There is also much less competition for one of these "thicko" places, only about four applicants per place it seems.
Thanks for your support. I don't think they are all necessarily "thicko" courses exactly, in the case highlighted in the OP you have to get the same grades but with only one science. It does seem crazy, though, that the university in question has 30 or so of these courses and only 100 for those entering via the more traditional route. Especially when what most vet colleges are looking for is passion and commitment. This is an aspect that really had not occurred to us when DD set out on this route.
It is glaringly obvious that the easiest way for a bright grammar school child to get a place at vet school nowadays is to move to a comp or FE college to do A-levels (making sure to do the "wrong" ones) then opt for one of these "Gateway"-style courses. The offer will be lower and the competition vastly easier.
Indeed so. It does make you wonder whether we are coming at this the wrong way. We could of course disown her, so that the fact that her parents went to university and have always been supportive doesn't have to be a millstone around her neck...