International Foundation Programme50% in 60 academic credits with no subject lower than 40%, including Foundations of Biomedical Science at 55% and Foundations of Chemistry at 55%, and Essential Mathematics with 50%

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Standard numeracy requirement (4 or C in GCSE Mathematics or equivalent) and
Standard literacy requirement (4 or C in GCSE English or equivalent)

Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile C
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Additional requirementsWork experience is required, please see the Admissions statement.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

Selection process

UCAS plus veterinary work experience form

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Phone: +44 (0)117 394 1649
Email: choosebristol-ug@bristol.ac.uk

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Accreditation

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 nurse with that body.

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