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Reviewing your application

This section explains what will happen with your application to study at Harper Adams once it has been submitted to us. Your application will be reviewed by our Admissions Team alongside our Course Managers before a decision is made.

When will I hear?

We endeavour to begin to process applications within a few days of receipt. You will receive an email acknowledgement when your application has been successfully imported into our system, which could be a few days after you have submitted it on UCAS. We may need to contact you for further information if we are unable to consider your application without it, so please ensure that you regularly check your emails. This may include copies of certificates, details of work experience completed or anything else which may be missing from the UCAS form. Some courses (Extended Degree Programme and Veterinary Physiotherapy) and international students require an interview before a decision can be made on your application, and we will arrange this with you if necessary. The latest date by which all universities must advise you of their decision is usually early May (for on-time applications).

Interview afternoons

Interviews for our Extended Degree Programme and Veterinary Physiotherapy course will take place either on campus or virtually taking into account any Covid-19 restrictions or government advice in place at the time. Where we are able to invite you to campus for your interview, we will invite you for the afternoon so you can also enjoy a campus tour. 

Interviews for other courses will only be required on an ad-hoc basis should the Course Manager wish to discuss any aspect of your application and for all potentially suitable applicants who require visa sponsorship.

We aim to keep our interviews as relaxed as possible, we are not trying to catch you out. The main purpose is to ensure that you are suitable for the course and that the course is right for you.

Your interview will be with a member of the course team to which you have applied. You can expect to be asked about:

  • the reasons behind your course choice and career aspirations
  • any work experience you have completed and what you felt you gained from it
  • questions relating to the area you have applied for (such as latest developments or media stories).


For information about interviews at Harper Adams University please click here.

How will I find out if I have been successful?

Following interview, we aim to make decisions within 2 weeks, although in most cases you will hear from us sooner. All decisions will be shared with you via UCAS track so we recommend you check this regularly. You will also receive an email from us containing other important information.

If you did not require an interview, you can expect to receive your offer within 10 days of receipt of your application. If we have requested additional information from you, it will take a little longer to review your application.

If you do receive an offer from us you will need to wait until you have heard from all of your chosen universities before you are able to make your firm and insurance choices. UCAS track will tell you the date by which you need to make a decision.

If you are unsuccessful we will write to you personally to explain the reason for our decision and offer advice for any future applications where applicable.

Conditional/unconditional offers

If you receive an offer it will either be conditional or unconditional.

A conditional offer means you still need to meet some of our requirements, which could be exam results, amount or type of work experience, English language requirements or other conditions such as deposits for international students.

An unconditional offer means that you have met all of our requirements and will have a confirmed place at Harper Adams University should you choose to accept it.

Once you have an offer from Harper Adams University, please visit the proceeding with your application page.

Contact us

We are happy to answer any questions you may have, either by phone or email.

Faccenda (Student Centre)
+44 (0)1952 81 5000

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