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gateway courses Vet Med

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I've just heard I can apply to gateway courses in some unis, and I wanted to know more about it as it sounds good to me. Can I apply to gateway vet med at the same time as applying to 5 other unis or do I need to give up one? also is it just simply studying for 6 years or do I need to do an extra exam?
Original post by seleneee
Hi
I've just heard I can apply to gateway courses in some unis, and I wanted to know more about it as it sounds good to me. Can I apply to gateway vet med at the same time as applying to 5 other unis or do I need to give up one? also is it just simply studying for 6 years or do I need to do an extra exam?
Some uni’s may advise you can use a gateway as a 5th choice, but UCAS have advised that it cannot be used as a 5th choice - and it’s their decision. However, you can use vet bioscience or animal science etc as a 5th choice.

Gateway courses are good, as it gets you into the uni and transferring on to year 1 is fairly easy (imo). But they’re highly competitive. I’m at Harper currently doing the Access to Vet Med as my RVN diploma wasnt accepted. But there are 10 places on this course, and 10 at Keele’s foundation course.

UoN prelim is 20 places. RVC is a bit larger at 50-70 (I give such a range as I’m not sure on the exact number as I had no interest in relocating). Liverpool’s foundation year has particular requirements that you have to have been out of education, so I’m guessing you wouldn’t meet the criteria. Unsure of UCLan and Bristols foundation year cohort size. H&K and UCLan require you to sit the MMI’s but you have a place reserved so you’re not competing against external candidates. In HK case, it’s because foundation interview is separate to the 5 year interviews. Whereas RVC & UoN will count one interview for both 6 and 5 year course.

For the foundation year, each course will be different. But for Harper, we have assessments throughout the year including an end of year exam.

If you meet the requirement for a typical 5 year then just apply to them as probability wise, you stand a greater chance of getting a place on a course with a larger cohort (I.e 150 places on a 5 year course Vs 20 places on a 6 year course - UoN). If you miss the requirement by a grade or a qualification, then just resit it and apply for the 5 year too
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Original post by oliviaparisx
Some uni’s may advise you can use a gateway as a 5th choice, but UCAS have advised that it cannot be used as a 5th choice - and it’s their decision. However, you can use vet bioscience or animal science etc as a 5th choice.
Gateway courses are good, as it gets you into the uni and transferring on to year 1 is fairly easy (imo). But they’re highly competitive. I’m at Harper currently doing the Access to Vet Med as my RVN diploma wasnt accepted. But there are 10 places on this course, and 10 at Keele’s foundation course.
UoN prelim is 20 places. RVC is a bit larger at 50-70 (I give such a range as I’m not sure on the exact number as I had no interest in relocating). Liverpool’s foundation year has particular requirements that you have to have been out of education, so I’m guessing you wouldn’t meet the criteria. Unsure of UCLan and Bristols foundation year cohort size. H&K and UCLan require you to sit the MMI’s but you have a place reserved so you’re not competing against external candidates. In HK case, it’s because foundation interview is separate to the 5 year interviews. Whereas RVC & UoN will count one interview for both 6 and 5 year course.
For the foundation year, each course will be different. But for Harper, we have assessments throughout the year including an end of year exam.
If you meet the requirement for a typical 5 year then just apply to them as probability wise, you stand a greater chance of getting a place on a course with a larger cohort (I.e 150 places on a 5 year course Vs 20 places on a 6 year course - UoN). If you miss the requirement by a grade or a qualification, then just resit it and apply for the 5 year too

yeah I dont think I can get into most of the gateway courses as I am not from the UK (think rvc or bristol only accepts uk students) and they are more competitive. I would just try hard to get accepted to the 5 year courses, thank you for your answer!

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