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    BSc (Hons) + Foundation Year Veterinary Bioscience (with access to Veterinary Medicine)*

    Key information

    Select a year of entry

    Level of study


    UCAS code

    Institution code: H12


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

    Start date

    September 2024


    Harper Adams University campus (and location of work placement)

    This pathway is limited to a maximum of 10 candidates per annum. The equal consideration deadline for this course is 16th October 2023.

    The Foundation Year Programme offers a route to undergraduate study: giving you the skills, confidence and resilience required to succeed in Higher Education. After successful completion of the BSc (Hons) Veterinary Bioscience (with access to Veterinary Medicine) + Foundation Year will be eligible to transfer to the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery degree at the Harper and Keele Veterinary School providing transfer conditions are met.  
    You will learn key skills and knowledge, both core and subject-specific, and how your chosen area of study fits into the challenges and opportunities of the modern global landscape. Through reflective approaches, you will develop and monitor your own personal learning journey.  

    This programme will help you build on a foundation of skills and knowledge developed in the classroom and practical/vocational environment. This will enable you to undertake independent and collaborative tasks, supported by workshops, masterclasses (in person and online – delivered by internal and external experts) and targeted individual mentoring.     

    Your Foundation Year involves varied assessments that develop your personal skillset and also that relate to the programme which you will progress onto. You will be able to demonstrate your knowledge and skills through verbal, written, practical and collaborative tasks that will provide a broad underpinning for your ongoing academic journey.  

    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.

    Progression criteria

    • To transfer to Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, they will need to achieve an average of 70% across the Foundation Year Programme. Students will also be required to successfully pass the Harper Keele Vet School Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) assessment, which will be undertaken during the Foundation year. This pathway is limited to a maximum of 10 candidates per annum.

    What does HF mean? You might notice that the modules on this page have the letters HF in the code. This denotes a module that has been developed as part of the Harper Forward Curriculum Review, through which new versions of existing courses and some entirely new courses have emerged. Teams of university employees have worked with past and present students, employees, industry organisations and more to build these programmes, ensuring every route is able to shape the types of graduate each sector needs, is aligned to relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals and is built to ensure every student leaves the university embodying a specific set of Harper Graduate Attributes, namely that they Care for people and planet, have a Global mindest, have vital Digital skills, seek continued personal Growth, can apply Practical skills as well as knowledge and are both Inspired and Inspirational.

    Course fees

    The latest fees for this course can be found in our fees and funding section. You will also find course related costs, specific to this course in this area.

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