This four-year course aims to provide students with an understanding of recent developments in animal science, the underlying scientific principles, and how these can be applied to animal production systems. This is a strongly science-based course, combining the study of pure and applied sciences as they relate to farm animals. It is ideal for those who enjoy studying science and how scientific principles can be used to prevent disease and improve the health and welfare of farm animals, and who want to learn more about the biology of farm animals and how food animals are produced on farms. There is a good proportion of laboratory work, although not ‘animal experimentation’ in its sensationalist form. The course also includes some study of how modern technologies can be used to maintain and improve health. 4 years (full-time) including a one-year work placement. A three year programme is available for applicants with at least two years, full-time relevant work experience. Please contact Admissions for further information on this option.
A wide range of assessment methods are used. Depending on the module these include examination, assignments, practical spot-tests and presentations.
How to apply
This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.
Republic of Ireland
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Applicants must have a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English Language, Maths and a Science. An understanding of a biological science based subject, for example Biology, Human Biology, Applied Science or Physical Education would be preferable. We would welcome applications from candidates offering other evidence of their suitability for this programme. When combining qualifications, no more than one Subsidiary Diploma will be considered alongside A levels (2 A levels for BSc and 1 A level for FdSc) Applicants are encouraged to gain around 6 weeks relevant work experience with animals before the start of the course.
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Additional entry requirements
This course is eligible for the Harper Adams Excellence and Opportunity Scheme. This Scheme recognises and rewards a limited number of applicants whose academic performance to date and anticipated level three achievements, when considered against the normal entry requirements, are excellent. Eligible applicants will receive an Unconditional offer, that is with no conditions attached. Applicants who also qualify for the Access to Harper Scheme on the basis of disadvantage will be assessed against a slightly lower threshold of ‘excellence’ so that their prior performance is judged in line with the offer grade adjustment, which is normally by one grade.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|