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I am in year 11 and going to be sitting my gcses in may/june time. At the moment my plan is to go to college and do btec level 3 extended diploma in animal management instead of a levels as I am not keen in doing a levels at my current school and believe I have left it too late to apply anywhere else. i also would much rather just go straight into the practicality of the course too. My dream has always been to be a vet but I am worried I will not be looked twice at through university applications if I have this course instead of a levels in chemistry and biology. i know the rvc accept this qualification but they recieve thousands of applications for their course so I am worried this will not stand out. I have not seen any others that will even consider this for veterinary medicine but I have a back up of veterinary nursing as I know a few universities will accept me for that course but it is not my dream but is a strong second option.
Would the btec course be closing too many options for me to apply for a veterinary medicine course or can I do anything else that will help me stand out more when applying with this qualification? Any help and answers is greatly appreciated. thanks.


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I think it depends where you apply, obviously a lot of places will want Biology/Chem like you said but there are other options, you could always do a foundation year?

Or look at similar courses in that are, for example at Surrey to do Veterinary Medicine you need D*DD + Chemistry grade A, but for Veterinary BioScience they require DDD in either Animal Management or Applied Science no A level Chemistry needed
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(Original post by 10chapmanj)


Hi,
I am in year 11 and going to be sitting my gcses in may/june time. At the moment my plan is to go to college and do btec level 3 extended diploma in animal management instead of a levels as I am not keen in doing a levels at my current school and believe I have left it too late to apply anywhere else. i also would much rather just go straight into the practicality of the course too. My dream has always been to be a vet but I am worried I will not be looked twice at through university applications if I have this course instead of a levels in chemistry and biology. i know the rvc accept this qualification but they recieve thousands of applications for their course so I am worried this will not stand out. I have not seen any others that will even consider this for veterinary medicine but I have a back up of veterinary nursing as I know a few universities will accept me for that course but it is not my dream but is a strong second option.
Would the btec course be closing too many options for me to apply for a veterinary medicine course or can I do anything else that will help me stand out more when applying with this qualification? Any help and answers is greatly appreciated. thanks.


The traditional route of doing a levels will keep most doors open to what is a VERY competitive course. Hinging your bets on just one vet school is risky although you might get in. If they unis don't accept this qualification then nothing you do will make you 'stand out' - they simply won't accept you without the qualifications AND the minimum grades they want. There are some foundation courses (at Liverpool, RVC, Notts I think) BUT you need to meet their other requirements too - check if they are an option for you or not.

I would also point out that the vet degree is HEAVILY theory based - there is a lot to learn and not all of it will be practical. The syllabus has changed at Liverpool since I started to become more practical based from year one, but I spent 3.5 yrs in a lecture theatre (not to mention the countless hours studying at home) with the next 1.5 yrs being spent in the animal hospitals on rotations.

I personally wouldn't apply for vet nursing unless this is what you really want to do. It's a tough job with unsociable hours as well and people who aren't 100% committed to being a vet nurse ultimately change their career path. Vet & vet nursing aren't the only animal related careers though!

So yes, I think you are limiting your options quite a bit by doing BTECs. If you are academically able and can work hard to get As at A level then that is the preferred choice to keep all your options open.
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Hi, just wondering what u decided to do and how u are getting on. I am planning to study the level 3 extended diploma in animal management as I'm not keen on carrying on at school to do a levels.
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Hi,
I am in year 11 and going to be sitting my gcses in may/june time. At the moment my plan is to go to college and do btec level 3 extended diploma in animal management instead of a levels as I am not keen in doing a levels at my current school and believe I have left it too late to apply anywhere else. i also would much rather just go straight into the practicality of the course too. My dream has always been to be a vet but I am worried I will not be looked twice at through university applications if I have this course instead of a levels in chemistry and biology. i know the rvc accept this qualification but they recieve thousands of applications for their course so I am worried this will not stand out. I have not seen any others that will even consider this for veterinary medicine but I have a back up of veterinary nursing as I know a few universities will accept me for that course but it is not my dream but is a strong second option.
Would the btec course be closing too many options for me to apply for a veterinary medicine course or can I do anything else that will help me stand out more when applying with this qualification? Any help and answers is greatly appreciated. thanks.


I did a BTEC national diploma in animal management and I'm at vet school now. I'm not sure if the BTEC has changed since I did it but Nottingham, Liverpool and RVC accepted it when I applied several years ago.


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Thank u for your reply. I was worrying that the diploma would be seen as a lesser qualification than a levels so it's reassuring to hear from someone who has secured a place at vet school. I'm hoping to go to RVC to do veterinary nursing degree.
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Thank u for your reply. I was worrying that the diploma would be seen as a lesser qualification than a levels so it's reassuring to hear from someone who has secured a place at vet school. I'm hoping to go to RVC to do veterinary nursing degree.
Oh it's definitely fine for vet nursing, I have a friend who went on to do nursing at Harper Adams and she's a RVN now


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where are you based if you dont mind me asking, because you should look into Askham Bryan you might find a BTEC course on there, they specialise in this sort of stuff and they are so great if you were to ring them and just say what it is you want to do they will point you in the right direction. whether its with them or if they know another provider.
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Hi there. Just reading this as my daughter is considering doing btec extended diploma in animal management instead of a levels. What are you studying at uni? She ultimately wants to go on to university to study Animal Science. Thanks for your time.
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Hi there. Just reading this as my daughter is considering doing btec extended diploma in animal management instead of a levels. What are you studying at uni? She ultimately wants to go on to university to study Animal Science. Thanks for your time.
These responses are for veterinary medicine D100 course, your course is ucas code C300
I believe these typically want a set number of tariff points over specific grades but you would need to research this further
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Ok great. Thanks for clarifying. Thought I’d just replied to a post about Animal Management. Mum error.
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