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Frequently Asked Questions

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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