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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Veterinary Science)

Accreditation by Open College Network West Midlands
100% online
learning
16 units
600 notional
learning hours
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Access to Higher Education Diploma (Veterinary Science)

This Course at a Glance

  • Save the lives of animals through your career
  • Learn how to support and maintain the health of different species
  • Study a veterinary degree without A Levels
  • Learn on your terms
  • 100% online course
  • No exams

About your Diploma

If you’ve always had an adoration for animals and an urge to help them in your career, you can now get on a fast-track route to becoming a Vet or Vet Nurse through online study.

Study a Veterinary Degree Without A Levels

A Levels are the traditional post-school qualification and the typical barrier to entry most learners face when contemplating degree level study. If you too were put off the idea of a veterinary degree because you didn’t hold multiple A Levels, this course provides the perfect alternative.

As a Level 3 equivalent, you can now meet the requirements for a veterinary science or veterinary nursing degree with one course. That’s because this Access to Higher Education Diploma (Veterinary Science) is designed to build your knowledge ahead of degree level learning of these subjects. What’s more, it takes most of our learners less than a year to complete.

Learn All About Veterinary Practice

Being a vocational course, this veterinary science diploma concentrates your focus on all the elements involved in the roles and responsibilities of a veterinary professional.

During your studies, you will cover topics like:

  • Animal Behaviour and Welfare
  • Animal Nutrition and Digestive Systems
  • Animal Physiology, and more!

You will also complete a number of modules that are designed to build up your study skills ahead of your degree, so you can hit the ground running in the next phase of your veterinary education. For more information on what you’ll learn in this course, view the ‘Modules’ tab.

Getting Started

learndirect is the UK’s leading distance learning provider. 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).

Learn When It Suits

Being online, this veterinary science course can be studied as and when it suits your lifestyle. Should you only be free at night, that’s fine, or if you need to study around your children, simply log on and learn when you’re available. That’s the beauty of having no classes or timetables!

You get up to one year to complete the course but most of our learners have it finished within 9-12 months.

Don’t Lose Track

Once enrolled, you’ll get an Individual Learning Plan that details the submission deadlines for your assignments. This will help you stay on track throughout your studies.

*Please note the entry requirements can be different between universities. It’s always best to check before you enrol that this qualification will be accepted.

OUR PASS RATE
Access to Higher Education Diplomas (National Average 78.4%)
88%

Modules

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

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

Entry Requirements

There are certain requirements learners of this course will need to meet which are outlined below:

GCSEs

You can enrol on this Access to Higher Education Diploma right away, but when you come to apply to university, you will need to make sure you meet the other entry requirements to secure a place on your degree. This typically includes a GCSE in Maths and English (or equivalent) at grade C/4 or above.

If you don’t have these qualifications when you start your Access to HE Diploma, you can work towards them at the same time. Many of our learners do this successfully to get fully prepared for their university degrees ahead of applying.

University Entry Criteria

It must be reiterated that each university set its own admission criteria. It’s up to you to check that your desired institution accepts this Access to HE Diploma and other qualifications you hold.

In many cases, to enrol on a degree you may need:

  • A certain number of credits passed with a merit or a distinction grade
  • A face-to-face interview at the university
  • Literacy and numeracy assessments provided by the university
  • Course-related work placements or work experience
  • GCSE Grade C/4 or above in Maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills/Key Skills, etc.)

You must check that your Access to HE Diploma will be accepted as part of the entry requirements for your chosen degree. learndirect is not responsible if completing this Access to HE Diploma doesn’t secure you a position with a higher education institution.

*You have access to this course for 12 months only. You can purchase course extensions here.

*Please note only UK residents are eligible for this Access to Higher Education Diploma.

The assessment process of our veterinary science course consists of the following:

Assignments

The assignments for this course aim to prepare you for your next step in higher education while providing the number of credits necessary to achieve your qualification.

At the end of each unit of study, you will need to complete an assignment. Your tutor will then mark this and provide you with feedback and a grade to help you progress.

Credits

To successfully achieve this Access to HE Diploma you will need 60 credits in total. The credits are split into the following two categories:

  • Graded – 45 credits come from graded units, which focus on the academic subject
  • Ungraded – 15 credits come from ungraded units, such as writing and study skills

As part of this veterinary diploma, UK learners will also receive help as well as guidance with their university application and the research they need to do to get the most out of their diploma.

Open College Network West Midlands

Open College Network West Midlands logo

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 gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

Once you successfully complete this Access to HE Diploma (Veterinary Science), you will be perfectly prepared to study a veterinary science or veterinary nursing degree at university. This will depend entirely on which career path you’re most interested in.

Further Qualifications and Prospects

Once you qualify and become a registered Veterinarian or Veterinary Nurse, your registration needs to be maintained through Continuing Professional Development (CPD). This includes any form of training and education that adds directly to your skillset but doesn’t fall under your mandatory and statutory training.

CPD training can also provide the perfect opportunity to try out a specialist area you might want to explore, as there are many progression paths for Veterinarians and Vet Nurses once qualified.

As a Vet Nurse, you could develop specialist skills in rehabilitation, focus on the care of exotic pets or step into leadership and management roles as you gain experience.

As a Vet, you could study courses on:

With additional specialist knowledge and qualifications, you could progress into senior roles like:

  • Equine Veterinarian – Work solely with horses
  • Official Veterinarian – Help manage animals that cross the border
  • Veterinary Specialist – Concentrate on a particular specialism like dentistry, surgery or emergency care
  • Zoo Veterinarian – Support the health of exotic animals in zoos

Should you choose to complete the necessary postgraduate qualifications, you could teach future Veterinarians and perform research.

  • SALE Savings End Midnight Tuesday 6th December
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RECOMMENDED OPTION
Add GCSE English Language and Maths - save 5% buying as a bundle

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Veterinary Science)

This Course at a Glance

  • Save the lives of animals through your career
  • Learn how to support and maintain the health of different species
  • Study a veterinary degree without A Levels
  • Learn on your terms
  • 100% online course
  • No exams

About your Diploma

If you’ve always had an adoration for animals and an urge to help them in your career, you can now get on a fast-track route to becoming a Vet or Vet Nurse through online study.

Study a Veterinary Degree Without A Levels

A Levels are the traditional post-school qualification and the typical barrier to entry most learners face when contemplating degree level study. If you too were put off the idea of a veterinary degree because you didn’t hold multiple A Levels, this course provides the perfect alternative.

As a Level 3 equivalent, you can now meet the requirements for a veterinary science or veterinary nursing degree with one course. That’s because this Access to Higher Education Diploma (Veterinary Science) is designed to build your knowledge ahead of degree level learning of these subjects. What’s more, it takes most of our learners less than a year to complete.

Learn All About Veterinary Practice

Being a vocational course, this veterinary science diploma concentrates your focus on all the elements involved in the roles and responsibilities of a veterinary professional.

During your studies, you will cover topics like:

  • Animal Behaviour and Welfare
  • Animal Nutrition and Digestive Systems
  • Animal Physiology, and more!

You will also complete a number of modules that are designed to build up your study skills ahead of your degree, so you can hit the ground running in the next phase of your veterinary education. For more information on what you’ll learn in this course, view the ‘Modules’ tab.

Getting Started

learndirect is the UK’s leading distance learning provider. 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).

Learn When It Suits

Being online, this veterinary science course can be studied as and when it suits your lifestyle. Should you only be free at night, that’s fine, or if you need to study around your children, simply log on and learn when you’re available. That’s the beauty of having no classes or timetables!

You get up to one year to complete the course but most of our learners have it finished within 9-12 months.

Don’t Lose Track

Once enrolled, you’ll get an Individual Learning Plan that details the submission deadlines for your assignments. This will help you stay on track throughout your studies.

*Please note the entry requirements can be different between universities. It’s always best to check before you enrol that this qualification will be accepted.

Modules

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

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

Entry Requirements

There are certain requirements learners of this course will need to meet which are outlined below:

GCSEs

You can enrol on this Access to Higher Education Diploma right away, but when you come to apply to university, you will need to make sure you meet the other entry requirements to secure a place on your degree. This typically includes a GCSE in Maths and English (or equivalent) at grade C/4 or above.

If you don’t have these qualifications when you start your Access to HE Diploma, you can work towards them at the same time. Many of our learners do this successfully to get fully prepared for their university degrees ahead of applying.

University Entry Criteria

It must be reiterated that each university set its own admission criteria. It’s up to you to check that your desired institution accepts this Access to HE Diploma and other qualifications you hold.

In many cases, to enrol on a degree you may need:

  • A certain number of credits passed with a merit or a distinction grade
  • A face-to-face interview at the university
  • Literacy and numeracy assessments provided by the university
  • Course-related work placements or work experience
  • GCSE Grade C/4 or above in Maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills/Key Skills, etc.)

You must check that your Access to HE Diploma will be accepted as part of the entry requirements for your chosen degree. learndirect is not responsible if completing this Access to HE Diploma doesn’t secure you a position with a higher education institution.

*You have access to this course for 12 months only. You can purchase course extensions here.

*Please note only UK residents are eligible for this Access to Higher Education Diploma.

Assessment

The assessment process of our veterinary science course consists of the following:

Assignments

The assignments for this course aim to prepare you for your next step in higher education while providing the number of credits necessary to achieve your qualification.

At the end of each unit of study, you will need to complete an assignment. Your tutor will then mark this and provide you with feedback and a grade to help you progress.

Credits

To successfully achieve this Access to HE Diploma you will need 60 credits in total. The credits are split into the following two categories:

  • Graded – 45 credits come from graded units, which focus on the academic subject
  • Ungraded – 15 credits come from ungraded units, such as writing and study skills

As part of this veterinary diploma, UK learners will also receive help as well as guidance with their university application and the research they need to do to get the most out of their diploma.

Qualifications

Open College Network West Midlands

Open College Network West Midlands logo

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 gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

Once you successfully complete this Access to HE Diploma (Veterinary Science), you will be perfectly prepared to study a veterinary science or veterinary nursing degree at university. This will depend entirely on which career path you’re most interested in.

Further Qualifications and Prospects

Once you qualify and become a registered Veterinarian or Veterinary Nurse, your registration needs to be maintained through Continuing Professional Development (CPD). This includes any form of training and education that adds directly to your skillset but doesn’t fall under your mandatory and statutory training.

CPD training can also provide the perfect opportunity to try out a specialist area you might want to explore, as there are many progression paths for Veterinarians and Vet Nurses once qualified.

As a Vet Nurse, you could develop specialist skills in rehabilitation, focus on the care of exotic pets or step into leadership and management roles as you gain experience.

As a Vet, you could study courses on:

With additional specialist knowledge and qualifications, you could progress into senior roles like:

  • Equine Veterinarian – Work solely with horses
  • Official Veterinarian – Help manage animals that cross the border
  • Veterinary Specialist – Concentrate on a particular specialism like dentistry, surgery or emergency care
  • Zoo Veterinarian – Support the health of exotic animals in zoos

Should you choose to complete the necessary postgraduate qualifications, you could teach future Veterinarians and perform research.

OUR PASS RATE
Access to Higher Education Diplomas
88%
(National Average 78.4%)

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