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Veterinary Nursing Studies (FdSc)

Foundation Degree Fd(Sc)

Provisional accreditation by Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) as “License to practice” as a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN)

This three year, full time programme provides a fantastic grounding for your career. You will learn practical skills and underlying scientific knowledge needed to graduate and work as a veterinary nurse. This course meets the accreditation standards of the RCVS and will enable the successful graduate to register as a veterinary nurse. As well as enrolling at Solihull College and University Centre, you are also enrolled at Oxford Brookes University and are entitled to use many of the University’s facilities, such as the library and online resources. You can also study this course part-time at Abingdon and Witney College. To find out more about what it is like to study at an Oxford Brookes partner college, visit our partnership course pages.

This course is not available to students classed as International for fees purposes.

Typical offers

Available start dates

September 2019

Teaching location

Solihull College

Course length

  • Full time: Three years

UCAS code


For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time off-campus fee: 2018/19: £7,200. 2019/20: £7,350.

Home/EU - part time off-campus fee: 2018/19: £4,500. 2019/20: £5,010.

*Please note tuition fees may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see funding for Undergraduate students from the UK and EU

Typical offers

- At least 5 GSCEs (Grade A*-C) to include English Language, Maths and Science (or equivalent level 2 qualifications).

- Level 3 qualifications equivalent to 2 A2-levels (including a biological science at C grade or above) with a minimum of 64 UCAS Tariff points.

- Or BTEC Extended Diploma (minimum MPP - with a D in at least one science-based module) in an animal/science-based subject


- Or BTEC Diploma (Minimum MM - with a D in at least one science-based module) in an animal/science-based subject

- Mature learners with the appropriate GCSEs may be eligible for entry to the programme with a QAA approved Access to Science course

- Minimum of two weeks work experience within a veterinary practice (work experience within other animal-related placements will not be acceptable as an alternative to this), to be completed within two years of the proposed start date and prior to interview.

NB. Interviews will not take place until this work experience has been completed


- All applicants will be interviewed (telephone or SKYPE interviews may be carried out for applicants if they cannot attend in person).

- Offers of a course place are dependent on a successful interview and a strong UCAS application with an appropriate reference and evidence of completion of the two weeks work experience (a headed letter of confirmation from the Veterinary Practice Principal or Manager).

Specific entry requirements

Students must be at least 17½ years of age.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate that their level of English is acceptable, by achieving a score in a recognised test such as British Council IELTS: normally minimum level 6.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in the reading and writing components.

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements

How to apply

Home / EU applicants

Full-time: apply through UCAS »

This course is not available to students classed as International for fees purposes.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Find out more

For full details about studying Veterinary Nursing, please visit the College website.