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How to Apply

Applying through UCAS

To apply for our full time undergraduate courses you must apply through UCAS. Your school or college should be able to give you guidance on the application process. If you have left school/college or are a mature entrant, you should visit the UCAS website for information on applying.

The UCAS application facility opens over a year in advance in the May and Universities start to receive applications in September and all ‘on-time’ applications must be submitted by the last Wednesday in January of the year you wish to apply for (or the year before if taking a gap year). Any applications submitted after this date will be classed as ‘late’ and institutions are not obliged to consider them. However, where we still have places available, we guarantee to review late applications.

The 'Apply' pages of the UCAS website give detailed guidance on completing your application so please read it carefully. The system is easy to follow with help links at every stage to make applying as simple as possible. Please note, you can only apply once in a cycle.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are specific to each course, for more information on entry requirements please visit the specific page for the course you wish to study. If you have a qualification that is not listed, you are welcome to contact the Admissions office for advice before making your application.

Minimum age requirements

To study on a degree or foundation degree course at Harper Adams you must normally be 17 by the start date of the course in the year of your entry and must turn 18 no later than the 1st May during the first year of study. Students must abide by regulations set out by the University for students under 18 years of age, which includes a requirement for under 18 year old students to reside in on-campus accommodation for their first year. International students must also have an emergency contact based in the UK.

Your UCAS application

  • Register for your Apply account and enter your personal details, ensuring names and email address are entered accurately. You also don’t have to use all 5 choices from the outset, you can submit your application with just one choice if you wish and add others later.
  • You can choose up to five courses, there’s no preference order and we won’t be able to see where else you have applied. You can apply for more than one course at any institution.
  • You can apply for deferred entry if you wish to take a gap year before starting your studies.
  • Please ensure you carefully enter all of your academic qualifications and list any qualifications you are currently studying.
  • Before submitting your application you should ensure that all sections have been completed in full as this will reduce the need for us to request additional information from you once your application has been received.

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is the first real opportunity for you to tell us all about you and we want to get to know you! We are not interested in quirky opening quotes from old books or poems, just a genuine insight into who you are and what you want to do.

When reviewing your statement, we will be looking to see that you have a genuine interest in the area(s) of study that you have applied for, and that you have the motivation to succeed. You should ensure that your statement is relevant for all the courses that you have applied for. This is more difficult if you have applied for five different courses, so it is important to bear this in mind when deciding which courses (and institutions) to apply for.

Key things to include in your statement are:

  • Details of relevant work experience, and what you learnt from it.
  • Details of extra-curricular activities, such as involvement in sports teams, volunteer work, membership of clubs (for example Young Farmers, Army cadets).
  • Where your interest in the subject area came from and your career aspirations upon completion of the course.
  • Feel free to include details of anything else you wish for us to know, including any obstacles you have had to overcome.

Your personal statement (as well as your reference and qualifications) will be used by the Course Managers and Admissions Team to make a decision on your application, so it is important to spend time getting it right.

Your reference

We require an academic reference from your current school or college, or from the most recent educational institution you have attended. Everyone needs a reference, unless you get permission from your chosen universities that this is not required. If you have been out of education for some time, an employment reference may be more appropriate with prior agreement.

Please ensure that your application is completed in its entirety before submission. If any information is missing it may delay the processing of your application.

International students

If you are a from outside the UK and Ireland and are planning to study a full time undergraduate degree you will need to:

  • Apply through UCAS - we do not accept direct applications, all International applications are checked in the same way as those for home students
  • Ensure that you are aware of the visa requirements. Those who need permission to enter the UK are subject to additional entry requirements as determined by UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI). The latest Student Visa guidance is available at

To comply with UKVI regulations, those candidates who are potentially suitable will be required to have an interview via an online web-based system such as Skype.

How do I get a Student Visa?

You will only be able to apply for a visa once your offer has been made unconditional and we have all the information we need to issue you with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number. At the time of applying for your visa you must prove to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) that you have enough money to cover both your fees and living costs as well as meeting other UKVI criteria, such as a valid TB clearance for some students. The most up to date guidance can be found on the government website. For more information on this please contact

For more information on international study take a look at our international pages.

Deadline for applications

You can start applying for courses from the May the year before you wish to study (although UCAS don’t release applications to Institutions until September), to the following January. Applications received by the last Wednesday in January of the year you wish to apply for (or the year before if taking a gap year) will be on-time and will receive equal consideration. Those received after this and until the end of June will be classed as late and will be considered where places are still available. Applications made from July will be considered as part of the Clearing process. 

Open days

You are encouraged to attend an undergraduate open day or campus tour afternoon before and during your application process. You are welcome to attend as many of these as you wish. 

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