Veterinary Medicine and Surgery including a Preliminary Year at University of Nottingham - UCAS

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Course summary

Our preliminary year is for able students who do not have the required science qualifications for our five-year course but have high academic achievement in non-science and vocational subjects, or extensive experience. You'll study integrated modules that show how basic science subjects interlink, including:

  • animal biology
  • animal care and behaviour
  • chemistry
After successfully completing the preliminary year you'll automatically progress to our five-year Veterinary Medicine and Surgery course.


During the preliminary year you'll study basic science subjects and mathematics. Biology topics will include body systems, cells structures, biochemistry, health and disease. Chemistry topics will include compounds, reactions, atomic structures and bonding. You'll also have an introduction to animal behaviour and care, as well as practical classes to develop your animal handling skills. This fundamental knowledge will help to prepare you for the main degree programme. You will study a total of six modules in the preliminary year. After successfully completing your preliminary year, you'll automatically join our five-year veterinary medicine and surgery course.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

In addition to the above, all applicants (apart from Access or RVN) must meet GCSE requirements - minimum of five grade As (numeric grade 7) at GCSE to include minimum B (6) in chemistry and maths plus grade C (4) in English language. If Double science (single science and additional science) are taken then both must be grade B (6). If Triple science (single science, additional science and further additional science) are taken then all 3 must be grade B (6). If GCSEs have not been taken, applicants must provide evidence of achievement at an equivalent level. Registered Veterinary Nurses with RVN qualification and minimum of B (6) in maths and C (4) in English language can apply. At least 2:1 in a non-animal, biology or chemistry-related subject, and A level qualifications of BB, to include, at most, one of biology and chemistry and excluding citizenship studies, critical thinking, general studies and global perspectives) and GCSE Grade B (6) in maths plus GCSE Grade C (4) in English language. European Baccalaureate - 80% overall, which must not include both Biology and Chemistry.

Additional entry requirements

Admission tests

Health checks

Further information will be provided by the University if an offer is made.


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Applicants must complete a minimum of five weeks experience including three weeks working with animals

Institutions Own Test (IOT)

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £27200* Year 1
EU £27200* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Veterinary Medicine and Surgery including a Preliminary Year at University of Nottingham - UCAS