Access to Higher Education Veterinary Science/Animal Science

Starts: September
Duration: 1 year full-time
Level: 3
Available at: Enfield

If you have any questions about this course, please call us on 0303 003 1234 or email Claire Haley.

Working with animals is a hugely rewarding career choice and there are a large variety of careers choices in veterinary medicine, animal management, welfare and veterinary sciences. Being qualified to degree level increases the options available to you. If it has been sometime since you have studied, this qualification can really give you the confidence and study skills to be able to take on a full degree.

Our Access to HE Diploma in Veterinary Science is designed to give you the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to study for a degree in veterinary medicine or veterinary science, animal management or any animal related science such as zoology or animal behaviour.

Your course will develop:

  • your understanding and knowledge of chemistry and biology
  • practical laboratory skills in chemistry and biochemistry
  • scientific research skills and academic writing
  • your practical animal skills including health checks, management plans and dispensing medication
  • your understanding of veterinary law

It will also enable you to refresh your literacy, numeracy, computer and science knowledge and skills, providing you with the necessary research skills and subject-specific grounding to succeed in your chosen land-based degree at university.

The course is a one year course, with a commitment of two days study at College and one day a week self-directed study.

Entry requirements
There are no formal qualifications required but ideally you will have relevant experience gained in a professional working environment and related qualifications, although a desire and enthusiasm for life-long learning and ability to study independently are equally as important. We recommend that applicants have a GCSE grade C (or above) in English Language, Maths and Science

If you are considering a career in Veterinary Medicine or Veterinary Nursing then you will need to check the exact requirements for the different veterinary schools. RVC, University of Surrey and Bristol University all require specific work experience before the UCAS deadline in autumn 2018.

What next after your course?
Successful completion of this course will enable you to progress to:

  • University to study Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Science or Veterinary Nursing
  • Higher Education, to study for a degree in a wide variety of land-based subjects including zoology, animal biology and animal science
  • Employment in a range of animal management and science careers

For more information about Access to Higher Education Diplomas go to

Cambridge Access Validating Agency (CAVA)

Advanced Learning Loans
You can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan to help you with the costs of a course if you are aged 19 and over. Further information is available on Student Finance England will ‘write off’ any outstanding Advanced Learning Loans you owe for an Access to HE course if you complete a higher education course, so you don’t have to pay back the loan (the course must be eligible for student finance). For more information about Access to Higher Education Diplomas go to