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    Hey,
    I managed to finish Sixth Form in June with C's in Biology, Chemistry & Physics and desperately want to be a vet.
    Because of my grades, It's looking like I can't just apply normally because I'll never get in. So I was wondering if anyone on here knows of any other routes that I could take to get into veterinary medicine, seeing as connexions don't really seem to know what they're on about.
    I was thinking maybe graduate entry with a Bachelors in Science or Biology or something?
    Hope you guys can help.
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    (Original post by Zebraman)
    Hey,
    I managed to finish Sixth Form in June with C's in Biology, Chemistry & Physics and desperately want to be a vet.
    Because of my grades, It's looking like I can't just apply normally because I'll never get in. So I was wondering if anyone on here knows of any other routes that I could take to get into veterinary medicine, seeing as connexions don't really seem to know what they're on about.
    I was thinking maybe graduate entry with a Bachelors in Science or Biology or something?
    Hope you guys can help.
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    I got BBC at A level and did a zoology degree and have got into edinburgh so far so it is possible just very expensive! It is certainly possible, but you could also try re-sitting the a levels to get AAA?
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    I'm taking a 3rd year of sixth form (for different reasons) so it is possible to extend your studies which might be the easiest option for you. How did you perform at your ASes??

    You can do the graduate route, but this is often competitive and it is also worth thinking about whether you can afford to pay full-price for tuition fees, and to find out from each vet school what those figures might be.
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    Because of the massive graduate fees/ huge competition you certainly need to think about resitting your A Levels and then applying....I resat my physics A Level in my gap year then got an offer....the other option is to look at the RVC gateway programme etc if you are eligible :yep:
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    even with graduate entry, they still look at your a-level grades and i don't think you'd meet the minimum requirements with those grades (you'd have to check with the unis) so it would definitely be worth resitting.

    applying as a graduate will be very expensive or limit your choices to the 'cheap' universities (of which there may not be any if fees increase!) so you should at least have a shot at it as an undergraduate! good luck
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    (Original post by schizopear)
    even with graduate entry, they still look at your a-level grades and i don't think you'd meet the minimum requirements with those grades (you'd have to check with the unis) so it would definitely be worth resitting.
    This was definitely true about 10 yrs ago when I graduated with my BSc and was looking at applying to vet school. I got a 2.i in my degree, in Animal Science....lots of biochemistry modules but Liverpool (and probably others, can't remember) insisted on an "A" in A level chemistry (I only got a C but TBH it hasn't caused any problems since I started vetmed!) as well as my degree :confused:

    As a graduate it seems (from reading posts on here!) that everyone gets an offer from Edinburgh....but given that their fees are something insane like 20,000 pounds per year (=100 grand for the degree!!), I don't think that many people can accept it

    Resitting sounds like a good idea
    Good luck
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    I was applying as a graduate with a science degree and the cheaper unis, RVC and Notts, werent happy with my highers and wanted me to go do another one and i had AAABB and a 2.1 in immunology. So there actually isnt any other way than to get good grades from school first, no matter what you do they look at them anyway. The more expensive unis are a bit more lax i think, but unless you've got a spare £100,000 floating around...i knew i couldnt have even looked at going there.

    You could always try abroad, my uni in slovakia is £6000 a year and you could do it in 6 years. Or go in as a grad and do it in 4 years, which is what i did, thats a pretty long route though if you know straight off you want to be a vet
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    look seriously into re-taking, and access courses because you dont want to be paying near 20,000 a year to become a vet. it will also be quicker in the long run.
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    Hey,
    Thanks for the great response!
    My AS's weren't brilliant, I'm not too sure what they were but it was a really bad year for me academically so that's kind of my downfall.
    I'm considering the idea of resitting but I'm not sure about how I'd go about that, would I be able to do it independently or would it be worth going through a college? I also heard that resitting my a-levels would show up on my application so it wouldn't actually change my situation, do any of you guys know if this is true?
    My family are also immigrating to Canada soon, so I was thinking about seeing if the requirements over there are any different...
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    some of the universities don't mind resits but expect you to achieve an A the second time around, e.g. RVC and nottingham. i don't think glasgow allow resits though... i'm a graduate applicant currently resitting biology (got a B last time...) and i've checked with both RVC and nottingham about this but you'd have to ask the others for yourself

    as for whether to do it independently or through a college, you'd have to consider two things:
    firstly, finance! can you afford college fees? i pay £1000+ a year for my a-levels as a mature student (still cheaper for you to retake your a-levels than apply as a graduate!)
    second, whether you think you'd be successful as an independent student. if you don't think you could pull your grades up by yourself then retaking through an extra year at college could be money well spent!

    good luck
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    My sixth form college allowed me to stay on for an extra year for free despite having 3 a levels at A*AA already (since at the start of the year I was under 19). I'm now only studying A2 chem and picked up another AS to fill up my hours so the council funds me as a "full time" student. I talked to another sixth form and they said they were happy to take me too as I was thinking of moving. Many others have repeated a whole year of 12 or 13 in order to improve their AS/A2 results for free at my college. It's worth you looking around and asking local colleges, explaining your situation and determination.
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    (Original post by Zebraman)
    Hey,
    Thanks for the great response!
    My AS's weren't brilliant, I'm not too sure what they were but it was a really bad year for me academically so that's kind of my downfall.
    I'm considering the idea of resitting but I'm not sure about how I'd go about that, would I be able to do it independently or would it be worth going through a college? I also heard that resitting my a-levels would show up on my application so it wouldn't actually change my situation, do any of you guys know if this is true?
    My family are also immigrating to Canada soon, so I was thinking about seeing if the requirements over there are any different...
    I looked into canada, the situation over there is entirely different. Medicine and Vet medicine require candidates to have a previous degree, so a lot of people do the pre-med degree or any other science, but it's still 3 years i think, and THEN you apply to vet med. I was looking into it cos i was already a grad and i worked in canada for a while before. When i was living there i knew a guy who was 26 and had only just finally got into medicine after doing the pre-med thing. Also, you say you're emigrating, does that give you citizenship? because otherwise you'll be paying international fees, which are the same as here, so work out £20,000 a year, possibly more.
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    (Original post by schizopear)
    Some of the universities don't mind resits but expect you to achieve an A the second time around
    You say the second time around, does it have to be literally the second, or is it just so long as you get there in the end because I already resat a few modules during Sixth Form .
    I would probably study Independently , I don't think I could afford college and I'm not sure if I could go back for free because I was 19 in September. It suits me to go independent anyway, as College/Sixth Form has too many distractions.

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    Look seriously into re-taking, and access courses
    Access courses sound interesting, are they the same thing as the pre-vet programs held by Bristol ect?

    (Original post by tigercallie)
    I looked into canada, the situation over there is entirely different. Medicine and Vet medicine require candidates to have a previous degree, so a lot of people do the pre-med degree or any other science, but it's still 3 years i think, and THEN you apply to vet med. I was looking into it cos i was already a grad and i worked in canada for a while before. When i was living there i knew a guy who was 26 and had only just finally got into medicine after doing the pre-med thing. Also, you say you're emigrating, does that give you citizenship? because otherwise you'll be paying international fees, which are the same as here, so work out £20,000 a year, possibly more.
    When my family go to Canada we will be going with permanent residency (so long as everything goes ok!) I think that means I can get away with internal fees in some universities so it's a case of looking around and asking people.
    I would be happy to study Canadian style (pre-vet first) so long as I get to where I want to be at the end. Also, the pre-vet scheme gives the impression that you don't need straight A/A* A-levels to become a vet, but that might just be my interpretation.

    Thanks for all your help
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    I am originally from Canada, and came here as a GEP student. While I don't really understand the A levels and all that, I know at least one student in my class that specifically did an undergrad degree because she didn't get in as a school leaver (I think that is the term?). She did her degree in biochem, and as I said, is now a student at R(D)SVS. However the concerns about financing the degree are very real; she has really struggled for funding-last year it was 20,900 pounds I think. That does not include costs of living, equipment costs, transportation, etc.

    As for studying in Canada, they don't actually require you to have a degree, or at least not unless it is different for International applicants. They DO require you to have x number of full-time semesters university under your belt (I think Guelph is 5, might be 6 by now) so almost a full degree, but not quite. It is quite competitive-15 seats are offered, and last year I see that 140 people applied, 22 of which were interviewed and 10 admitted. For Guelph, you also have to write the MCAT if you are an Ontario resident, or the GRE if you are not, and there are certain courses/types of courses you MUST take-aka you can't just take 5 semesters of whatever courses you want. I am focusing on Guelph as I'm an Ontario resident, but the schools out west and out east, or for that matter if you speak French the school in Quebec, are also excellent, I am just less familiar with their admission requirements as as an Ontario resident, I wasn't able to apply to them (you can only apply to vet school(s) in your region). International student fees in Canada aren't cheap, either-though I don't think they are "as bad" as here (but don't remember). Admission averages tend to be quite high-in the low-mid 80s (though to be fair, it is much easier to get an 80% in Canada than here, or so I've been told/am learning. ).

    Good luck either way!
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    The edinburgh fees are £23,500 for 2011 entry, per year for the 4 year GEP course = £94,000!!!!!!!!
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    (Original post by Zebraman)
    You say the second time around, does it have to be literally the second, or is it just so long as you get there in the end because I already resat a few modules during Sixth Form .
    I would probably study Independently , I don't think I could afford college and I'm not sure if I could go back for free because I was 19 in September. It suits me to go independent anyway, as College/Sixth Form has too many distractions.
    hmmm, nottingham say they only accept one resit...

    We accept resists. We allow ONE re-sit per module or for the A2 overall. We do not disadvantage any applicant who has re-sat. We would expect an A on any 2nd attempt.
    you'd have to check with the other unis, i'm resitting the whole a-level but haven't resat any modules before so its not something i've asked about personally.

    sorry, i can't really help you there!
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    I know this is a little off-topic, but I have a question too, about GCSE resits.
    OK, the situation: I am a straight-A student in every subject except maths. It just is not my subject. I mean, I'm OK at it and I understand most of it, but at my school only the top set are doing Higher Tier, and as I'm in Set 2 (one down from the top) we all have to do Foundation. The problem: the highest you can get, at Foundation, is a C.
    My teacher has assured me I'll easily get a C, but I know most people will have A/A*s. So I asked my teacher if there was any way of resitting to try and get even just a B (the exam's due in May, I'm in Y10) and he said I could, at Sixth Form.

    Basically, I was just wondering if anyone knew whether the uni's took into account GCSE resits, or just A-Level? I am slightly panicking as I know to get in you have to be good at maths.

    Thanks for any help.
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    (Original post by ~*Holly*~)
    I know this is a little off-topic, but I have a question too, about GCSE resits.
    OK, the situation: I am a straight-A student in every subject except maths. It just is not my subject. I mean, I'm OK at it and I understand most of it, but at my school only the top set are doing Higher Tier, and as I'm in Set 2 (one down from the top) we all have to do Foundation. The problem: the highest you can get, at Foundation, is a C.
    My teacher has assured me I'll easily get a C, but I know most people will have A/A*s. So I asked my teacher if there was any way of resitting to try and get even just a B (the exam's due in May, I'm in Y10) and he said I could, at Sixth Form.

    Basically, I was just wondering if anyone knew whether the uni's took into account GCSE resits, or just A-Level? I am slightly panicking as I know to get in you have to be good at maths.

    Thanks for any help.
    I would do all you can to ask to move to the top set so you can do higher tier. Don't take no for an answer. That's a pretty **** rule! Talk about stopping people reach their potential!!! Sounds like they are making their own lives easier by teaching the lower sets less syllabus.
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    (Original post by ~*Holly*~)
    I know this is a little off-topic, but I have a question too, about GCSE resits.
    OK, the situation: I am a straight-A student in every subject except maths. It just is not my subject. I mean, I'm OK at it and I understand most of it, but at my school only the top set are doing Higher Tier, and as I'm in Set 2 (one down from the top) we all have to do Foundation. The problem: the highest you can get, at Foundation, is a C.
    My teacher has assured me I'll easily get a C, but I know most people will have A/A*s. So I asked my teacher if there was any way of resitting to try and get even just a B (the exam's due in May, I'm in Y10) and he said I could, at Sixth Form.

    Basically, I was just wondering if anyone knew whether the uni's took into account GCSE resits, or just A-Level? I am slightly panicking as I know to get in you have to be good at maths.

    Thanks for any help.

    You would have to state you were resitting, but if your other subjects were strong I don't think it would matter as much perhaps email the different unis and ask?
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    (Original post by Zebraman)
    Hey,
    I managed to finish Sixth Form in June with C's in Biology, Chemistry & Physics and desperately want to be a vet.
    Resit any modules that you did particularly bad in and if necessary get some tuition - then reapply.

    I was thinking maybe graduate entry with a Bachelors in Science or Biology or something?
    That's incredibly expensive (potentially £100,000+) as you have to pay graduate fees plus there's 3-4 years of lost earnings, very time consuming (8-9 years studying at the very least) and it's still very competitive.

    (Original post by Zebraman)
    It suits me to go independent anyway, as College/Sixth Form has too many distractions.
    The problem is that if you struggled to get the grades first time round with the support and resources a school/college has to offer it's going to be even harder without someone pushing you, setting deadlines, etc. I've been in a similar situation and believe me, it's incredibly hard to stay motivated and continue to work through the syllabus without getting distracted by things like paid work, socialising, etc.

    Going back to college may sound expensive but a couple of grand for a year is nothing compared to paying graduate fees and it's a wise investment if it's something you genuinely want to do for the next 30+ years.

    Access courses sound interesting, are they the same thing as the pre-vet programs held by Bristol ect?
    Look into it but from what I understand the course is limited to people who have the wrong subject combination and/or don't have A-levels rather than people who sat the relevant A-levels and underperformed. Similarly there are often other restrictions for these types of courses (ie; working class background, parents aren't graduates, etc).

    And lastly they're incredibly competitive and even if you do get on them it doesn't guarantee you access onto the BVSc course.
 
 
 
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