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I was wondering, what’s the minimum requirements you need for GCSEs to get into Vet School? I’ve been trying to look online but each website says something different?

Also, would you say A-Levels are more important than GCSEs or do they measure the same?

Thank you.
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Hi!
I was wondering, what’s the minimum requirements you need for GCSEs to get into Vet School? I’ve been trying to look online but each website says something different?

Also, would you say A-Levels are more important than GCSEs or do they measure the same?

Thank you.
All vet schools are different for GCSE and a level requirements. You just need to find it on the unis website. A levels are more important than GCSEs as that’s what they consider when u apply. GCSE are a good indication how you’ll do but a levels are what you’re accepted upon.
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Hi!
I was wondering, what’s the minimum requirements you need for GCSEs to get into Vet School? I’ve been trying to look online but each website says something different?

Also, would you say A-Levels are more important than GCSEs or do they measure the same?

Thank you.
You need to acheive the required GCSE and A level grades but as long as you do that it is work experience, personal attributes and interview performance that matter most. Exams are just a means to an end.
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Ultimately your A Levels will form part of the basis on the offer you receive (if you are lucky enough to get an offer) however grades are non negotiable if u don’t have the grades (GCSE or A Level) you won’t get in
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Ultimately your A Levels will form part of the basis on the offer you receive (if you are lucky enough to get an offer) however grades are non negotiable if u don’t have the grades (GCSE or A Level) you won’t get in
Not necessarily - I don't have the GCSE requirements but I'm a fourth year

Would advise you try get the highest grades possible as it will make your application stronger - and you can only miss a grade or two at GCSE and get away with it, much more than that and you will very likely be rejected. But if you are close to the requirements you have nothing to lose by applying don't just assume rejection until it happens

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Not necessarily - I don't have the GCSE requirements but I'm a fourth year

Would advise you try get the highest grades possible as it will make your application stronger - and you can only miss a grade or two at GCSE and get away with it, much more than that and you will very likely be rejected. But if you are close to the requirements you have nothing to lose by applying don't just assume rejection until it happens

Good luck
I would say you’ve got a lot to loose if you apply with grades below the ones specified by the uni. If you don’t meet the requirements they are likely to reject you even before the interview and you’d be wasting a UCAS application space. You could apply to a different uni and have a higher chance of getting in. I’m not saying you shouldn’t apply if you one grade below in one subject but if the uni requires all 6/7 when you have all 4/5 you’ll get rejected. If u have a mixture then it’ll be okay but if your below in everything the don’t waste a UCAS choice. Good luck
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I would say you’ve got a lot to loose if you apply with grades below the ones specified by the uni. If you don’t meet the requirements they are likely to reject you even before the interview and you’d be wasting a UCAS application space. You could apply to a different uni and have a higher chance of getting in. I’m not saying you shouldn’t apply if you one grade below in one subject but if the uni requires all 6/7 when you have all 4/5 you’ll get rejected. If u have a mixture then it’ll be okay but if your below in everything the don’t waste a UCAS choice. Good luck
I was speaking as someone who is in vet school - I didn't have the GCSE requirements and got 3 offers, go figure
If vet is what you want to do and you are close to the entry requirements you have nothing to lose by applying
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I think ultimately it's all a balance - you need to meet the requirements for grades and have good work experience, personal attributes etc.

If you apply with your A Level grades in hand (i.e. after you have done the exams) and these grades are good, then you may be able to get away with one or two slip-ups at GCSE, so in that way, A Level grades may be slightly more important than GCSEs. But it's important that overall you work hard and try your best to do yourself justice in all your exams If you are applying with A Level predicted grades (i.e. before you do the exams, so applying in your final year of school) and your GCSE grades are not great, the vet schools may be less inclined to offer you an interview/place because you might not be showing the academic abilities they look for.

The first layers of the selection process are likely to be about meeting basic requirements for grades, work experience weeks and species etc. Once you get past this stage, towards interviews, they often start looking more at the candidate as a whole person, evaluating their suitability in areas outside of purely academic fields.

In order to understand what is required of you, you should check the websites for the different vet schools. Their requirements as listed there are likely to be the most up-to-date. If you still have questions after that then you can always get in touch with the admissions departments by call or email and see what they say.

Good luck with your application! Hope this helps and feel free to message me if you have any more questions xx
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