Access to Higher Education - Vet Science & Zoology

Access to Higher Education Diploma - Veterinary Science and Zoology

Turn your love of animals into a career. Enrol on an Access to Higher Education – Veterinary Course and take the first step towards your dream job of caring for the wonderful species we share our planet with.

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Animals have always been a source of joy and intrigue, so turning your desire to work with them into reality can be the ideal route to furthering your career. If you're looking for the perfect opportunity to combine passion with a positive impact, then look no further than our Access to Higher Education Veterinary Course.

Switch your goals up a gear without jumping through multiple hoops – this level 3 equivalent allows entry into a veterinary degree or veterinary nursing degree. Take away the hassle of choosing multiple A-level courses by consolidating all your requirements under one umbrella course. Also, depending on the final grade achieved, learners can earn up to 144 UCAS points upon completion of this course.

All Access to Higher Education courses includes units covering key skills that learners will find most useful when they continue into higher education. These units are designed to prepare students and equip them with the knowledge needed for studying at a degree level. What's more, we're here to help you every step of the way!

Important dates:

Register to start studying on 18th September 2023 between 1st and 30th September.

Register to start studying on 1st March 2024 between 1st and 29th February 2024.

Register to start studying on October 1st 2024 between 1st and 30th September 2024.

What you'll learn

Unit 1 - Study Skills: Developing Research Skills

Research is a fundamental skill in higher education and in this unit we explore the different approaches to academic research and how you can use it in your work to add depth and evidence to points you make. We also look at how to properly credit original authors and use Harvard referencing to show where important information has come from.

Unit 2 - Personal Development: Applying for HE

In this unit we look at the UCAS system used to apply for higher education, and we learn how to make the most of the application process and the importance of career planning and realistic expectations.

Unit 3 - Chemical & Acid-Base Equilibria

In this unit we explore the idea of chemical equilibria both in terms of dynamic equilibria where a reaction can proceed both forwards and backwards as well as the behaviour and reactions of acids and bases. We explore the nature of buffer solutions and identify that the dissociation of water is an example of a homogenous equilibrium.

Unit 4 - Energetics

In this unit we look at the energy changes that accompany all chemical reactions and identify exothermic and endothermic examples. We introduce the concept of enthalpy and use the Born-Haber cycle to understand and describe enthalpy changes in reactions.

Unit 5 - Organic Chemistry

This unit introduces the fundamentals organic chemistry, the chemistry of compounds based primarily on carbon. We look at  the system we use for naming and describing these compounds and we compare different homologous series and their reactions and properties and explain the similarities and differences.

Unit 6 - Periodicity

The periodic table is vital in our understanding of the known chemical elements. In this unit we look at the information it provides us and how we can use it to identify trends and patterns in behaviour amongst the groups and periods.

Unit 7 - Reacting Amounts

In this unit we explore the different ways in which we calculate and compare amounts of substance. We explain the idea of the mole and demonstrate then methods used in acid-base titrations, following the volumes and pHs and temperature changes involved.

Unit 8 - Structure & Bonding

In this unit we look to explain some of the most important chemical properties as a result of the structure of the atom and the subatomic particles it contains. We look at how different elements have different numbers of electrons, protons and neutrons and how this impacts their properties, and we explain the different types of bonding that can occur between elements.

Unit 9 - Body Defences

In this unit we explore the human immune system and how the body is equipped with adaptations to protect itself from disease. We consider the role of pathogens as the cause of infectious diseases and contrast specific and non-specific defences against disease.

Unit 10 - Biological Molecules

This unit looks at a group of complex molecules we collectively refer to as biological molecules – carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids. We consider the vital role of each and the building blocks from which they are made.

Unit 11 - Exchange & Transport of Gases

This unit focusses on the different body systems that allow the exchange and transport of gases including the circulatory and respiratory system. We explore the close relationship between the two, identifying the crucial organs and their roles in ensuring the body’s cells are supplied with oxygen and relieved of carbon dioxide.

Unit 12 - Genetics

In this unit we look at how genetic traits and characteristics are passed from parent to offspring. We compare different patterns of inheritance and how the yare impacted by the location of genes within the genome. We also compare continuous and discontinuous variation and how they arise within a given population.

Unit 13 - The Cell

The cell is the fundamental building block of life, and we look here at how our understanding has developed with improvements in microscope technology as well as considering the internal components and organelles and their varying roles in the cell’s processes overall. We also contrast the two forms of cell division 0- mitosis and meiosis – and explain where they arise in human development.

Unit 14 - Organisation of the Body

This unit looks at how the body is organised into systems of organs working towards the same goal, which in term are composed of tissues, aggregations of cells of the same type. We look at the importance of stem cells and how they can develop into different specialised cells and we also consider how we can use this phenomenon in therapeutic medicine.

Unit 15 - Algebra

Algebra is a fundamental aspect of maths widely used in the sciences, and here we get to grips with some of the basics. From quadratic functions to simultaneous equations and polynomial expressions this unit gives you the chance to develop your grasp of algebra and to practice using the key ideas.

Unit 16 - Differentiation

In this unit we look at how we use differentiation to solve different types of problems and explore how to sketch quadratic and cubic equations. We introduce some of the simple standard derivatives and look at how to use these in problems.

Unit 17 - Integration

In this unit we look at how we use the trapezium rule to find the area under a curve and we explore the fundamental principles of integration and how it relates to differentiation. We expand on our studies to look at how we integrate more complex functions like 1/x, sin x and cos ⁡x.

Unit 18 - Logarithms & Exponentials

Logarithms and exponentials are closely related and important functions in mathematics. This unit explores how we use them in mathematical problems. We look at the use of bases, like base 10 and base 2, explaining the idea of a real number. We introduce the ide of natural logs (ln) as well as the exponential function ex) and tie this all together by putting these into practice.

Unit 19 - Statistical Methods

In this unit we look at how to handle and interpret the numerical data we collect in research and experimentation. We start by exploring data collection and sampling methods and build on this to look at processes like inter-quartile range and statistical analyses like standard deviation and the chi-squared test and how we use these to test the validity of our studies and hypotheses.

Unit 20 - Matrices

Here we introduce the idea of matrices as mathematical objects. We explore what the yare and how we use them and how they are governed by certain rules. We apply them to algebraic problems and simultaneous equations and get to grips with just how useful they can be.

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Awarding Body

This Access to Higher Education Diploma in Veterinary Science and Zoology is awarded by Open Awards. Qualification code: AIM 40011562.


Open Awards is a UK-based Awarding Body. Open Awards provide Ofqual regulated qualifications and units across multiple subject areas, such as Access to HE courses.

Course Outcome

The Access to Higher Education Diploma is a widely accepted qualification at level 3 that provides an alternative pathway into higher education.

At the same level as A-levels, Access to Higher Education Diplomas carry UCAS points which can be used to gain entry to your chosen university. The number of UCAS points awarded is dependent on the learner's outcome of the course i.e. pass, merit or distinction. Calculate your points based on your grade with this UCAS Tariff Calculator.


If you wish to follow your completion of this course with a University degree, we advise that you first check the entry requirements of that specific degree course with the University that you wish to attend as each institution can be different.

For example, many degree-level courses ask that students have completed specific GCSEs with specific grades. This is typically a minimum grade of C or 4 in English and Maths. If you don’t hold these qualifications yet, they are required for your University applications, we can work with you to achieve those alongside the Access to Higher Education Diploma. Please mention this important information to a learning adviser when enrolling.

How is this course assessed or examined?

Enrol now to start studying in September 2023.

During your studies and at the end of each unit, you will be asked to complete a variety of different styles of assignments. Assessed and graded by your assessor, these assignments test your knowledge of each module, whilst allowing you to develop a wide range of skills that are vital to higher education.

Entry requirements

There is a minimum study age of 19 years old. Access to Higher Education Diplomas are open to anyone aged 19 or over, to be used as an entry into higher education. These courses are widely recognised by universities in the UK as an alternative to 'traditional' qualifications for entry into undergraduate courses.

We also advise students to check the entry requirements of the next course they wish to take to ensure they meet the criteria. If there are some qualifications you do not have yet, we may be able to help you achieve them at the same time as your course.

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