Duration 1 year
Access to Higher EducationAdults Access to Higher Education (19+)
Our Access course in Veterinary Science is your first step in beginning your journey to study as a veterinarian.
This course has been designed and validated by CAVA with input and advice from veterinary schools. The programme has been accepted by a number of veterinary schools in England, including the Royal Veterinary College, Harper / Keele and the University of Surrey, as a route to applying to become a veterinary student.
On the programme students are taught the core science subjects required for entry to vet schools but are also taught subjects that will provide students with knowledge specifically tailored to the role of the vet e.g. veterinary law and the veterinary environment.
The course is held at our Cambridge campus in Milton, where Animal Management and Veterinary Nursing programmes have successfully ran for years.
You will cover topics including:
The College of West Anglia is a longstanding and successful provider of Access to Higher Education courses and understands the challenges which come with retraining or getting back into education. This course will also give you the opportunity to refresh your maths and English skills and help prepare you for higher education with study skills sessions (e.g. research methods, assignment writing techniques and referencing).
You will need:
5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English, maths and science. Functional skills qualifications in English and Maths at level 2 are considered equivalent.
This course is a year long and is likely to be 2 days per week (TBC).
Successful students could apply to progress to study Veterinary Science or Bio-Veterinary Science at degree level.
All our Access to Higher Education courses have a course fee which could be waived if you are aged 19-23 at the start of your course and have not completed a level 3 (or above) course before.
Otherwise, you could also consider applying for the Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of the course. If you complete an Access course and then progress onto and complete a degree (with us or elsewhere), you will not be required to pay back the remaining amount of your Advanced Learner Loan!
Depending on your age, course, educational history and personal circumstances, there may be options available for you to receive a course fully-funded by the government. Our fee calculator will help give you an idea on whether you'll be able to have your course fee waived or covered by an Advanced Learner Loan.
If you are aged 19 - 24 at the start of your course and have an active Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP), any course up to and including level 3 will be fully-funded by the government. This means you will not have a course fee to pay and any equipment considered essential to complete your course will be provided by the college.
Access to Higher Education Diploma in Veterinary Science
Theoretical and practical elements of the course curriculum will be assessed using a variety of methods, including computer based exercises, essays, practical reports, laboratory skills, project reports and seen and unseen examinations.
Duration 1 year