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BVSc Gateway to Veterinary Science (D108)

Course overview

BVSc Gateway to Veterinary Science (D108)

Typical offer

A-level standard offer: BBC

A-level contextual offer:

See entry requirements for full details and eligibility.

Course duration

6 year(s) full-time

Part-time study is not available for this course

Application method

Full-time: UCAS

The closing date for Veterinary Science UCAS applications is 16 October. UCAS advises that no more than four choices from a possible five are used for Veterinary Science.


£9,250 per year, home students

Students should be aware that vacation extra mural studies (EMS) is a mandatory component of any UK veterinary curriculum. These may incur transport and accommodation costs.

More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.

International students

This course is open to applicants from specific schools and colleges in the UK only.


Clifton campus, Langford campus, Placements

Gateway to Veterinary Science is aimed at students who have the potential to become vets but do not meet the standard academic entry criteria to apply directly to our five-year undergraduate Veterinary Science course. Our Gateway courses are a widening participation initiative for UK students who fulfil specific criteria and wish to apply for a clinical programme in medicine, dentistry or veterinary science.

During the Gateway year students will learn alongside each other, benefiting from shared interprofessional insight and the unique community of Bristol's medical, dental and veterinary schools. Students will be taught by academic teachers who are scientists and clinicians.

The Gateway course builds on core basic sciences underpinning clinical subjects; encourages reflection and places emphasis on personal and professional development; strengthens practical, statistics, research and library skills; and considers attributes and behaviours that enable successful transition to university study. Successful completion of the Gateway year allows automatic progression onto the five-year BVSc Veterinary Science.

This course is open to applicants from specific schools and colleges in the UK only and/or to those who have spent three months or more in care. Further information and lists of the eligible schools and colleges is available on the contextual offers webpage.

See further key information about our veterinary courses on the Bristol Veterinary School website.

Course structure

Studies will include:

  • Basic cell biology, anatomy, physiology and biochemistry of the healthy human/animal;
  • Fundamental principles of chemistry;
  • Numeracy skills and statistics relevant to health sciences programmes;
  • Clinical professional attributes;
  • Clinically-relevant work experience.

Successful students will then join the five-year BVSc Veterinary Science course.

Full details about the course structure and units for this course can be viewed in the programme catalogue.

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Entry requirements

We accept a wide variety of qualifications and welcome applications from students of all backgrounds. Below is a guide to the typical offers for this course.

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirements

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

Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to have one of the following:

Further information about English language requirements and profile levels

Additional requirements

Work experience is recommended - please see the Admissions Statement.

More about UK qualifications.

Selection process

Key information about this course

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