Vet Science & Zoology – Access to Higher Education


Study the Vet Science & Zoology – Access to Higher Education course to fast track your career in Veterinary Science and Zoology and gain instant access to an Undergraduate degree at University with UCAS points, when you study at your own pace with Upskill Online UK. You will get accountability sessions with a Coach and Mentor in addition to your course Tutor support, to make sure you pass with confidence and gain the skills and grades needed to successfully enter University. Get value for money with Upskill Online UK, where Learning Is Earning For Life.


Study the Vet Science & Zoology – Access to Higher Education course, and achieve up to 144 UCAS points entirely online in preparation for entry to University. Kick start your career and get into Veterinary Science, Animal Welfare and Clinical studies in the Animal Sector. The Vet Science & Zoology – Access to Higher Education course is a level 3 qualification – the same as 3 x A Levels, and is guaranteed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and theory needed for direct entry to an under graduate University degree course. Upskill Online UK offers you a support and accountability coach in addition to your course tutor and a highway to success plan for you to follow, giving you excellent value for money and helping you stay on track.

  • OFQUAL regulated qualification worth 144 UCAS points
  • Achieve up to 60 credits
  • Enter directly onto an Undergraduate University Degree*.
  • Is completed in only 12 months
  • Full support around your course and future plans
  • Free CV and LinkedIn support if applying for jobs.


Important dates:

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.

Qualification Number

QAN: AIM 40011562

Course Units

  • Unit 1 – Study Skills: Developing Research Skills
  • Unit 2 – Personal Development: Applying for HE
  • Unit 3 – Chemical & Acid-Base Equilibria
  • Unit 4 – Energetics
  • Unit 5 – Organic Chemistry
  • Unit 6 – Periodicity
  • Unit 7 – Reacting Amounts
  • Unit 8 – Structure & Bonding
  • Unit 9 – Body Defences
  • Unit 10 – Biological Molecules

Full Course Specification 

Awarding Body:

Open Awards is a UK-based Awarding Body regulated by OFQUAL (Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulation). They provide qualifications across multiple subject areas, such as Access to HE courses.


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UCAS upskill online uk

Our partners are a UCAS registered centre, meaning you can use this course to gain direct entry to all universities as you will also achieve up to 144 UCAS points.

Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of this you will receive the following qualification: Vet Science & Zoology – Access to Higher Education certificate. You will also achieve up to 60 credits and 144 UCAS points, which can be used for direct entry to University. The number of UCAS points awarded is dependent on the learner’s outcome of the course i.e. pass, merit or distinction grades awarded. We advise that you check with your intended University as they all have different entry requirements.

Open Awards is approved and regulated by Ofqual (Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulation). The Register of Regulated Qualifications Framework can be found on The OFQUAL Register.

Course Assessment

During the course, you will be required to complete learning activities, tests and assignments to show your knowledge and understanding of the units you have just learnt. They will count towards your overall Vet Science & Zoology – Access to Higher Education qualification and will marked and graded by your course Assessor. Your tutor will provide feedback on your work, and if any amendments are required, they will advise what is needed for you to complete that assignment.

You will be graded with a Pass, Merit, or Distinction.

Entry Requirements

You must be at least 19 years old when enrolling and should be able to communicate at a good standard level of English (Language). This Vet Science & Zoology – Access to Higher Education level 3 qualification will most likely need to be accompanied by other qualifications such as GCSE’s or Functional Skills in English and Maths. We can help you to achieve these along side your Access course, in time for University entry.

English requirements: We suggest that you have achieved a level 2 in English and / or be fluent. Please speak with one of our friendly team who will help you with this if required. If you can read this page easily, it’s a good indicator that you probably meet the required level of English to enrol on the course.


12 Months

Guided Learning Hours (GLH):

600 hours

What Next?

After you’ve completed this Vet Science & Zoology – Access to Higher Education Level 3 course you could apply directly to University for an Undergraduate degree. (Please check with your intended University for entry requirements). Most students who complete this qualification progress into the following careers:

  • Animal Technician
  • Nature Reserve Warden
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Gamekeeper
  • Veterinarian

Alternatively, you may opt for qualifications in supporting roles or a specialist course relating to your place of work.



When you enrol with us on the Vet Science & Zoology – Access to Higher Education course you will receive qualified Tutor support, as well as your very own Upskill Online UK personal mentor and accountability coach, to help keep you motivated and on track with accountability sessions. We will also help you to plan the next steps in your personal, academic or professional journey and provide your very own roadmap to success which can include employment*. You get the complete package in one place with us here at Upskill Online UK, where learning is earning for life

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