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Admissions process

All applications for the course should be submitted via UCAS, applicants will also be required to submit a Vocational Experience Form in addition to their UCAS application. The institution code for the Harper and Keele Veterinary School is H25 and the course code is D100. The application deadline for the course is 15 October 2021.

Applicants should ensure that they are available for a selection event between November 2021 and March 2022. Due to the number of applicants who will attend the selection events, we may not be able to offer alternative slots. All applications will be assessed and scored taking into account the personal statement, reference, work experience and entrance qualifications. Due to the large numbers of applications expected, we will be unable to invite all applicants to a selection event. The selection events are planned to take place onsite and will consist of a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) format, and will be designed to assess the various attributes of the applicants.

Applicants will also have the opportunity to indicate their preferred ‘host’ campus once they have received an offer, but this cannot be guaranteed.

The outline Admissions Policy for the programme can be found below. Additional information and aligning policies will be added as they are developed and in time for the UCAS application window.

For all admissions queries please contact admissions@hkvets.ac.uk.

Fees

Details of the course fees and other additional costs for the 2021/22 academic year are outlined in the fees and charges booklet.

Information on Student Finance support can be found at:

Entry requirements

For a full list of entry requirements, please visit the Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVetMS) course page.

Advice on Admissions for applicants with a disability or health condition

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) requires all students, who graduate with an accredited Veterinary degree, to meet all ‘Day One’ competencies at the point of graduation.  

We welcome confidential pre-application discussions with potential applicants regarding the practical implications of any disabilities or health conditions on ability to meet ‘Day One’ competencies.  During such discussions we can outline any potential reasonable adjustments the school can take to support you in your studies, in order to assist us with this you will be required to complete a health assessment questionnaire.  All discussions will be held in confidence and will not impact on an applicant’s subsequent application.

If you have queries on the above please email in the first instance to admissions@harperkeelevetschool.ac.uk

Please see the following links for further information:

Financial support

At the Harper and Keele Vet School we recognise that pursuing your dream career in veterinary medicine can be costly (but totally worth it!), and we’re here to support you every step of the way.

There are transport and accommodation costs associated with completing extra-mural studies (EMS) and whilst you may get some paid opportunities along the way, such as working during lambing season, there will be other opportunities that will be unpaid and the reward is in the essential experience you gain. However, this can add up and is why we have a flexible package of support to help students with these placement costs, when they need it. Support is available throughout your studies and you can apply for the support once you are on the course. You would have to demonstrate a ‘need’ for the additional financial support, as well as a sensible approach to spending and EMS planning.

There is also further support available through hardship funds (either a grant or a loan, depending on personal circumstances against common published criteria), managed by your host institution. These funds are available for all students to apply for, and are there to support those who find themselves in further or unexpected financial difficulty, such as emergency dental treatment or a car repair, or for those students who simply find that there is more money going out on essentials, than there is coming in, once they’ve planned their budget. We also offer advice on budgeting and ways to make your money stretch a bit further and staff at both sites can assist students in seeking part-time work and scholarship opportunities.

Contextualised offers

A contextualised offer is an offer which is reduced, by one grade or more from the standard entry requirement and is made to those applicants who may have experienced personal circumstances which might have hampered their education, such as attending a low achieving, target school and also living in an area where it is unusual to go to university or which is disadvantaged or being a Care Leaver. The aim of the scheme is to make the University more accessible for those applicants who may not have previously thought that they were eligible to apply.

To be eligible for a contextualised offer you:

  • must live in an area where it is either unusual to go to university, using a government database which determines Participation of Local Areas in higher education (POLAR 4) or it is socially or economically disadvantaged, using the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD), for each postcode
  • must be a UK resident

OR

  • Identify as a Care Leaver as indicated on your UCAS form.

Your application will routinely be checked to see if you qualify for a contextualised offer and you will be advised if this is the case in our offer communications.

If you are eligible for a contextual offer you will receive a 1 grade drop from level 3 standard entry requirements.

Alternative routes to study Veterinary Medicine at The Harper and Keele Veterinary School

Extended degree – Veterinary Bioscience (With Access to Veterinary Medicine

This programme provides a preparatory year of study before students are assessed for access to the BVetMS degree. Students must achieve a minimum pass rate of 70% in year zero and pass the Multi-Mini Interview assessment, as required by all vet school candidates. Up to 10 places are available on this programme each year.

For full details visit the course page on the Harper Adams website.

Foundation year Biology at Keele University

This programme provides a preparatory year of study before students are assessed for access to the BVetMS degree. Students must achieve a minimum pass rate of 70% in year zero and pass the Multi-Mini Interview assessment, as required by all vet school candidates. Up to 10 places are available on this programme each year.

Full details about how to progress from the Biology Foundation at Keele University can be found on the course page.

Access via other animal science degrees at Harper Adams University

Students currently completing year 1 of the following awards at Harper Adams, with a minimum pass rate of 70% and subject to results of the Multi-Mini Interview assessment, can also progress on to the BVetMS. Up to 5 students will be accepted into the vet school on this basis in 2021. Candidates will be ranked by performance and the top five will be eligible to progress.

Access via degrees at Keele University

Students currently completing year 1 of the following awards at Keele University, with a minimum pass rate of 70% and subject to results of the Multi-Mini Interview assessment, can also progress on to the BVetMS. Up to 5 students will be accepted into the vet school on this basis in 2021. Candidates will be ranked by performance and the top five will be eligible to progress.

  

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