Institution code: H12
4 to 5 years (full-time) including a one-year work placement
Harper Adams University campus (and location of work placement)
Business courses appeal to students of all ages, interests and backgrounds, which is why we have such a diverse and vibrant community at Harper Adams. However, one thing they all have in common is a desire to learn more and gain a valuable qualification that will set them on their chosen career path, whether that be in general business management or marketing, or focussed on a particular sector.
Harper Adams is located in Shropshire, which has long been at the heart of the development of international trade. Ironbridge, just 20km from the university, and now a UNESCO world heritage site, was the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. The subsequent development of the canal system enabled the distribution of international imports and exports from England’s second city, Birmingham, including steel chains, jewellery, cars and chocolate.
Today, Shropshire and the West Midlands are home to a lively business community, with a vast range of urban and rural industries, and have easy access to the major centres of Europe and beyond, with Amsterdam, Paris and Geneva just one to two hours away by air.
The Extended Foundation Degree Programme Business route, which will take you through Year 0 onto a relevant foundation or bachelor's degree in Business, is the ideal starting place for your business and marketing career.
Please note: You should choose the Business Management with Marketing route if you wish to progress to a Food bachelor's degree. 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 and maths. 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.
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Eight 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). You must pass all modules (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.