Access to HE Diploma in Veterinary Science (Level 3)

Starts: September
Duration: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
Available at: Enfield

Working with animals is a hugely rewarding career choice and there are a large variety of careers choices in animal management, welfare and veterinary sciences. Being qualified to degree level increases the options available to you and your earning potential. 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 science, animal management as well as animal science. Your course will develop:

  • your understanding of animal health and biology
  • practical laboratory skills in chemistry and biochemistry
  • scientific research skills and undertake an investigative research project
  • 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.

You can choose to study full-time for a year, with a commitment of two days study at College and one day a week self-directed study or choose the more flexible part-time route over two years at College with a commitment of one day a week including weekend study where available.

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.

You will need a good standard of literacy and numeracy and we will ask you to take an English and maths assessment to make sure you are working at the right level plus we will invite you to come and meet us so together we can discuss and ensure this is the right course for you.

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

  • Higher Education, to study for a degree in a wide variety of land-based subjects including veterinary science
  • employment in a range of animal management and science careers
  • Progression to our animal related Foundation Degree at Capel.

For more information about Access to Higher Education Diplomas go to

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
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