Final assessments

Award completion

To gain the award of the Certificate of Veterinary Nursing in Emergency and Critical Care, there are three final assessments which students are required to successfully complete. These are comprised of two 90 minute and one 60-minute written assessment papers.

All the assessments will take place over one day at one of the listed exam venues.
For those successful students, official certification is made by the awarding body City & Guilds and you will be entitled to include CertVNECC in your post nominals and be presented with your official pin badge.

Final assessment eligibility

To be eligible to register for the final assessment you must have completed and submitted all assignments from the six core units. You must then complete an online final assessment application prior to the closing date for entries, and all invoices must be settled in good time prior to the assessment.

Once you have read the information below and have met the above criteria you will be able to register online for the final assessment. Applications open three months prior and close approximately six weeks prior to the assessment date.

The content of the assessment: what can I expect from the assessment papers?

The final assessments include two x 90 minute written papers and one 60 min written assessment. All papers contain short answer questions (SAQs)

Unit Final assessment component required

Time allowed

Unit 201 Paper 1 SAQ written paper.  Covers Units 1 – 3.

6 x questions (12 marks each)

90 mins
Unit 202 Paper 2 SAQ written paper. Covers Units 4 – 6.

6 x questions (12 marks each)

90 mins
Unit 203 Paper 3 SAQ written paper. Covers Units 1 – 6.

15 x questions (3 marks each)

60 mins

Paper 1 will cover units 1 – 3 and Paper 2 units 4 – 6. There are 6 questions per paper each worth 12 marks. Please note there may be some crossover between units within questions.
Paper 3 will cover aspects from all 6 units, within 15 SAQ’s each worth 3 marks. SAQ’s are supplemented in this paper by an image(s) to enable you to answer the question. Images may include but are not limited to: patient conditions, x-ray images, ECG traces, blood results etc.

You will be provided with three separate items before starting this assessment. A question paper, a reference pack containing the relevant image(s) and an answer booklet. This is a written paper, so you should write your answer after reviewing the question and the similarly numbered image in the reference pack. You would require both the reference pack and question paper to answer the question.

Final assessment fees & application

Final assessment fees are £225 + VAT. This fee is payable upon completion of your online application for the Final Assessment. Non-payment of fees by the closing date for entries may result in your application being denied.

No late entries will be accepted.


Revision materials will be made available via Moodle once you have registered to sit the final assessment. This will include sample questions, lots of additional resources and webinars.

New live revision webinars covering topics such as CPR, ECGs, Blood Transfusion and a General Revision session are available for an additional fee. Registration will be available for these sessions either individually or as a group on your final assessment application.

Tutor and centre support is also still available just contact [email protected] with any queries or questions.