Entry requirements

You must meet the entry requirements to be considered as competition for places is high.

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Academic requirements

All grades must be obtained in one sitting and at the first attempt.

SQA Highers and Advanced Highers

Candidates are required to take a sixth year and undertake Advanced Highers.

  • AAAAB. Five Highers including Chemistry (A), Biology (A) and either Mathematics or Physics to be achieved by the end of S5. If Biology has not been studied in S5, it should be taken in S6 to Higher level.
  • BB at Advanced Higher in Chemistry and another science subject.
  • If possible Advanced Higher Biology, as this will be beneficial for the first year of the course.
  • If Physics has not previously been studied to Standard Grade or Higher level, it should be studied in sixth year to either Standard Grade, Intermediate 2 or Higher level.

A levels

  • Three A levels: AAA in Chemistry, Biology and one other subject approved for entry to the veterinary degree programme.
  • Please refer to the current list of University approved subjects at GCE A level considered for entry to the BVM&S below.

If Physics has not been studied to A level, a good pass at GCSE is required.

We do not accept General Studies or Critical Thinking as third subject.

Resits of AS level modules are acceptable. In order to be considered candidates must be predicted to gain our minimum entry requirements in A2 subjects. Only candidates who gain or are predicted to gain our minimum entry requirements within the normal 2-year period for A level examinations will be considered.

We can only consider the above combinations of subjects, because of strong competition for a limited number of places.

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma

The University welcomes applicants offering the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The minimum entry requirement is 38 points. This must include:

  • Higher level in Chemistry, Biology and either Maths or Physics
  • 766 or better in all higher level subjects with 7 in Chemistry.
  • Where Higher level Maths or Physics is not possible, another subject at Higher level may be accepted, subject to approval. In this case, you will also need 6 at Standard level in Maths or Physics.

If Physics does not form part of the IB Diploma, candidates must also provide evidence of a qualification at a minimum SQA standard Grade 2 or GCSE Grade B or equivalent in this subject.

EU Applicants

Information on academic requirements for students with non UK qualifications can be found listed by country.

Undergraduate Admissions
Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies The University of Edinburgh
Easter Bush Campus
Midlothian EH25 9RG
Tel: +44(0)131 651 7305
Fax: +44(0)131 650 6588

Non-academic requirements

Work Experience Requirements

You will need to have sufficient work experience with animals to apply for this course.

To be considered for a place on the BVM&S, ALL UCAS candidates must complete a Work Experience Summary (WES) prior to the deadline of 1st November. Without the submission of a WES, applications will be considered incomplete.

English Language Requirement

If English is not your first language, you will also need to meet the University's required standard of English.

Further information

For UK applicants, the only minimum entry requirement at Standard Grade or GCSE is in English. You will need Standard Grade 3 or GCSE C grade.

You are not required to submit any supplemental application or sit any additional entrance test.

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