Access to Higher Education Diploma Veterinary Science (Level 3)

Course overview

This course is designed to provide you with the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to access a degree in veterinary medicine or veterinary science, animal management or any other animal-related subject such as zoology or animal behaviour.

Moreover, it will enable you to refresh your literacy, numeracy, computer and science skills to succeed in your chosen land-based degree at university level.


You will learn

  • Chemistry and biology
  • Practical laboratory skills in chemistry and biochemistry
  • Scientific research skills and academic writing
  • Practical animal skills including health checks, management plans and dispensing medication
  • Veterinary law
What is an Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma?

An Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a qualification suitable for all ages and backgrounds which prepares you for study at degree level. It has been designed to give you relevant academic subject knowledge and the opportunity to learn how to approach university-level study and develop techniques to help you succeed.

You will need the following:

  • GCSEs at grade 4 (C or above) in English, Maths and Science
  • 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 to be 19+ to be able to enrol on this course.

Successful completion of this course will enable you to progress to our animal management and zoology degree or another related higher education course subject to entry requirements. You will also be able to find employment in a range of animal management and science careers.

Cassie's story

As a mature student who had been out of education for nearly five years with no science background, the access course gave me the knowledge and practical skills needed to gain an offer to study veterinary medicine at the Royal Veterinary College in London. Cassie completed the Access to Higher Education Diploma Veterinary Science (Level 3) course