Veterinary Nursing Science at University Centre Sparsholt - UCAS

Veterinary Nursing Science

University Centre Sparsholt

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Portsmouth

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  • Three year full-time programme includes LANTRA Veterinary Nursing Occupational Standards
  • Combine 1,800 hours of work placements with college study to gain practical skills and underpinning theory
  • Gain realistic experience in our purpose built Veterinary Nursing Centre equipped to represent a contemporary veterinary practice
  • Excellent rate of graduate employment
What will I learn? The programme has a firm science foundation, including the specialist nursing, behaviour and research skills needed to develop industry-relevant knowledge. You will also gain valuable industry insight through visits, guest speakers and work placements. You will learn through a combination of lectures, laboratory sessions, practical work in veterinary practice along with guided and independent work. You will have the opportunity (subject to demand) to participate in animal training and behaviour and large animal handling. A study tour is also available to South Africa or Costa Rica in the third year of the programme. Where can I go from here? After successfully completing the course and 1,800 hours of work placement, you can register as a Veterinary Nurse (subject to ‘fitness to practice’ guidelines of the RCVS). You could also continue study on the final year of a relevant BSc (Hons) programme such as the BSc (Hons) Animal Management, BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Behaviour or BSc (Hons) Zoo Biology Top-ups offered at University Centre Sparsholt. Sparsholt graduates are employed in small animal practice, equine practice and referral hospitals and have the skills needed to work in research, the pharmaceutical industry, laboratories, zoological/wildlife parks and in education.

Course details


YEAR 1 • Functional Anatomy • Analytical and Diagnostic Techniques • Animal Husbandry, Inheritance and Disease • Practice Organisation and Personal Development Planning • Principles of Veterinary Nursing • Work Practice 1a YEAR 2 • Surgical Theatre Practice and Anaesthesia • Applied Industrial Research • Diagnostic Imaging • Application of Veterinary Nursing Care • Pharmacology • Animal Behaviour • Recent Advances in Animal Health • Veterinary Nursing Work Practice

Assessment method

Assessment is through a combination of coursework, including laboratory investigations, assignments and presentations and, for the elements of the Professional Syllabus, closed book examinations. Whilst on placement you will also complete a Nursing Progress Log to evidence practical competencies and on your return to college you will undertake a practical clinical examination.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Veterinary Surgeons, Royal College of

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

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How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Course codeD311
Institution code S34
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We welcome applications from international students. For further details on the English language requirements, visa requirements and student life, please see our website

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level CCE Three 'A' Level passes including two at grade C or above. One 'A' level grade C should be in a life science.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM We also accept the following City & Guilds Diploma: • C&G Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (1080) - DMM in a relevant pathway; • C&G Extended Diploma - Merit with 6 units at Distinction
Access to HE Diploma M: 45 credits A merit profile in a relevant Access course with 45 credits at level 3, with Science units at Merit.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 25 points 25 points with HL Biology at 4. good grades in MYP English, Maths and Science.

Plus five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including Maths, English and Science.

Additional entry requirements



Two weeks' work experience in a veterinary surgery.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)66.0 overall, with a minimum 5.5 in any band
PTE Academic61
Cambridge English AdvancedBScore 169-175 (FCE grade B; CAE level B2)

We will also accept the following qualifications from EU students: GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or above; IGCSE English (as a first or second language) at grade C/4 or above; AS or A level English Language or English Literature; International Baccalaureate (English A or B syllabus or English Literature Standard or Higher level) grade 4.

Further information

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6600 Year 1
Scotland £6600 Year 1
Wales £6600 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6600 Year 1
EU £6600 Year 1
International £7100 Year 1
Channel Islands £7100 Year 1

Additional fee information

+ Printing posters: £30- £50 + Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), eg VN uniform, lab coat and animal handling attire: £130 + Optional overseas study tour*: £2,000 *The cost of RCVS registration and compulsory trips and visits that link directly to assessment are covered by the tuition fees

Sponsorship information

Sparsholt offers a College Bursary of up to £750 per annum to all eligible students and an Aim Higher Bursary to £1200 to all students progressing from a Sparsholt Level 3 course to a FdSc or BSc. Degree students can also apply for a grant to help cover non-travel costs associated with dissertations/ research projects, and subscriptions. For further details please see our website

Veterinary Nursing Science at University Centre Sparsholt - UCAS