University Centre Sparsholt has opted into the TEF and received a Gold award.
WHY CHOOSE THIS DEGREE?
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.
• Functional Anatomy
• Analytical and Diagnostic Techniques
• Animal Husbandry, Inheritance and Disease
• Practice Organisation and Personal Development Planning
• Principles of Veterinary Nursing
• Work Practice 1a
• Surgical Theatre Practice and Anaesthesia
• Applied Industrial Research
• Diagnostic Imaging
• Application of Veterinary Nursing Care
• Animal Behaviour
• Recent Advances in Animal Health
• Veterinary Nursing Work Practice
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.
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
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
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This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
We welcome applications from international students. For further details on the English language requirements, visa requirements and student life, please see our website https://www.sparsholt.ac.uk/international/.
|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
|Cambridge English Advanced||B||Score 169-175 (FCE grade B; CAE level B2)|
|IELTS (Academic)||6.0||6.0 overall, with a minimum 5.5 in any band|
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.
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£7,500||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£6,600||Year 1|
Additional fee 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 https://www.sparsholt.ac.uk/university-centre/fees-and-funding/.