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Pathway to success

Making an application to study Medicine, Veterinary Science or Dentistry can be daunting.

Medicine and Dentistry are demanding professions where you will not only be required to demonstrate outstanding academic ability but also manual dexterity and clinical skills.

For most university courses the minimum entry requirements are three As at A level. To give yourself the best chance of gaining a place you should gain at least two weeks of work experience.

A Veterinary Science course is a demanding one academically, physically, and emotionally and you must be committed to work hard to be a successful veterinary science student. Although courses at university are five years long, places are much sought after and consequently you will need not only a high level of academic ability but also a wide variety of work experience. Placements covering as many different aspects of veterinary work as possible including farm work, observation of large animal and small animal practice and lambing will stand you in good stead.    

This pathway will provide with all the advice and support needed to ensure you have an application that stands out from other applicants whilst enabling you to gain the academic qualifications required to meet university entrance. 

Route options

Traditional A Level Route
Compulsory Subjects

Biology and Chemistry 

Optional Subjects

Choose one or more academic advanced level subjects. Psychology, Physics, Mathematics, English, or History are all readily accepted by the most prestigious Universities

Enrichment opportunities

Future Medics Elective

Option to follow the Gifted Student Programme 


Opportunities to attend Medical, Dental and Veterinary talks 

University Visit Programme

First aid course

Preparation for UKCAT, BMAT (University Admissions Tests)

To develop understanding of what a career in Medicine involves and your suitability for your intended profession, you are strongly advised to undertake some relevant work experience in a health or social care environment.

Work placements and work shadowing  

Progression Opportunities

University of Cambridge – MB BChir Medicine (A*A*A)

University of Liverpool – BVSc Veterinary Science (AAA)

University of Manchester – BDS Dentistry (AAA)

University of Bradford – BSc Optometry (AAA)

University of Nottingham – BPharm Pharmacy (AAB) 

Where will this pathway lead me?

Likely employment opportunities:

Doctor, Consultant, GP, Dentist, Dental Hygienist, Optician, Veterinarian, 

Shauna Gorst

Chemistry [A], Biology [A], Psychology [A]

Where next :
University of Liverpool

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Level 2 entry requirements

If you’re not quite ready to start on a Level 3 Technical course (T Levels) or a Vocational Level 3 course (BTEC) but want to begin on the path to your chosen career, the Transition Programme could be for you.  

Transition Programmes are tailored to prepare students to move onto Technical or Vocational Level 3 study. They will give you the opportunity to improve your English and Maths, your work readiness skills and introduce you to the technical skills and concepts that you will need for future study and employment. 

As part of the Transition Programme you will study a BTEC Level 2 Award in your chosen subject area as well as the BTEC Level 2 Extended Award in Work Skills. You will also have the opportunity to resit GCSE English and/or Maths if you have not yet achieved a grade 4. 

Entry criteria for Transition Programmes is four grade 3s including grade 3s in English Language and Maths GCSE.

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