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Hey! i am looking to start an access to HE course with learn direct for veterinary science, as anyone done this before?
Original post by weronika22_
Hey! i am looking to start an access to HE course with learn direct for veterinary science, as anyone done this before?

I have not done this, but I got into vet school via a regular Access to HE Science Diploma at a local college. I'm assuming you hope to apply to study Veterinary Medicine after?
Hopefully it would be fine to do, but can I please stress to you to contact admissions at the vet schools before you enroll on a Learn Direct course? I found in my experience that I needed to undertake the practical lab elements for my diploma to make me eligible for admission onto a veterinary course. This means I had to do an in-person Access Course at a college and Learn Direct wouldn't suffice.

I hope that it's all fine for you, but I would strongly encourage you to contact admissions for each of the vet schools you wish to apply to, and just check that your Learn Direct diploma would be considered. Good luck. :smile:


Edit: I've seen that last year Bristol accepted the course. I would email admissions in advance to check that it will continue to be considered this year. I would also advise you to try to apply to more than one vet school as the odds of getting in are 1 in 10 (or less), so email admissions for some other vet schools too, to see if you can apply to those. :smile:
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Reply 2
Original post by louisvbird
I have not done this, but I got into vet school via a regular Access to HE Science Diploma at a local college. I'm assuming you hope to apply to study Veterinary Medicine after?
Hopefully it would be fine to do, but can I please stress to you to contact admissions at the vet schools before you enroll on a Learn Direct course? I found in my experience that I needed to undertake the practical lab elements for my diploma to make me eligible for admission onto a veterinary course. This means I had to do an in-person Access Course at a college and Learn Direct wouldn't suffice.
I hope that it's all fine for you, but I would strongly encourage you to contact admissions for each of the vet schools you wish to apply to, and just check that your Learn Direct diploma would be considered. Good luck. :smile:
Edit: I've seen that last year Bristol accepted the course. I would email admissions in advance to check that it will continue to be considered this year. I would also advise you to try to apply to more than one vet school as the odds of getting in are 1 in 10 (or less), so email admissions for some other vet schools too, to see if you can apply to those. :smile:

Thank you so much! i definitely will, i have both options of learn direct and a in person college course (which is more expensive and online would suit my work balance) but thank you so much for the advice, i thought there would be little things that will catch me out haha
Original post by weronika22_
Thank you so much! i definitely will, i have both options of learn direct and a in person college course (which is more expensive and online would suit my work balance) but thank you so much for the advice, i thought there would be little things that will catch me out haha

Yeah, the online ones were tempting for me too for the same reasons, and although college is more expensive, it would be more of a waste of money to do an online course that ends up not counting towards vet school haha.

No harm in asking in advance. I hope multiple vet schools are accepting it. Good luck with your vet med journey. :smile:
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Original post by weronika22_
Hey! i am looking to start an access to HE course with learn direct for veterinary science, as anyone done this before?

I’m currently on unit 9
Reply 5
Original post by louisvbird
Yeah, the online ones were tempting for me too for the same reasons, and although college is more expensive, it would be more of a waste of money to do an online course that ends up not counting towards vet school haha.
No harm in asking in advance. I hope multiple vet schools are accepting it. Good luck with your vet med journey. :smile:

they do but you have to get a distinction in every single unit. so you need to put in a lot of leg work and look at previous examples.
Reply 6
Original post by louisvbird
I have not done this, but I got into vet school via a regular Access to HE Science Diploma at a local college. I'm assuming you hope to apply to study Veterinary Medicine after?
Hopefully it would be fine to do, but can I please stress to you to contact admissions at the vet schools before you enroll on a Learn Direct course? I found in my experience that I needed to undertake the practical lab elements for my diploma to make me eligible for admission onto a veterinary course. This means I had to do an in-person Access Course at a college and Learn Direct wouldn't suffice.
I hope that it's all fine for you, but I would strongly encourage you to contact admissions for each of the vet schools you wish to apply to, and just check that your Learn Direct diploma would be considered. Good luck. :smile:
Edit: I've seen that last year Bristol accepted the course. I would email admissions in advance to check that it will continue to be considered this year. I would also advise you to try to apply to more than one vet school as the odds of getting in are 1 in 10 (or less), so email admissions for some other vet schools too, to see if you can apply to those. :smile:

I checked with the vet schools, RVC, Surrey, Liverpool and Nottingham and they do accept Learn Direct. Maybe my background was different, as I had achieved AAA before, including in chemistry and biology (I had to do this because my a-levels are too old), but I got through to the final interviews. The issue is the timing on my side, and they wouldn't issue a predicted grade. Bristol accepts and endorses it, so I would include Bristol in the choices. I cannot stress the benefit of completing most of the course before you submit the application. You need to have a predicted grade, and most vet schools want distinction in every single unit, so if you drop to merit in any unit, you will be ruling yourself out. Obviously, I would have attended a college. However, I am overseas, so this isn't possible. On the note RE practicals, I will include this in my next application.

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