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Adults Access to Higher Education (19+)

Access to Higher Education - Veterinary Science

Our Access course in Veterinary Science is a stepping stone to progress to higher education in the bio-veterinary field.

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  • Course Description

    This course is designed to give mature learners (19 years and over) a second chance at education or the opportunity to find their dream job. The course is held at our Cambridge campus in Milton, where Animal Management and Veterinary Nursing programmes have successfully ran for years. The course has been validated with commendations.

    What will I do on this course?

    You will cover topics including:

    • General sciences
    • Veterinary business and law
    • Veterinary environments
    • Animal handling and practical animal skills

    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).

  • Entry Requirements

    You will need:

    • 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English, maths and science. Functional skills qualifications in English and Maths at level 2 are considered equivalent.

    • A minimum of 4 weeks of animal related work experience (preferably with time spent in a veterinary practice). You and your supervisor will be asked to complete a work experience feedback form to evidence this.
  • Course Length

    How long is this course?

    1 year

    When does this course start?


    How many hours / days per week is this course?

    This course is a year long and is likely to be 2 days per week (TBC).

  • Progression Opportunities

    What can I do after this course at CWA?

    The College of West Anglia offers many opportunities to continue studying from entry level through to degrees at University Centre West Anglia. Some of the courses available for those who have successfully completed this course include:

    • FdSc in Veterinary Nursing & Applied Animal Behaviour (Cambridge)
    • BSc in Veterinary Nursing & Applied Animal Behaviour (Cambridge)

    Successful students could also apply to progress elsewhere to study Veterinary Science or Bio-Veterinary Science students.

  • Course Fees
    Age Cost
    19+ £5,100

    Fee information

    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!

    Advanced Learner Loan Information

    Learners with an active Education, Health & Care Plan

    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.

    Please note the information on this page was correct at the time of publication but is subject to change due to factors beyond our control.
  • Additional Information

    What qualification will I achieve?

    Access to Higher Education Diploma in Veterinary Science

    How is my course assessed?

    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.

Starting 06/09/2021



Duration 1 year


Rachel Mason

Veterinary Nursing and Applied Animal Behaviour

“I returned to education following ten years in the utility construction sector. I have previously gained a BSc in Wildlife and Environmental Biology at Anglia Polytechnic University (APU), now known as Anglian Ruskin University (ARU), followed by completing a MSc in Environmental Management for Business at the University of Hertfordshire.”

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