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COVID 19 / 2021 UCAS Deadline FAQs

My school is closed and I cannot complete my UCAS application by the deadline, can I still apply?

Yes absolutely! The UCAS deadline for 2021 entry has been extended until 29th January however, where we have places available, no applicant will be disadvantaged for submitting a ‘late’ application. (Where a course is closed it will be clear on our website and on UCAS course search.)

My exams have been cancelled – what happens now?

At this stage all we can advise is that you remain in contact with your school or exam centre. We expect the majority students to receive a calculated grade, but how this is done is yet to be determined and will vary by qualification type. You should continue with your studies where possible to ensure that you do not lose valuable study habits and techniques which you will need when you come to University.

My exams have been cancelled – what happens to my offer?

At this stage your offer still stands. We currently expect the majority of those who were due to sit exams to have a final grade awarded in the summer. We will use these grades to confirm places on courses but will exercise as much flexibility as we can where applicants do not meet their offers due to the situation.

My exams have been cancelled and I will not be getting a grade – what should I do?

We understand that a small number of applicants, typically those who are studying a qualification as an independent candidate or one who is doing a resit, may not get a final grade. If you find yourself in this position, please obtain written confirmation from your exam centre and then contact the Admissions Office. We will do everything we can to support you. We do not have a blanket policy for this and will review each case on an individual basis with the relevant Course Manager.

My exams are still going ahead – am I now at a disadvantage?

If your exams are currently still going ahead, then please continue to study for them and sit those exams to receive your outcome qualification. Hopefully you will continue to do well and meet your offer conditions, however, we will apply as much flexibility as possible to all applicants who do not meet their offer conditions in recognition of the circumstances we are currently in.

I am worried I am not going to meet my offer conditions in the summer – what happens now?

In recognition of the circumstances we are currently facing, we will exercise as much flexibility as we can when confirming places to applicants in the summer. We hope that we can place the majority of applicants on their chosen course, however where this is not possible, we will seek to offer a suitable alternative from our range of courses, including our Extended Degree programme. The Admissions team will contact any applicant in this position to discuss their options when results are received.

My offer contains work experience, but I am struggling to get it, what should I do?

We understand that getting new work experience is particularly difficult due to lockdowns and social distancing, especially in small settings such as vet practices. We have extended the validity period of required work experience to include time pre-pandemic. We are also accepting a wider range of experience than we would have previously. Details of this are on the course pages of the website. However we know that for some applicants it will be a struggle to get the work experience that they need. Please contact the Admissions Office if you are in this situation. In many cases we will be able to extend the deadline for the experience to be completed within and may be able to provide suggestions on what else you could do. As we still value prior work experience, we are keen to see evidence that you have at least tried to gain experience so having evidence of trying to gain experience and copies of emails where you have unfortunately been turned down will go a long way to demonstrate your commitment to gaining a place on the course.

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General FAQs

I am interested in applying to Harper Adams University, when can I visit the campus?

Campus Tour Afternoons and Open Day dates are listed on our website, if you would like to attend an event please follow the instructions to register online.

My qualifications aren’t listed on the entry requirements, what should I do?

If the qualifications you have completed or are currently studying are not listed please contact the Admissions Team who will be happy to advise you on your eligibility.

I am mature student struggling to obtain an academic reference, what should I do?

We will need a reference before we can offer a place for the course but if you are having difficulties with this please contact the Admissions Team and we will advise you.

Are there any part time or distance learning undergraduate degrees available?

At present all of our degree courses are full time and we do not offer any distance learning programmes. We do however run a number of apprenticeship programmes.

Do you consider late applications?

The UCAS application facility opens in September and all ‘on-time’ applications must be submitted by 15th January. 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.

Do I have to do a placement year?

Placement years are a compulsory, assessed part of our degrees. We have found employers really like this feature of our courses and it helps graduates to find a job after they have completed their studies. In a small number of circumstances, those with significant relevant experience working in industry, upwards of at least 2 years, may be exempt from placement, however, this experience would need to be assessed by the Course Manager against the learning outcomes required for placement. We recommend however, that even those students with experience complete a placement year. If you have any questions regarding the placement year please contact the Admissions Team.

Can I apply for deferred entry?

We welcome applications from candidates who have chosen not to enter higher education directly from school/college, particularly if they are gaining further practical work experience.

A year between school and college can be beneficial in enhancing a student's maturity and motivation. If you are thinking of taking a year out you can apply in the usual way in your final year at school/college, indicating the year of entry on your UCAS form. If you later decide that you wish to begin university earlier, please contact the Admissions Officer as soon as possible. Also remember that, you can also apply to us during your gap year. Please note that if you apply for deferred entry, you will need to fulfil the terms of any offer during the application cycle, so unfortunately you are unable to use a “gap” year to obtain any required work experience.

I am holding a place at another institution but I have changed my mind, what should I do?

If you are now considering applying to Harper Adams University please contact the Admissions Team via email stating your qualifications and the course(s) you are interested in. Please do not withdraw from the offer you are currently holding until we have let you know whether we are likely to consider an application from you.

What is a changed course offer?

Where an applicant has not achieved the conditions of their offer for entry onto their intended course, we may consider offering an alternative course, which the applicant can then choose to accept or decline. We would only do this where places are available and where it is deemed appropriate for the individual, taking the entire application into account.

What does 'subject to validation' mean?

Validation is the process through which courses are initially developed and then improved to give students the very best experience, taking into account employer feedback and subject developments.

What is a top-up degree?

If you have a foundation degree or HND you may be able to convert it to a full degree with an extra one year of full-time study, depending on your existing qualification and whether you top-up to a BSc or a BSc honours degree. Having a full degree really does open more doors to graduate level employment or running you own business. If you are interested in a top-up degree, please contact the Admissions Team for advice regarding your eligibility.

What are the term dates for the next academic year?

A list of the term dates can be found on the Key Information page.

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