It is the start of another academic year, another cycle of UCAS applications with teachers and careers leaders supporting their medical, dental, and veterinary students apply to university!  A frequent question I get asked is about BTEC requirements for these careers, so I wanted to prepare a one stop shop for all the information, so your BTEC students can be well informed of the requirements!  If you do want further advice and guidance, you are welcome to email the education department directly on [email protected].  The department does operate a free caseload support service – which is designed to cascade tailored support to your school or college!  

Medical Schools

Medical schools are largely preferring A Level students and generally will not consider BTEC students.  There are still a few options for BTEC students this year, but some will come with stipulations to still present with A level requests.  I will complete a follow-up blog with options for Gateway/Foundation Medicine courses accepting BTEC students as these may be a better option for your students, especially if they fulfil ‘widening participation’ requirements.

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Cardiff Medical School

Higher National Diploma in Applied Science

Distinction in every module, finalising with overall Distinction

Lancaster Medical School

BTEC (Level 3 Extended Certificate) Applied Science

The BTEC can be accepted in lieu of a third A Level subject only

Leicester Medical School

A single Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or National Award

Considered at Distinction*, in combination with A-levels at AA in Chemistry or Biology, and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Psychology.

Oxford Medical School

BTEC Extended Diploma Applied Science

Applied Science Units must include inorganic and organic Chemistry

Distinction attainments

Oxford Medical School

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science

1 A Level (Units must include inorganic and organic Chemistry)

Distinction attainment but no guidance on A Level requirement

Oxford Medical School

BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Applied Science + 2 A Levels

Units must include Inorganic and Organic Chemistry

Distinction attainment – A Levels must include Chemistry – not grade provided

Oxford Medical School

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate or Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science + 2 A-levels

Units must include Chemistry

Distinction attainment – A Level requirements not listed

Southampton University

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate Applied Science + 2 A Levels

Distinction overall – Subjects that overlap with Chemistry & Biology may not be accepted. All application reviewed on a case by case basis.

To learn more about the Medical application process, attend our Free Virtual Live Get Into Medicine Conference’s for the opportunity to hear from qualified Doctors about medical school, the application process and what is needed to apply for medical school and the opportunity to ask any questions you have.
If you are a Teacher and would like to know more about what the application process looks like for your students, and would like more information on how you can assist them, please join our Teacher Support programme with Medic Mentor Education.

Dental School

Dental schools are a little more open to your BTEC students, there may be some schools that will request additional A or AS levels.

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Leeds Dental School

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science 

D*DD

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Applied Science with A Level

D*D plus A Level Chemistry at Grade A

Southampton University

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate Applied Science + 2 A Levels

Distinction overall – Subjects that overlap with Chemistry & Biology may not be accepted. All application reviewed on a case by case basis.

To learn more about the Dentistry application process, attend our Free Virtual Live Get Into Dentistry Conference’s for the opportunity to hear from qualified Dentists about dental school, the application process and what is needed to apply for dental school and the opportunity to ask any questions you have.

If you are a Teacher and would like to know more about what the application process looks like for your students, and would like more information on how you can assist them, please join our Teacher Support programme with Medic Mentor Education.

Veterinary Schools

The vet schools are more likely to consider a BTEC student, with the vast majority of schools listing this in their entry requirements.  As with medicine and dentistry, there a couple that will add additional A levels to the minimum requirements, but on the whole, the majority of vet schools are welcoming Applied Science and Animal Management student to apply!

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Bristol Vet School

DDD in Applied Science BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma

Distinctions in six specified Chemistry units

  1. Applications of Inorganic Chemistry
  2. Applications of Organic Chemistry
  3. Industrial Chemical Reactions 
  4. Practical Chemical Analysis 
  5. Materials Science
  6. Cryogenics and Vacuum Technology

Surrey Vet School

Science OR Animal-Related subject and A-level Chemistry

DDD and grade A.

Royal Veterinary College

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science / Applied Science

D*D*D* overall with Distinctions in:

  • Principles and Applications of Science I (90)
  • Principles and Applications of Science II (120)
  • Science Investigation Skills or Contemporary Issues in Science (120)
  • Two of: Applications of Organic Chemistry; Applications of Inorganic Chemistry; Practical Chemical Analysis (120)

 

Royal Veterinary College

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Animal Management

D*D*D* overall with Distinctions in:

  • Animal Biology (120)
  • Animal Breeding and Genetics (120)
  • Animal Welfare and Ethics (120)
  • Practical Skills in Animal Science (60)
  • Animal Metabolism (60)
  • Advanced Animal Nutrition (60)
  • Investigative Research Project (60)

 

Royal Veterinary College

Level 3 Extended Diploma (unreformed syllabus)

Pearson Applied Science (2010 syllabus) QCF

D*D*D* overall required, including Distinctions in all the following units:

  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Physiology of Human Body Systems AND/OR Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction
  • Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques AND/OR Chemistry for Biology Technicians
  • Biomedical Science Techniques AND/OR Chemical Laboratory Techniques
  • Using Statistics in Science AND/OR Informatics in Science
  • Pearson Animal Management (2010 syllabus) QCF

 

Aberystwyth

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science / Applied Science (Biomedical Science):

D*D*D* overall with Distinctions in:

  • Principles and Applications of Science I (90)
  • Principles and Applications of Science II (120)
  • Science Investigation Skills or Contemporary Issues in Science (120)
  • Two of: Applications of Organic Chemistry; Applications of Inorganic Chemistry; Practical Chemical Analysis (120)

Aberystwyth

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Animal Management (1080)

D*D*D* overall with Distinctions in:

  • Animal Biology (120)
  • Animal Breeding and Genetics (120)
  • Animal Welfare and Ethics (120)
  • Practical Skills in Animal Science (60)
  • Animal Metabolism (60)
  • Advanced Animal Nutrition (60)
  • Investigative Research Project (60)

Aberystwyth

Pearson Applied Science (2010 syllabus) QCF

D*D*D* overall required, including Distinctions in all the following units:

  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Physiology of Human Body Systems AND/OR Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction
  • Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques AND/OR Chemistry for Biology Technicians
  • Biomedical Science Techniques AND/OR Chemical Laboratory Techniques
  • Using Statistics in Science AND/OR Informatics in Science

Aberystwyth

Pearson Animal Management (2010 syllabus) QCF

D*D*D* overall required, including Distinctions in all the following units:

  • Understand the Principles of Animal Nutrition
  • Understand the Principles and Carry Out the Practice of Biochemistry and Microbiology 
  • Understand the Principles of Inheritance and Genetic Manipulation 
  • Fundamentals of Science 
  • Chemistry for Biology Technicians OR Understand the Principles of Chemistry for Biological and Medical Science

University of Central Lancashire

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (1080 GLH)

D*D*D* Animal Management or Applied Science with at least a Distinction in the following units:

  • Animal Biology
  • Animal Health and Diseases
  • Animal Breeding and Genetics
  • Applied Science (all routes) with at least four from the following optional units:
  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Human Regulation and Reproduction
  • Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Diseases and Infections
  • Applications of Inorganic Chemistry
  • Applications of Organic Chemistry

Harper & Keele Vet School

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (1080 GLH)

D*D*D*

Animal Management with at least a Distinction in the following units:

  • Animal Biology
  • Animal Health and Diseases
  • Animal Breeding and Genetics

Harper & Keele Vet School

Applied Science (all routes) with at least four from the following optional units:

  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Human Regulation and Reproduction
  • Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Diseases and Infections
  • Applications of Inorganic Chemistry
  • Applications of Organic Chemistry

To learn more about the Veterinary application process, attend our Free Virtual Live Get Into Veterinary Medicine Conference’s for the opportunity to hear from qualified Vets about veterinary school, the application process and what is needed to apply for vet school and the opportunity to ask any questions you have.

If you are a Teacher and would like to know more about what the application process looks like for your students, and would like more information on how you can assist them, please join our Teacher Support programme with Medic Mentor Education.