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  • Accreditation by Open College Network West Midlands
  • 600 notional learning hours

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Veterinary Science)

This Course at a Glance

  • Help animals recover from injury and illness
  • Support the health of numerous species from birth to old age
  • Secure a place on a veterinary degree without A Levels
  • No classes, timetables, or exams
  • Flexible payment options
  • Study online at home

About your Diploma

Have you always loved animals and wanted the chance to help them in your career? Now’s your chance by studying an online course that acts as a fast-track route to a job as a Veterinarian or Vet Nurse.

If this has been a passion of yours but the A Levels to get into university stopped you in your tracks, the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Veterinary Science) is the answer you’ve been looking for. As a Level 3 qualification and the equivalent to three A Levels, you can meet veterinary degree requirements quickly and conveniently.

Being a vocational course that typically takes less than a year to complete, the veterinary science diploma is designed to efficiently develop your knowledge on subjects surrounding the role and responsibilities of a veterinary professional.

Throughout the course, you will learn about important topics like animal physiology, animal behaviour and welfare, aspects of animal biology and more!

The course also includes modules that are designed to equip you with the study skills for university, so you are more than prepared for degree level veterinary studies. You can explore the rest of the modules covered in this course by viewing the ‘Syllabus’ tab.

This course satisfies the entry criteria for many subject-related higher education study programmes, such as the *University of Bristol’s BVSc Veterinary Science degree.

university of bristol logo

*Please note that our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Veterinary Science) has been accepted for 2023 entry. Students should refer to the University prospectus for 2024 entry requirements.

Getting Started

Studying with Stonebridge Associated Colleges provides a convenient and flexible approach to education. You can learn on your terms as there are no timetables or classes, and you can still feel fully supported despite learning at home, as you have access to a team of dedicated professional tutors.

You can also relax in the knowledge that you are gaining a quality education, as this Access to Higher Education Diploma (Veterinary Science) is a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification that is regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). 

Once enrolled, you will receive an Individual Learning Plan to keep you on track with submission deadlines. You will also have up to one year to complete the course, though most of our students are finished within 9-12 months.  

*Entry requirements differ between universities - Check that this qualification will be accepted before you enrol.

Qualification: Access to Higher Education Diploma (Veterinary Science)

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Veterinary Science), you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at Level 3 (QAA ref: 40013443). This course has also been assigned 60 credits.

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners to gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

Requirements for Entry

Anyone wishing to continue their education with an Access to Higher Education Diploma, it is necessary they have a GCSE Grade A-C in maths and English (or Functional Skills Level 2 or new GCSE Grade 4-9) with a desire to continue a related degree at university. If you do not hold these qualifications then you must be working towards them whilst completing your Access to HE Diploma.

Our Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil entry criteria for a broad range of university degrees and can be used in conjunction with the standard UCAS application process. In short, Access to HE Diplomas have a track record of helping learners get to the university and degree of their choice. Learners must bear in mind each university has its own set of admission criteria and places are subject to demand. Varying admission criteria can include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Number of credits to be attained at merit or distinction level.
  2. Successfully passing a face-to-face interview at the University.
  3. Passing a University’s proprietary literacy and numeracy assessments.
  4. Completion of specified work placements or work experience.
  5. GCSE Grade A-C (new system 4-9) in maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills).

Learners must undertake their own research to ensure their Diploma gives them the best possible chance of gaining entry to their university of choice. It is not possible for Stonebridge Associated Colleges to accept any liability if any Access to Higher Education Diploma student fails to secure an offer from a higher education institution.

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

 

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

 

In most cases, universities won’t accept you if you don’t have at least a GCSE in English and Maths at grade C/4 and above. Don’t worry, you can get started on your Access to Higher Education Diploma (Veterinary Science) right away and work towards these GCSEs (or their equivalents) at the same time. Many of our learners do this successfully to make sure they get accepted onto their chosen degree.

It’s important to note that each university sets its own entry requirements, so before enrolling on this course, you need to check what you need to do/have to be accepted by your chosen university.

For instance, in addition to GCSEs you may need to have: 

  • A certain number of credits passed at merit or distinction  
  • A face-to-face interview 
  • Successfully complete literacy and numeracy assessments 
  • Completion of a work placement or work experience 

Please note that it is your responsibility to check the entry requirements for your chosen university. Stonebridge Associated Colleges is not responsible if you fail to secure an offer from a higher education institution upon completion of an Access to HE Diploma. 

*Please note, this course is eligible for UK residents only.

*You will have access to the course for 12 months only. You can purchase course extensions.

Unit 1: Academic Writing Skills

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Be able to write with relevance in responding to an academic task
  • Know how to interpret and discuss ideas and issues in responding to a set, academic writing task
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas

Unit 2: Preparing a Written Assignment

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand how to use key information sources
  • Understand why sources are acknowledged and referenced
  • Understand a range of reading strategies
  • Understand note-making methods
  • Understand how to plan draft and produce a written assignment

Unit 3: Cell Biology

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the structure and organisation of cells
  • Understand cellular metabolism
  • Understand how cells grow and divide

Unit 4: Atomic Structure

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand protons, neutrons and electrons in terms of their relative charges and masses
  • Understand the distribution of protons, neutrons and electrons in an atom given its Atomic number and Mass number, including some isotopes
  • Understand the number and relative energies of the s, p and d orbitals for the principal quantum numbers and know the shapes of s, p and d orbitals
  • Understand how ionisation energies of elements relate to reactivity
  • Understand the position of elements within the Periodic Table from ionisation energy data

Unit 5: Cell Division and Heredity

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of cell division
  • Demonstrate an understanding of heredity and genetic variation

Unit 6: Aspects of Animal Biology

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand aspects of cell biology
  • Understand a range of skeletal and locomotory systems in animals
  • Understand sensory organs in animals

Unit 7: Periodic Table

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the Periodic Table
  • Understand periodicity in the elements of period 3
  • Understand ionisation energy
  • Understand oxidation and reduction
  • Understand reactions of the Group 2 metals
  • Understand the Group 7 elements

Unit 8: Animal Behaviour and Welfare

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Be able to identify behaviour patterns for a range of animal species both in captive and in wild settings
  • Be able to investigate methods of communication in a range of animals
  • Understand UK animal welfare issues and codes of practice
  • Understand UK welfare legislation and enforcement

Unit 9: Atomic Structure & Bonding

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the structure of the atom
  • Understand electronic structures
  • Understand the formation of ionic bonds
  • Understand the formation of covalent bonds

Unit 10: Cell Metabolism

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the glycolytic pathway and fermentation of sugar to yield alcohol
  • Understand the tricarboxylic acid cycle
  • Understand the dark reactions in photosynthesis
  • Understand the biochemical basis of generating adenosine triphosphate in subcellular organelles

Unit 11: Animal Nutrition and Digestive Systems

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the functions of the essential nutrients in an animal’s diet
  • Understand the nutritional requirements of animals
  • Understand the ruminant and non-ruminant digestive systems of animals
  • Understand the energy and nutritional requirements for different animals depending on size, age, sex and use to which they are put
  • Know common animal nutritional problems

Unit 12: Chemical Bonding and Structure

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the nature of organic chemicals

Unit 13: Animal Physiology

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand different methods of feeding in animals
  • Understand gas exchange in a range of animals
  • Understand selected modes of locomotion
  • Understand reproductive strategies in a range of animals

Unit 14: Hydrocarbons

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the importance of organic compounds
  • Understand the structure and characteristic reactions of alkanes
  • Understand the structure and characteristic reactions of alkenes

Unit 15: Statistical Research

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand how to plan for an investigation within an appropriate subject area
  • Understand how to carry out an investigation by collecting and processing an appropriate range of data
  • Understand how to interpret and analyse results
  • Understand how to evaluate the investigation

Unit 16: Chemical Change

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Know how to measure the concentrations of solutions
  • Understand energy changes during chemical reactions
  • Understand factors influencing rates of chemical reactions
  • Understand the concept of chemical equilibrium

Your work will be assessed through assignments at the end of each unit. These will provide you with the opportunity to check up on your knowledge and advance. After each assignment, your tutor will offer feedback to help you not only progress further but also improve your skills. This Access to HE Diploma is a Level 3 Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) regulated qualification.

To successfully achieve your qualification, you will need a total of 60 credits. Of these, 45 will come from graded units of academic content, while the following 15 will be drawn from ungraded units concerning study skills.

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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Veterinary Science)

This Course at a Glance

  • Help animals recover from injury and illness
  • Support the health of numerous species from birth to old age
  • Secure a place on a veterinary degree without A Levels
  • No classes, timetables, or exams
  • Flexible payment options
  • Study online at home

About your Diploma

Have you always loved animals and wanted the chance to help them in your career? Now’s your chance by studying an online course that acts as a fast-track route to a job as a Veterinarian or Vet Nurse.

If this has been a passion of yours but the A Levels to get into university stopped you in your tracks, the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Veterinary Science) is the answer you’ve been looking for. As a Level 3 qualification and the equivalent to three A Levels, you can meet veterinary degree requirements quickly and conveniently.

Being a vocational course that typically takes less than a year to complete, the veterinary science diploma is designed to efficiently develop your knowledge on subjects surrounding the role and responsibilities of a veterinary professional.

Throughout the course, you will learn about important topics like animal physiology, animal behaviour and welfare, aspects of animal biology and more!

The course also includes modules that are designed to equip you with the study skills for university, so you are more than prepared for degree level veterinary studies. You can explore the rest of the modules covered in this course by viewing the ‘Syllabus’ tab.

This course satisfies the entry criteria for many subject-related higher education study programmes, such as the *University of Bristol’s BVSc Veterinary Science degree.

university of bristol logo

*Please note that our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Veterinary Science) has been accepted for 2023 entry. Students should refer to the University prospectus for 2024 entry requirements.

Getting Started

Studying with Stonebridge Associated Colleges provides a convenient and flexible approach to education. You can learn on your terms as there are no timetables or classes, and you can still feel fully supported despite learning at home, as you have access to a team of dedicated professional tutors.

You can also relax in the knowledge that you are gaining a quality education, as this Access to Higher Education Diploma (Veterinary Science) is a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification that is regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). 

Once enrolled, you will receive an Individual Learning Plan to keep you on track with submission deadlines. You will also have up to one year to complete the course, though most of our students are finished within 9-12 months.  

*Entry requirements differ between universities - Check that this qualification will be accepted before you enrol.

Access to Higher Education Diplomas
OUR PASS RATE
(National Average 77.1%)
83%

Qualification: Access to Higher Education Diploma (Veterinary Science)

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Veterinary Science), you will receive a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma at Level 3 (QAA ref: 40013443). This course has also been assigned 60 credits.

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners to gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

Requirements for Entry

Anyone wishing to continue their education with an Access to Higher Education Diploma, it is necessary they have a GCSE Grade A-C in maths and English (or Functional Skills Level 2 or new GCSE Grade 4-9) with a desire to continue a related degree at university. If you do not hold these qualifications then you must be working towards them whilst completing your Access to HE Diploma.

Our Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil entry criteria for a broad range of university degrees and can be used in conjunction with the standard UCAS application process. In short, Access to HE Diplomas have a track record of helping learners get to the university and degree of their choice. Learners must bear in mind each university has its own set of admission criteria and places are subject to demand. Varying admission criteria can include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Number of credits to be attained at merit or distinction level.
  2. Successfully passing a face-to-face interview at the University.
  3. Passing a University’s proprietary literacy and numeracy assessments.
  4. Completion of specified work placements or work experience.
  5. GCSE Grade A-C (new system 4-9) in maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills).

Learners must undertake their own research to ensure their Diploma gives them the best possible chance of gaining entry to their university of choice. It is not possible for Stonebridge Associated Colleges to accept any liability if any Access to Higher Education Diploma student fails to secure an offer from a higher education institution.

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

 

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

 

Unit 1: Academic Writing Skills

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Be able to write with relevance in responding to an academic task
  • Know how to interpret and discuss ideas and issues in responding to a set, academic writing task
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas

Unit 2: Preparing a Written Assignment

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand how to use key information sources
  • Understand why sources are acknowledged and referenced
  • Understand a range of reading strategies
  • Understand note-making methods
  • Understand how to plan draft and produce a written assignment

Unit 3: Cell Biology

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the structure and organisation of cells
  • Understand cellular metabolism
  • Understand how cells grow and divide

Unit 4: Atomic Structure

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand protons, neutrons and electrons in terms of their relative charges and masses
  • Understand the distribution of protons, neutrons and electrons in an atom given its Atomic number and Mass number, including some isotopes
  • Understand the number and relative energies of the s, p and d orbitals for the principal quantum numbers and know the shapes of s, p and d orbitals
  • Understand how ionisation energies of elements relate to reactivity
  • Understand the position of elements within the Periodic Table from ionisation energy data

Unit 5: Cell Division and Heredity

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of cell division
  • Demonstrate an understanding of heredity and genetic variation

Unit 6: Aspects of Animal Biology

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand aspects of cell biology
  • Understand a range of skeletal and locomotory systems in animals
  • Understand sensory organs in animals

Unit 7: Periodic Table

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the Periodic Table
  • Understand periodicity in the elements of period 3
  • Understand ionisation energy
  • Understand oxidation and reduction
  • Understand reactions of the Group 2 metals
  • Understand the Group 7 elements

Unit 8: Animal Behaviour and Welfare

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Be able to identify behaviour patterns for a range of animal species both in captive and in wild settings
  • Be able to investigate methods of communication in a range of animals
  • Understand UK animal welfare issues and codes of practice
  • Understand UK welfare legislation and enforcement

Unit 9: Atomic Structure & Bonding

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the structure of the atom
  • Understand electronic structures
  • Understand the formation of ionic bonds
  • Understand the formation of covalent bonds

Unit 10: Cell Metabolism

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the glycolytic pathway and fermentation of sugar to yield alcohol
  • Understand the tricarboxylic acid cycle
  • Understand the dark reactions in photosynthesis
  • Understand the biochemical basis of generating adenosine triphosphate in subcellular organelles

Unit 11: Animal Nutrition and Digestive Systems

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the functions of the essential nutrients in an animal’s diet
  • Understand the nutritional requirements of animals
  • Understand the ruminant and non-ruminant digestive systems of animals
  • Understand the energy and nutritional requirements for different animals depending on size, age, sex and use to which they are put
  • Know common animal nutritional problems

Unit 12: Chemical Bonding and Structure

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the nature of organic chemicals

Unit 13: Animal Physiology

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand different methods of feeding in animals
  • Understand gas exchange in a range of animals
  • Understand selected modes of locomotion
  • Understand reproductive strategies in a range of animals

Unit 14: Hydrocarbons

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the importance of organic compounds
  • Understand the structure and characteristic reactions of alkanes
  • Understand the structure and characteristic reactions of alkenes

Unit 15: Statistical Research

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand how to plan for an investigation within an appropriate subject area
  • Understand how to carry out an investigation by collecting and processing an appropriate range of data
  • Understand how to interpret and analyse results
  • Understand how to evaluate the investigation

Unit 16: Chemical Change

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Know how to measure the concentrations of solutions
  • Understand energy changes during chemical reactions
  • Understand factors influencing rates of chemical reactions
  • Understand the concept of chemical equilibrium

Your work will be assessed through assignments at the end of each unit. These will provide you with the opportunity to check up on your knowledge and advance. After each assignment, your tutor will offer feedback to help you not only progress further but also improve your skills. This Access to HE Diploma is a Level 3 Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) regulated qualification.

To successfully achieve your qualification, you will need a total of 60 credits. Of these, 45 will come from graded units of academic content, while the following 15 will be drawn from ungraded units concerning study skills.

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