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University of Nottingham

Veterinary Medicine including a Preliminary Year

UCAS Code: D104
Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, Bachelor of Veterinary Surgery - BVMBVS years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Veterinary sciences
Student score
Not Available
% employed or in further study
100% MED
Average graduate salary
£28k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

in any subjects at A level to include, at most only one of Biology or Chemistry at AS level or A level, and excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. A pass is required in science practical tests, if assessed separately

Scottish Highers

in any subjects, but not including both Biology and Chemistry. This qualification is acceptable when combined with Advanced Higher grades AA (not including both Biology and Chemistry).

Scottish Advanced Highers

in any subjects, but not including both Biology and Chemistry. This qualification is acceptable when combined with Scottish Higher grades AABBB, (not including both Biology and Chemistry).

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

with supporting GCSEs listed below.

International Baccalaureate

6, 6, 5 in any subjects at Higher Level. Must not include both Biology and Chemistry.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 136 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

This course includes a preliminary year whereby you will study the basic science subjects of animal biology, chemistry, and animal care and behaviour, ensuring you have the relevant levels of scientific knowledge to progress onto our five-year BVM BVS programme. Recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, we are one of only two UK veterinary schools fully accredited by the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education. We provide a progressive and dynamic approach to veterinary education, leading you through a clinically-integrated programme with body-system based modules, each covering all of the common domestic, wildlife, and exotic species. Our philosophy is that your education needs to be hands-on, ensuring that you develop your animal handing and husbandry skills from the beginning.


During the preliminary year you will learn key chemical concepts and animal biology. Following this, years two and three develop learning primarily about the "normal" animal. Year four provides an opportunity to focus on a research project of your choice. You will also develop further understanding of principles underpinning clinical veterinary sciences. In year five you will learn about animal production, trauma management, disease processes, diagnosis, management and prevention. This part of the course also integrates learning of pathological processes with the food industry, zoonotic disease and public health. Year six consists of a series of Clinical Practice Modules that comprise small-group clinical teaching in a hospital/practical/laboratory situation at our Clinical Associates.

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How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
7% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
76% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
7% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
472 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
3% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 100% MED
Average graduate salary £28k MED
Graduates who are health professionals


Graduates who are animal care and control services


Graduates who are managers and proprietors in health and care services


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Good news for would-be vets! Almost all graduates get jobs as vets on finishing their courses, and salaries are much better than the average for graduates. In fact, we produce the same number of vets every year than we did 10 years ago (a few hundred) and that means there are signs of shortages in the profession as the population increases. Not surprisingly, many jobs are in rural areas, and vets are much less likely than most other graduates to work in large cities.
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