Institution code: H12
4 to 5 years (full-time) including a one-year work placement
Harper Adams University campus (and location of work placement)
Harper Adams has specialised in providing higher education in agriculture for more than a century, producing highly capable graduates to drive this large and dynamic industry forward through an exciting range of career opportunities. If you are in any doubt as to the importance of the industry in the UK, remember about 75 per cent of the land area is used for agriculture! There are around 400 students here studying agriculture at degree or foundation degree level, either as a single subject or combining it with a related area such as engineering, animals or business. Agriculture students – or ‘agrics’ as they like to be known – aren’t just farmers’ sons and daughters. They come from many different locations and backgrounds, both urban and rural, and their reasons for studying agriculture are as diverse as their career plans.
Choosing Agriculture (with Year 0) will lead to either a foundation or bachelor's degree in Agriculture, depending on how well you perform during your first year. Please note that you will need to have some relevant work experience.
Please note: You should choose the Agriculture route if you wish to progress onto a BSc Engineering course. Progression will be dependent on meeting specific criteria
You must be at least 17½ years old,and have in the region of 6 - 9 GCSE passes at grade C or above, to include English language, maths and science. However, we judge all candidates on their individual merits and may take other skills, qualifications and life experience into account when considering applications. Mature students without formal qualifications will need to provide evidence of their ability to pursue successfully a course at this level. This may include an academic assessment at Harper Adams, taken on interview days.
The required GCSEs must be completed prior to application. Applicants doing qualifications beyond GCSE (e.g. AS level, BTEC) can expect to receive an offer asking them to complete these qualifications to show their continued commitment to their education.
For the Agriculture route you need at least 10 weeks relevant work experience.
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Seven specially selected modules in the first year will provide you with the academic and study skills you need to prepare for the rest of your higher education qualification. There are four entry routes to choose from, each of which, upon successful completion of the preparatory year, Year 0, will lead to a foundation or honours degree, depending on the percentage mark you pass with .
We have given examples of foundation or bachelor’s degrees you could consider, but as long as you meet the required percentage mark, the specific work experience needed, and have studied the relevant modules at Year 0, you will be considered for many of our courses (subject to course manager’s approval). Most modules are worth 20 credits and you must pass all of them (earning 120 credits) to pass the first year.
Assessment is via a balance of coursework and examination. Weighting is typically 50 percent course work and 50 percent exams, although certain modules, such as Academic Skills are 100 percent coursework assessed. Environmental Science and Maths Awareness are assessed 100 percent by examination.