Harper Adams University is committed to bringing fresh talent into the industries we serve, regardless of background. As a result, we have developed a range of measures and initiatives to give everyone the best chance to access our undergraduate degree programmes. The main feature of Access to Harper is our contextualised offer scheme.
The aim of our Contextualised offer scheme is to make the University more accessible for those applicants who may not have previously thought that they were eligible to apply.
Put simply, if you meet criteria below to show that you have experienced an element of disadvantage in your life and/or education so far, but we believe you could succeed with the right support, we will reduce our usual entry requirements, usually by one grade, to give you a better chance of securing your place to study at Harper Adams
To be eligible for a contextualised offer you:
live in an area where it is either unusual to go to university, using a government database which determines Participation of Local Areas in higher education (POLAR 4) or it is socially or economically disadvantaged, using the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD), for each postcode.
To find out if you are eligible for a contextualised offer complete the form on the link below and our Access Team will provide you with an individualised assessment.
Your UCAS application will be carefully checked by our Admissions Team to see if you qualify for a contextualised offer and you will be advised if this is the case in our offer communications. You are welcome to contact our Access Team if you have any questions about our work to support applicants and students from a wide range of backgrounds to make a successful application and maximise their potential once on-course.
Access to Harper is for Harper Adams undergraduate degrees only. The 5 year Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery degree at the Harper & Keele Veterinary School is not included in this scheme.
Don’t let that put you off! We have access to a range of data to show us where you are from and what you might have faced. If you live in a low-participation neighbourhood (the official term for it) you could well be eligible for a reduced tariff offer.
We understand some of the challenges you might face, or anxieties you might have. Harper Adams is signed up to the Care Leaver Covenant and had made a range of commitments to support you. In addition to consideration for a contextualised offer, you will receive details of a named contact person to help with your transition to university.
|All course areas||1 grade drop from level 3 standard entry requirements|
|Extended Degree Programme||reduction of 1 GCSE grade from standard requirements (so 4 GCSEs at grade C/4 alongside Level 3 qualifications and 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 for those without level 3) must include English Language, Maths and a Science.|
|Veterinary Physiotherapy||in addition to the 1 grade drop, will reduce GCSE requirements for those with Extended Diplomas to 2 at grade B/5 and 3 at grade C/4 (must include English Language, Maths and a Science.)|
|Bioveterinary Science and Animal Production Science||2 grade drop from standard requirements|
|Agriculture||in addition to the 1 grade drop, will reduce GCSE requirements to 4 GCSEs at grade C/4 for Extended Diploma applicants (in line with standard A level requirements) (must include English Language, Maths and a Science.)|
Whether or not you feel “mature”, that’s what you are classed as if you are aged over 21 and are applying to university after some time out of education. Whether you are 23 or 63, we can support you to embark upon degree study to help you pursue your passion, advance your learning or change career entirely.
We have adjusted our standard entry requirements to make them more accessible for mature applicants, by reducing the number of GCSEs required:
All courses except EDP
3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English Language, Maths and where required Science. (If Science is not required for the course then any third subject would be acceptable) Level 3 requirements must still be met.
Extended Degree Programme
4 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including in English Language, Maths and Science for those with a level 3 qualification
We welcome enquiries from mature applicants who do not meet our standard requirements, and will happily review CVs and make recommendations prior to formal application. For mature applicants, the Extended Degree programme may be a good way to get back into Higher education.
Depending on prior relevant employment history, mature applicants may be exempt from completing the placement year, following assessment by the Course Manager, meaning that a degree can be completed in three years rather than four.
A small number of our courses (Agriculture, Engineering and Veterinary Physiotherapy and the Extended Degree Programmes) require applicants to participate in an advice and interview session. These events aim to ensure that the course you have chosen is absolutely right for you and your career ambitions. When these events take place in person, on site, we offer financial support, to help with travel costs, if you are a UK resident in receipt of free school meals or a Care Leaver. When you are invited for an advice and interview session, you will also be invited to contact the Admissions team if you are in receipt of free school meals and the team will confirm the financial contribution that you will receive, based on your distance from the university campus. We also arrange to collect all applicants from Stafford train station, free of charge.
Where an applicant is unable to travel to the campus when invited, even where financial assistance is available to them, we will be able to conduct interview and advice sessions over the phone or over video call. Any applicant in this position will not be at a disadvantage compared to others and their application will be considered in the same way.
For more information about support with interview costs, or any of our further initiatives please contact:
Faccenda (Student Centre)
+44 (0)1952 81 5000
Hear about a care leavers' experiences of going to university and the support available to care leavers.
Collectively, these initiatives form just a small part of our Access and Participation Plan. Through this Plan we have identified that we need to do more to actively encourage those from areas which are disadvantaged or where it is unusual to go to University, as well as those from a Black, Asian or other Minority Ethnic (BAME) heritage, to study with us. In doing so, we hope to enrich the graduate Talent Pool for the industries we serve, as we have recently identified that students from these groups are not as well represented in the Harper Adams’ student community as we would like. Historic data is summarised below and provides the driver for us to ensure that, whatever their background, every applicant and every student who joins us is supported to succeed and reach their full potential. Our Access and Participation Plan 2020-25 sets out how we will achieve this.