Preparing your application

Applying to university can seem daunting, especially if you're the first in your family to go into Higher Education. Before you apply, it is worth reading the information about the Gateway course and studying at the RVC carefully. Here are a few more things to think about:

  • Consider if veterinary medicine is the right thing for you. The To be a vet website might be useful. It contains information on what sort of skills you will need, some student profiles and information on possible alternative careers.
  • Trying to get some work experience? Check the advice on the To be a vet website first to get the most out of your placement.
  • If you're looking for advice you can talk your plans through with teachers at your school/college, staff at your work experience placements and family. Remember though that if you want the most accurate and up-to-date advice about available courses and current admissions requirements and policies, always check our website (and those of other vet schools).
  • If you have any questions you can always feel free to contact our Admissions Office by email to or by phone on 020 7468 5147 and we'll be happy to help.

Making your application

Step 1: Apply through UCAS

You must apply to this programme through the UCAS "Apply" system. See the UCAS website for further information, including lots of advice about how the UCAS application system works. The deadline is 15 January (18.00 GMT) for entry the following September. The course code for Gateway is D190 and the RVC's institution code is R84. You will not need a campus code.

In your UCAS application you will have to write a personal statement. This is your chance to show how you stand out from all the other applicants. There is advice on the UCAS website about writing a personal statement.

Step 2: Supplementary Gateway Application Form

The Supplementary Gateway Application Form must be completed and sent to by no later than 22 January

The information provided in this form will be used to determine whether or not you meet the eligibility criteria for the Veterinary Gateway programme.

The form also gives you the opportunity to provide any additional information you feel may be relevant to your application that you did not include in your UCAS personal statement. Further information about what is required is given in the form.

Please note, without this form and documentation we cannot process your application.

What happens next?

You may have to wait for a while to hear if you have got an interview. Our admissions calendar (below) can give you an idea of timelines.

If you are invited to interview:

Interviews are normally held in late January and February. If you are selected for interview we will send you an invitation by email at least two weeks beforehand. At the RVC we try to make interviews a useful rather than intimidating experience. Interviews are held for selected applicants at our Camden campus. The interviews will involve different stations and a group exercise. It will be very difficult to re-arrange an interview so you must ensure that you have given us any dates when you would not be available. You are welcome to bring guests with you.

It takes some time after the interviews to make our decisions (you will not be told on the day). We usually aim to notify everyone by 31 March using the UCAS Track system.

If unsuccessful:

Unfortunately we cannot interview all applicants. If you are not successful in getting an interview then we will send you an 'unsuccessful' decision directly through the UCAS Track system (the online system which allows you to track the progress of your university applications). We are not able to write to everyone individually who is unsuccessful. However, a reason for the decision will be provided to you through UCAS.

If you have any questions about applying to Gateway which aren't answered on this website then please feel free to contact the Admissions office at or on 020 7468 5147 and we will be happy to help.

2017 Admissions calendar

Summer Term Veterinary Gateway programme literature and details of information sessions are sent to all eligible schools in England and careers services.
15 October Deadline for submitting your application to UCAS if also applying for conventional entry into veterinary medicine degrees (e.g. courses with codes like D100, D101)
15 January (18.00 GMT)

Deadline for otherwise submitting your application to UCAS, but do submit it earlier if you can.

22 January

Deadline for submitting your Supplementary Gateway Application Form and the required documentation to the

Late January to February

Interviews held for selected applicants at our Camden campus. Some unsuccessful applicants will be informed at this stage through UCAS Track.

The interviews will involve different stations and a group exercise. It will be very difficult to re-arrange an interview so you must ensure that you have given us any dates when you would not be available.

End of March All applicants find out whether or not their application has been successful.
May Accommodation information sent to all applicants who have accepted offers as Firm, or who are still to respond.
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