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Aged 20, bad a-levels, and want to study VetMed

Hello! I'm wanting to study VetMed, but im so unsure of how to go about it.

I received BCE (biol, chem, maths), which are fantastic results - no need to tell me... but of course still not good enough for a direct entry to VetMed.

What is the best way to go about this? I was in the middle of doing a foundation year in health sciences, however I received a major knee operation December time which left me unable to drive for 3 months, so I'm unable to pass the year because I did not attend the laboratory sessions. So you can imagine this has screwed me over.

I'm looking at Access to HE courses, a year-long L3 diploma in Agriculture, re-sitting my foundation year (just term 2 though), or possibly re-sitting A-levels (this is my worst case scenario tbh). Does anyone know of any other options? If not, what's the best one?

Thanks a lot!!
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Original post by countymayonnaise
Hello! I'm wanting to study VetMed, but im so unsure of how to go about it.
I received BCE (biol, chem, maths), which are fantastic results - no need to tell me... but of course still not good enough for a direct entry to VetMed.
What is the best way to go about this? I was in the middle of doing a foundation year in health sciences, however I received a major knee operation December time which left me unable to drive for 3 months, so I'm unable to pass the year because I did not attend the laboratory sessions. So you can imagine this has screwed me over.
I'm looking at Access to HE courses, a year-long L3 diploma in Agriculture, re-sitting my foundation year (just term 2 though), or possibly re-sitting A-levels (this is my worst case scenario tbh). Does anyone know of any other options? If not, what's the best one?
Thanks a lot!!

Depending on which unis you are wanting to apply for, and where you are currently based, I’d say access to HE can be a great way! But not all vet schools accept them, and some only accept ones from colleges local to them.

If you are already certain on which uni you want to go to, foundation year (that leads towards vet med, medicine and dentistry) is also good. To be honest I’m not too sure how the different foundation years work, I just know some people who do a med based foundation year at the uni they are wanting to do the degree at, and if they pass the foundation year, they go on to be accepted onto that degree.

I’m probably not the best on advice/opinions for resitting A Levels, but that can be an option for expanding your options for uni applications
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Hiya,

I was in a similar situation to you. I got CD in History and English. I took the Access to Science Diploma and I've now just finished my Third year at Nottingham Vet School (in addition to Prelim year) - but I was only able to do this because I hadn't sat any science subjects at A Level before, so I did not have a record of failing any science subjects, if this makes sense?

Because you've already sat science A Levels, the universities will see that you didn't meet their grade requirements originally, and so might want you to resit rather than take the Access Diploma. The Access Diploma isn't meant to be used by those who couldn't achieve the A Level grades (not saying this is what you're trying to do!), it's meant to be for mature students who aren't qualified at all in the sciences. There's a view that the Access Diploma is 'easier' and so back when I applied (albeit 4-5 years ago) it wasn't allowed to be used as a resit by someone who had failed (or not achieved the correct grades) A Levels.

It still might be possible to do the Access Diploma, but I would strongly advise you to contact the admissions teams from multiple vet schools before enrolling, just to ensure that they would accept this route alongside your previous A Level grades. Be sure to mention your Foundation Year situation too.

If you manage to confirm that you'll be considered either with a resit or with Access, it's kind of up to you which route you go down. Access students are more likely to need to complete a Foundation/Preliminary/Gateway year on top of their vet degree, but Access has less of an exam-based component. However, you need to have great organisational skills in order to keep up with the weekly assignment deadlines. Rather than having big stressful exams throughout the year, you have little exams and assignments due constantly through the year, for more sustained stress haha. So if the vet schools give you a choice, these are all things you can consider and make your own decision. Finances might also come into it, as well as what courses your local colleges offer.

I hope this offers some guidance. In summary, just ask the vet school admissions teams what the best way is for you to meet their requirements, then make your decision based off of that. Good luck in your veterinary journey. Let us know if you need further advice. :smile:
(edited 1 month ago)
Original post by louisvbird
Hiya,
I was in a similar situation to you. I got CD in History and English. I took the Access to Science Diploma and I've now just finished my Third year at Nottingham Vet School (in addition to Prelim year) - but I was only able to do this because I hadn't sat any science subjects at A Level before, so I did not have a record of failing any science subjects, if this makes sense?
Because you've already sat science A Levels, the universities will see that you didn't meet their grade requirements originally, and so might want you to resit rather than take the Access Diploma. The Access Diploma isn't meant to be used by those who couldn't achieve the A Level grades (not saying this is what you're trying to do!), it's meant to be for mature students who aren't qualified at all in the sciences. There's a view that the Access Diploma is 'easier' and so back when I applied (albeit 4-5 years ago) it wasn't allowed to be used as a resit by someone who had failed (or not achieved the correct grades) A Levels.
It still might be possible to do the Access Diploma, but I would strongly advise you to contact the admissions teams from multiple vet schools before enrolling, just to ensure that they would accept this route alongside your previous A Level grades. Be sure to mention your Foundation Year situation too.
If you manage to confirm that you'll be considered either with a resit or with Access, it's kind of up to you which route you go down. Access students are more likely to need to complete a Foundation/Preliminary/Gateway year on top of their vet degree, but Access has less of an exam-based component. However, you need to have great organisational skills in order to keep up with the weekly assignment deadlines. Rather than having big stressful exams throughout the year, you have little exams and assignments due constantly through the year, for more sustained stress haha. So if the vet schools give you a choice, these are all things you can consider and make your own decision. Finances might also come into it, as well as what courses your local colleges offer.
I hope this offers some guidance. In summary, just ask the vet school admissions teams what the best way is for you to meet their requirements, then make your decision based off of that. Good luck in your veterinary journey. Let us know if you need further advice. :smile:

Did you as a home student have to pay international fees for the prelim year? 😭
Original post by sillyvetnurse123
Did you as a home student have to pay international fees for the prelim year? 😭

Huh? No? If you're a home student you pay home fees every year.

Sorry if I'm missing something, I don't quite understand the question.
(edited 2 weeks ago)
Original post by louisvbird
Huh? No? If you're a home student you pay home fees every year.
Sorry if I'm missing something, I don't quite understand the question.

I read on the website under the fees page that the international fee is applied if you do the prelim year and then you pay home fee for the remaining years. Maybe I understood wrong but that’s what I thought, maybe you could double check for me? I was really shocked when I read it
Original post by Sillyvetnurse123
I read on the website under the fees page that the international fee is applied if you do the prelim year and then you pay home fee for the remaining years. Maybe I understood wrong but that’s what I thought, maybe you could double check for me? I was really shocked when I read it

Ah. It means for International Students, the Prelim year is £30,750, but after the Prelim year, the rate is £38,400. For all Home Students, the tuition fee is £9,250 only, all years of the course.

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