Academic requirements

Our applications criteria are intentionally broad, so that we open up the chances for study with us to as many people as possible.

You can view the full academic requirements here.

In brief, the academic entry requirements are two Advanced Highers BB (to include 1 science), five Highers at AABBB to include at least 2 science subjects (chemistry, physics, biology, human biology), plus N5 (A-C) in English, Maths/Applications of Maths, and a science subject.

Work experience

Prior work experience is an important feature of the admissions process for all veterinary programmes. 

SRUC has a mission led admissions policy and work experience undertaken is an important indicator of an applicant’s alignment with the SRUC mission to support rural/remote communities and the Scottish agricultural and food industries. 

Applicants should provide detailed information about their practical experience in the appropriate section of their UCAS form and Work Experience Summary (only work completed by the time of expected interview can be considered).

No minimum amount of experience is required with candidates being expected to demonstrate recent and relevant practical experience in primarily large animals (farm and horses) and veterinary practice environments, in line with the school’s mission.

SRUC recognises that an individual’s opportunities are very dependent on availability and their resources and if this has not been possible, please notify us directly.

SRUC expects candidates to research the veterinary profession and the breadth of opportunities.  The Virtual Work Experience and Exploring the Veterinary Profession MOOC is an example of an available resource.

Work experience is undertaken so that applicants have some insight into veterinary practice and the associated industries.  It is also a valuable opportunity to develop social and organisational skills, as well as experience life in rural communities.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to include other work experience they have undertaken, particularly in public facing roles (paid or voluntary) on their Work Experience Summary form.