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

Course summary

Choose a course that's dual-accredited and gives you an exceptional student experience - with the highest overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) since 2010 (National Student Survey 2010-2021). Our veterinary courses are accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). We're also one of only two UK veterinary schools that are accredited by the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE). The preliminary year is ideal if you don't have the required science qualifications for our five-year veterinary course, but have the required grades in non-science, vocational subjects, or extensive experience. There's a combination of lectures and practical classes and you'll study integrated modules that show how basic science subjects interlink. Topics include biology, animal care and behaviour. You'll also study some chemistry and mathematics to prepare you for the main degree programme. Most of your learning will take place in our purpose-built veterinary school, where you'll have access to:

  • anatomy and clinical labs
  • a surgery and dissection suite
  • lecture theatre and small-group teaching rooms
  • research facilities
  • animal facilities such as kennels, stables, exotic pet rooms and sheep and pig housing
You'll also use specialist facilities, including:
  • the University Farm
  • the Centre for Dairy Science Innovation (CDSI)
  • a paperless Super Lab
After completing your preliminary year you'll automatically join 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 five 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

This course is not accepting applications at this time. Please contact the provider to find out more.

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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.

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Admission tests

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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

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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.

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