All the following should be gained at the first attempt and in one set of exams
Entry requirements and Covid-19
We understand that your exams may be cancelled or postponed due to Covid-19. If you receive a final assessed grade based on your overall performance but subsequently choose to sit your final exams in person, this will not count as a resit. We will therefore consider your predicted or achieved exam results when reviewing your application.
If you are unhappy with your assessed grades, you should contact your exam centre (normally your secondary school or college) as soon as possible as they may be able to make a formal appeal to the exam board to review your grades. We cannot appeal on your behalf.
For the latest information on disruption to 2021 exams, visit our dedicated page:
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 Higher level, it should be studied in sixth year to National 5 level.
We are aware that some Scottish schools may not be able to offer as many Advanced Higher subjects as in previous years. If this is the case, we urge any pupils (or parents/carers/guidance teachers) interested in Veterinary Medicine at Edinburgh to get in touch with us directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Three A levels: AAA in Chemistry, Biology and one other subject approved for entry to the veterinary degree programme. We do not accept General Studies or Critical Thinking as a third subject. 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.
A BTEC National Extended Certificate in Applied Human Biology (D) is accepted in lieu of A-level Biology/Human Biology.
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.
Cambridge Pre-U Diploma
D3, D3, D3 (or a combination of D3 and A level grade A) in Chemistry, Biology and one other University-approved subject.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
The minimum entry requirement is 38 points. This must include a minimum of 666 in Higher level Chemistry, Biology and one other subject. If Physics is not taken at Standard or Higher level then competency in this subject must be demonstrated at a lower level (GCSE or equivalent).
The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies is committed to widening access and welcomes applications from students with diverse backgrounds. We are keen to consider whether some applicants could benefit from being made an offer of an interview at the minimum entry requirement (the level you need to have achieved to be successful on the programme), or whether you might be eligible for additional credit in the selection process, in support of your application.
Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) is an alternative route for adult learners and mature students to get into university or college.
SWAP offers an Access to Medical Studies programme which we accept for consideration for entry to year one of Veterinary Medicine from eligible applicants.
Royal Veterinary College (RVC) Gateway Programme
The RVC Veterinary Gateway course is aimed at those who want to study veterinary medicine but who might not otherwise meet our entry requirements. The programme integrates an additional preparatory year designed to equip candidates with the knowledge and skills you need to study veterinary medicine.
This course is open to UK students only, who come from a 'widening participation' background.
A 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent), in an appropriate science subject. Candidates with a non-science degree will be considered provided they have gained high grades in the science A levels (or equivalent) in Chemistry and Biology.
Please note that all candidates applying for the BVM&S as a second degree (including graduates from the UK, EU, EEA) are considered at the International Fees rate.
The Admissions Committee regrets that it cannot consider ONC, HNC, HND or part- degree qualifications as equivalent to an Upper Second Class Honours degree for entry requirement purposes.
US and Canadian High School Graduates
Applications from US and Canadian high school graduates are welcomed. Further details of our entry requirements are available below:
Candidates with two years of a pre-vet will be considered for the 5-year BVM&S programme. We would expect high grades in all science subjects, specially Chemistry, Biology and either Maths/Physics. An overall GPA of 3.4 (4 point scale) is expected.
EU and International Entry Requirements
If your qualifications are not listed above, please refer to the the following page which provides specific information and advice, including entry requirements, for prospective students by country.
The Admissions Committee aims to select mature candidates from a variety of backgrounds to further enhance the diversity of the intake. Although mature applicants receive consideration, there is no relaxation of programme entry requirements. In order to be considered you would, therefore, have to achieve the normal minimum entry requirements. Normally candidates must attain these grades in the one sitting and at the first attempt. However, if you are not able to study full time (if, for example, you are continuing to work) you would not necessarily be expected to gain the grades at the one sitting but you would certainly have to attain them at the first attempt.
Mature students are encouraged to contact the Admissions Office providing further information on both school and further education examination results to discuss their qualifications on an individual basis prior to making a formal application.
You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.
SQA, GCSE and IB
For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:
- SQA National 5 at C
- SQA Standard Grade at 3
- SQA Intermediate 1 at A
- SQA Intermediate 2 at C
- GCSE C or 4
- IB Standard Level 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)
English language tests
We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:
- IELTS Academic module overall 7.0 with 7.0 in each component
- TOEFL-iBT 100 (including Special Home Edition) or above with 23 in each section. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
- Cambridge English: Advanced & Proficiency overall 185 with 185 in each component
- Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components
We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests.
English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.