Extended degree programmes are a means of accessing degree study should you not meet the entry requirements for honours degree programmes.
The extended degree in Bioveterinary Science (Veterinary Science Pathway 1) provides a preparatory year for students hoping to progress to bioveterinary or veterinary physiotherapy degrees.
The extended degree in Bioveterinary Science (Veterinary Science Pathway 2) provides a preparatory year for students hoping to transfer to the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVetMS) degree.
Candidates will be assessed at the end of their first year of study and progress to either an ordinary degree (BSc Bioveterinary Science only), Honours Degree (BSc Hons) or transfer to the BVetMS if on Pathway 2. Progression will be based on prior qualifications, preparatory year performance and for some routes a fitness to practice assessment.
To study on pathway 1 you must be at least 17½ years old and have six GCSE passes at grade C/4 or above, to include English language, maths and science (or 5 GCSE passes at grade C/4 or above, to include English language, maths and science if you also have a level 3 qualification such as A level or BTEC).
To study on pathway 2 you must be at least 17½ years old and you must have a minimum of five GCSE passes at grades A/7 or above including Science and Additional Science (or Biology and Chemistry), with at least a grade B/6 in English Language, Mathematics and Physics (if taken as a separate GSCE).
The required GCSEs must be completed prior to application.
In addition to this applicants will also need to have achieved AAB at A level (or equivalent) including A2 Biology or Chemistry at grade A, plus an another science to be eligible to study the modules in pathway 2, which will enable suitable applicants to transfer onto the BVetMS Veterinary Medicine and Surgery course at the Harper and Keele Veterinary School upon completion of the course and meeting the eligibility criteria listed below. For a full list of the BVetMS Veterinary Medicine and Surgery entry requirements please visit the Harper and Keele Veterinary School website. The difference between entry requirements for this pathway and direct entry onto to BVetMS Veterinary Medicine and Surgery course is that the work experience is not required.
Suitable applicants for pathway 1 will be invited to attend an interview where they will be able to discuss their course choice in more detail, while applicants for pathway 2 will be required to take part in a selection event specifically for the BVetMS Veterinary Medicine and Surgery course.
To continue onto BSc Bioveterinary Science from this course, students will need to achieve the minimum pass mark of 40% overall.
To progress onto BSc (Hons) Bioveterinary Science from this course, students will need to achieve at least 60% overall with no additional requirements.
To progress onto BSc (Hons) Veterinary Physiotherapy from this course, through pathway 1, students will need to achieve at least 60% overall. Students will also need to have A2 Biology at grade C and completed at least 4 weeks relevant work experience prior to starting the course.
To transfer onto BVetMS Veterinary Medicine and Surgery at the Harper and Keele Veterinary School, students must complete pathway 2. From this course, students will need to achieve at least 75%.
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