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Course summary

This course is an excellent opportunity for students wishing to qualify as a RCVS Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) whilst studying a Level 5 higher education qualification accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). Your studies will therefore combine academic study and occupational competence. Students study a total of twelve modules over the normal three-year duration of the full-time course. Six modules are studied at each of Levels 4 and 5. This course is validated in partnership with Coventry University.


Modules may include Year 1 - Level 4 Academic Study Skills, Employability and T-Shaped (ASSET) Applied Animal Anatomy and Physiology Introductory Veterinary Nursing Operations of a Veterinary Practice Year 2 - Level 4/5 Introductory Animal Welfare Breeding and Nutrition Principles and Practice of Diagnostics Applied Anaesthesia Applied Surgical Nursing Year 3 - Level 5 Advanced Veterinary Nursing Professional Practice for Veterinary Nursing Reflective Nursing Practice Optional modules (select one): Animal Behavioural Science Equine and Livestock Management Management of Exotics For further details about this course, please refer to the programme specification here: We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated, please contact us for the latest information.

Assessment method

Each module has its own specific assessment profile, for instance 100% coursework or 50% coursework and 50% written examination. Modules are assessed using a variety of methods (reports, open and closed book examinations, presentations and practical assessments) thus allowing students to develop a range of skills related to the subject area and to build confidence in the subject and in themselves. To successfully complete the professional practice for veterinary nursing, students MUST also complete: 1) 1800 hours in a RCVS registered small animal training practice which is spread over years one to three; and 2) the RCVS Nursing Progress Log (NPL).

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

Prior to commencing the course, applicants must have completed in total, at least two weeks recent work experience in a small animal practice. Full details of the work experience including dates, length of time and detailed written references on headed paper from the veterinary practice(s) will need to be submitted. It is advised that students have an up-to-date Tetanus vaccination before the course commences.

Additional entry requirements


Selected applicants will be required to submit a short video presentation and attend an interview either online or by telephone. Applicants will need to successfully complete an interview, before being made an offer for this course.


International applicants: Every year, we welcome students from across the world to our college. Successful completion of these courses will allow you to register with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as a registered veterinary nurse. This allows you to use the post-nominals RVN, and work in the United Kingdom as a registered veterinary nurse. When looking to practice elsewhere in the world, you will need to determine if the UK qualification is accepted directly, or if you would be required to sit additional examinations (either written or practical).

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7250 Year 1
Scotland £7250 Year 1
Wales £7250 Year 1
EU £11950 Year 1
International £11950 Year 1

Additional fee information

WCUC tuition fees are listed per academic year and will remain for the duration of your course. The following course-related costs are included in the tuition fees: Annual £10 printing credit The following course-related costs are not included in the tuition fees: Essential: BSAVA Textbook of Veterinary Nursing (approximately £55) Essential: Black working shoes Optional: International Trip (upto £3,000) Optional: Nursing equipment to include stethoscope and fob watch Additional printing over and above the £10 printing credit Cost of books that you might wish to purchase Cost of electrical equipment such as laptops, notebooks and stationery for your personal use Accommodation and living costs not included in the fees: This information can be obtained from our Accommodation webpage ( Sources of financial support If you receive funding from Student Finance you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be obtained from our HE fees and financial support webpage ( Bursaries WCG also provides bursaries for undergraduate students, for which you may be eligible to apply. You can check your eligibility for these types of financial support, along with their value and application deadlines, at our HE fees and financial support webpage (

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Warwick New Road
Leamington Spa
CV32 5JE

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