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Veterinary medicine with BTEC

Hello I’m doing applied science BTEC level 3 extended diploma at college and my target is a DDD. I have applied to gateaway veterinary courses but I’ve been rejected from them and I’d like to go through clearing or re apply and take a gap year. Has anyone gotten in with BTEC applied science? What advice do you have for me please.


I have got an offer from vet nursing but my heart would hurt to accept that one and give up on my dream of being a vet
Reply 1
Being a vet Is very difficult to get into (I've been rejected from all gateways I applied to). If you are doing BTEC you need to make sure you are doing all the units that the uni vet courses you're applying to have asked for. (You normally have to do more than what your school does - so you have to ask your teachers to add the extra units) I know RVC you can apply twice and I think they seem to reject almost everyone first time round. You can do vet nursing and then apply again to vet med (if you can self fund) or you can take a gap year and reapply. Vet med is extremely competitive and there are zero guarantee as you need to get past the interview stage and most vet med do not go into clearing so I wouldn't use that as a back up option and those that do will have a lot of people going after them.
Rightttt thank you so much for that information. My BTEC applied science do the units that are in the BTEC requirements on the universities websites, so what other courses would I need ?
Reply 3
That would depend on the vet unis that you are applying to, for instance RVC want 5 GCSES at grade C/4 or above.
This is there criteria for BTEC at RVC. If you are unsure you would be best to call or email them directly to ask but most information can be found in the ungrad - vet med - entry requirements.

This is for RVC
Qualifications below are considered on top of existing GCSEs.
Level 3 Extended Diploma (reformed syllabus)
Applied Generals
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science / Applied Science (Biomedical Science): DDM overall with Distinctions in:

Principles and Applications of Science I (90)

Principles and Applications of Science II (120)

Science Investigation Skills or Contemporary Issues in Science (120)

Candidates must also achieve at least Merits in two of the following units:

Applications of Organic Chemistry; Applications of Inorganic Chemistry; Practical Chemical Analysis (120)

In addition:

Applied Science: at least three units from Group A must be taken

Applied Science (Biomedical Science): at least four units from Group A must be taken


Tech Levels
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Animal Management (1080): DDM overall with Distinctions in:

Animal Biology (120)

Practical Skills in Animal Science (60)

Animal Metabolism (60)

Animal Breeding and Genetics (120) or Animal Welfare and Ethics (120) with Merit in the other


City & Guilds Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Animal Management (Science)*: D / DDM overall with Distinctions in:

Biological Systems of Animals

Theory Exam (2)

Synoptic Assessment (1) or (2) with Merit in the other


Level 3 Extended Diploma (unreformed syllabus)
Pearson Animal Management (2010 syllabus) QCF
DDM overall, with Distinctions in:

Fundamentals of Science

Chemistry for Biology Technicians or Understand the Principles of Chemistry for Biological and Medical Science

Understand the Principles of Animal Biology

Understand Animal Anatomy and Physiology

Undertake an investigative project in the land-based sector.

Pearson Applied Science (2010 syllabus) QCF
DDM overall, with Distinctions in:

Genetics and Genetic Engineering

Physiology of Human Body Systems or Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproductions

Using Statistics in Science or Informatics in Science

Two of: Biomedical Science Techniques; Chemical Laboratory Techniques; Chemistry for Biology Technicians

Ohhh that’s a different one, I’m doing the PEARSON BTEC nationals 2016
Reply 5
if you don't meet the requirements you will be rejected and remember you can only apply twice (to RVC) so make sure you give yourself the best possible chance to be accepted. I would call or email them. But if you look at the different unis entry requiments that will give you an idea.

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