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Study Weeks

City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma Veterinary Nursing and BTEC Equine Nursing Technician students must attend a number of 4 day study weeks to supplement the theoretical knowledge with practical training and assessment.

Equine Veterinary Nursing study weeks are held on a rotational basis with two induction study weeks held each year in March and September.

Students are grouped into cohorts but enrolments are taken at anytime as the distance learning material can be studied while waiting to attend the induction study weeks.

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*Please contact us to discuss if you have a VN qualification older than 5 years or a NVQ VN qualification.

International Students

All TOCES nursing programmes are open to students from outside the UK.  Practical training is provided during two four-week study week blocks, held in England.

Induction Study Week Dates

March 2018 cohort

City and Guilds and BTEC Advanced Diploma

Study week 1: 9th – 12th April 2018

BTEC First Diploma

Study week 1: 21st – 24th May 2018

What is it like at a study week?

The Study Weeks are held at TOCES in Suffolk. We enjoy meeting our students and students always say they enjoy meeting the TOCES team. Most importantly, students enjoy meeting each other – it is helpful to realise you are not the only person worrying about how much (or how little) work you have done! As well as learning a lot, you will make new friends!

We do know however that some students find the Study Week element daunting – the ‘college’ environment sounds stuffy and some students worry that everyone else will be far more knowledgeable. Please do not worry – the atmosphere is always friendly and not at all regimented – Study Weeks are hard work but great fun! You will meet a mixed and interesting group of people, mostly with the same apprehensions as yourself. Our students’ ages range from 16 to 69 and all are from different types of  background – not everyone works in the veterinary industry. Everyone is however friendly and keen to learn; we always find that our students soon get to know each other. ‘Horsey’ people always seem to have lots to talk about! So please bear in mind – although you will work hard, the atmosphere is friendly and informal!

What happens at a study week?

Study Weeks are intensive but relatively informal and include lectures and practical sessions covering the relevant modules of the course and may include visits to, and lectures by professional staff of, the Animal Health Trust, The Royal Veterinary College, Rossdales Equine Hospital and Cambridge University Veterinary School.

On the first day of the study week we will introduce the TOCES team and discuss the distance learning side of the programme. This is a great way to get to know everyone else, how they are getting on with their studies and to ask questions. Some lectures are class-room based, whereas others are of a practical ‘hands-on’ nature. Veterinary surgeons give practical lectures which include a demonstration of anatomical dissection. All of the lecturers are experts in their fields and welcome your participation in the sessions through asking questions- don’t miss this opportunity to broaden your knowledge. During the week,specially designated tutorials provide the opportunity to discuss any aspects of the course with a member of TOCES’ team.

Study Weeks include assessment of practical skills, written assessments and assessment of key skills through teamwork exercises. The grades awarded count towards the final grade awarded for the course. Study Weeks are held at set times throughout the year.


Study Week Accommodation

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