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Undergraduate study

Extended Degree Veterinary Bioscience (with access to Veterinary Medicine)

Year of entry

UCAS code

Institution code: H12


6 years (full-time) including a one-year work placement.

Start date

September 2021


Harper Adams University campus (and location of work placement)

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This pathway is limited to a maximum of 10 candidates per annum

Extended degree programmes are a means of accessing degree study should you not meet the entry requirements for honours degree programmes. The Extended Degree Veterinary Bioscience (with Access to Veterinary Medicine) is designed to help you progress to the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery at the Harper and Keele Veterinary School through the study of subjects relevant to animals and which prepare you for university study.

This programme is specifically designed to allow students to address a deficit in the vocational skills needed to move forward to study veterinary medicine. Alongside the core Academic Skills module, you will learn companion animal management, large animal management, animal biology, veterinary-related and business skills.

You will be assessed at the end of your preparatory year to determine whether you meet the criteria to progress into the vet school. To do so, you must achieve a minimum 70% pass during the preparatory year and pass a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) assessment.

Students who fail to meet the Veterinary Medicine route criteria will still have options to progress onto the BSc or BSc Honours Veterinary Bioscience degrees at Harper Adams providing they meet the respective pass thresholds of 40% and 65% respectively.

Entry requirements

This programme is targeted at those with limited vocational experience but with academic potential, therefore Students require six passes (grade C / 4 or above) at GCSE level, including Maths, English Language and a science subject along with three A-Levels at BBB or equivalent. Additionally, students must be at least 17½ years of age at the time of registration.


To transfer to Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery students need to pass the preparatory year with a minimum of 70% average marks and satisfy additional Veterinary School entry requirements, including passing the MMI assessment which will be undertaken during the preparatory year

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