How to Apply for Higher Education
All applications for full-time Honours degree and Foundation degree programmes must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
The easiest way to apply is by using the UCAS online application system at www.ucas.ac.uk. Once your school, college or careers office has signed up to use the service, you can simply complete your application via the website. Independent applicants such as mature students and international students can also use this service.
When should I apply?
There are three application deadlines for courses through UCAS - October, January and March - it is important to check the deadline for your chosen course(s).
UCAS will accept late applications throughout the remainder of the applications year and are considered by institutions at their discretion.
Students who have applied but do not hold any offers from their five applications have the opportunity to make further applications through the UCAS Extra system. Eligible students will be informed at the time. For further information about UCAS Extra please visit www.ucas.ac.uk.
The UCAS application form
One of the most important parts of the UCAS application form is your Personal Statement. Give this some careful thought and tell us about your interests and relevant experience. This is your opportunity to sell yourself, and if your grades are a little shaky our decision to accept you could rest on this statement. UCAS applications will not be processed without an independent reference; until this is received we are unable to make a decision.
Remember, Hartpury College is an Associate Faculty of the University of the West of England. The UWE institution code is BUWE B80. The Hartpury College campus code is A. Programme codes can be found within the programme entry in this prospectus, and on the UCAS codes webpage. For example, the programme entry for BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching is C600, therefore the full course code for applying on to the BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching degree is BUWE B80 C600 A.
The selection process
The application form you send to UCAS will be initially forwarded to UWE Bristol and then to us here at Hartpury for careful consideration. We will provide you with a written acknowledgement of receiving your application within seven working days. You can find out whether your application has been successful via the UCAS ‘Track’ service – visit www.ucas.ac.uk/students/track to find out more. Our decision should appear with 14 days of our acknowledgement letter; we will also confirm our decision in writing to you. Please note that you may need to attend an interview before a decision is made to accept you on to some of our programmes.
Contact details for UCAS
Applying to study part time
If you want to study your degree programme (full Honours or Foundation) on a part-time basis, apply directly to Hartpury. Simply call the Hartpury Enquiry Line on +44 (0)1452 702345 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and request a higher education part-time application form. You then send it back to our Admissions Department upon completion.
Hartpury welcomes applications from students from around the world. Please refer to our International webpages for more information relating to international entry.. We can accept a wide range of qualifications awarded overseas, and use the UK NARIC guidelines for international comparisons. For further information, visit NARIC’s website at www.naric.org.uk
What to do if you don’t get your grades
Don’t panic! If your exam results do not meet the conditions of your offer, please call the Admissions Team at Hartpury on +44(0)1452 702345 ext 2557. We should be able to help and will discuss the various options available to you.
Programmes subject to validation
If the programme you are interested in is marked with an asterisk (*), this means it is subject to validation. Please apply in the usual way, and you will be notified once the programme has been validated by UWE.
Hartpury welcomes applications from students with a wide range of qualifications, and from a diversity of backgrounds, to study for any of our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Typical offers for students studying AS, A level and VCE qualifications are expressed using the UCAS Points Tariff. The UCAS Points Tariff is a way of scoring the qualifications you are taking for entry into higher education.
UCAS Points can be accumulated from a range of different qualifications, including GCE A level/Advanced Subsidiary, Extended Diploma/Certificate and Advanced VCE Single/Double Awards.
All of our programmes require five GCSEs at Grade C to include English Language, Mathematics and Science. If the qualification for which you are studying is not listed, please contact the Admissions Department for advice. Typical offers may vary occasionally, since we consider each applicant on his or her own merits. Whenever possible we will consider you for a place at Hartpury, even if you do not meet all the requirements of a typical offer, particularly if you are a mature student.
Applicants with other qualifications or experience
We welcome applications from those who do not have the entry requirements linked to individual programmes. UWE Hartpury will consider applications on the basis of evidence of personal, professional and educational experience which indicate an applicant's ability to meet the demands of a degree. We like to give such applicants every opportunity to show that they have the motivation and ability to succeed in their chosen programme of study however we would always require evidence of the minimum required academic or professionally accredited study.
Additional minimum entry requirements
In addition to minimum qualifications previously listed all students will be required to hold a recognised English Language Qualification of at least GCSE grade C. This qualification must be gained prior to commencing studies with UWE.
Please note: that level 2 key skills in application of number and communication, level 2 certificates in adult numeracy and literacy and functional skills level 2 in Maths and English are not sufficient alternatives to GCSE Maths and English Language at grade C or above. Although they are at the same level within the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as GCSE grades A-C, they do not cover the full breadth of knowledge demanded by GCSE’s. Therefore Key Skills and Certificates in Adult Numeracy or Literacy must be offered at level 3 or higher to be accepted as alternatives to GCSE’s grade C and above.
UK Qualifications equivalent to GCSE English grade C or above
Any UK award board
CSE in English, English Language or English Studies at grade 1
CEE in English, at grade I, II or III
A2/AS Level in English Language or English Literature (but not an O level pass at A level sitting)
A2/AS Level at grade C or above in an essay based subject (essay based subjects include Sociology, History, English Literature, Media, Geography, Politics and Law)
IGCSE English Language at Grade C or above
Higher grade English
Grade C or above in the certificate of sixth year studies in English
Irish Republic Awards
Leaving certificate in English Language at grade C or above (ordinary) or grade D or above (honours)
Pass in English as a mother tongue or English as a Foreign Language
Higher or subsidiary level English at grade 4 or above
Any first, national or higher national certificate or diploma in English
A pass in any 30 credit undergraduate module prefixed with the letter ‘A’ or ‘D’
Other qualifications will be individually considered by request
UK Qualifications equivalent to GCSE Maths Grade C or above
Any UK award board
GCE O-Level mathematics (including O in SCE)
CSE in mathematics, at grade I
CEE in mathematics, at grade I, II or III
O-level or AO-level in additional mathematics
A2/AS level (or O level achieved at A-level sitting) in mathematics or in any A level subject with mathematics in its title
A2-level in statistics (but not and O-Level pass achieved at A-level sitting)
AO in statistics, additional statistics or pure mathematics with statistics
IGCSE Mathematics grade C or above
Until 1985, C or above on the ordinary grade of the Scottish certificate in education
In or after 1986, grade 3 or above on the standard grade of the Scottish Certificate of education
Higher Grade Mathematics
Grade C or above in the certificate of sixth-year studies in mathematics
Irish Republic Awards
In or after 1975 Leaving certificate in mathematics at grade C or above (ordinary) or at grade D or above (honours)
Pass in mathematics
Higher or subsidiary level in mathematics at grade 4 or above
Science, mathematics or technology are acceptable in principle but the pattern should be scrutinised to ascertain equivalence
Higher National certificate of diploma (not award) in mathematics
Any national certificate or national diploma award that incorporates a pass with merit or distinction in mathematics at level 1 or higher
A technician studies certificate that incorporates a pass with merit or distinction in mathematics at level 1. (The actual content and combination of the modules studies may also determine whether a qualification is considered to be equivalent.
A pass in any 30 credit undergraduate module prefixed with the letter ‘M’ or ‘T’
Other qualifications will be individually considered by request.
UK Qualifications equivalent to GCSE Single (single award) Grade C or above
Any UK board:
GCE O level or A2/AS level (including O in SCE) in any science subject (physics, chemistry, biology, human biology, general science, geology)
CSE in any science subject at Grade 1
First diploma in science: pass with merit or distinction
Science modules from the national diploma: pass with merit or distinction (the actual content or combination of modules studied may also determine whether a qualification is considered to be equivalent.)
A pass in any 30 credit undergraduate module prefixed with the letter ‘S’
Science , biology, chemistry, physics, physical science, co-ordinated sciences or combined science.
Acceptable International English Language qualifications for entry to Undergraduate Study.
APEIL Advanced Placement International English Language 4 or above
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English Grade B or above
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English Grade C or above
Cambridge Business Certificate Higher Grade B or above
Certificate of Attainment in English (Edexcel) Level 4 for undergraduate entry
ESOL Skills for Life level 2 Pass
City & Guilds Pitman ESOL and Spoken ESOL
ESOL Higher Intermediate Pass
ESOL Advanced Pass
City & Guilds Pitman International ESOL and Spoken ESOL:
ESOL Mastery Pass
ESOL Expert Pass
GCE O-level Grade C or above (if taken from 1975)
IELTS 6.0 for Undergraduate entry
IGCSE in English as a Second Language Grade C or above
Institute of Linguistics Advanced Certificate Grade C or above
JMB Test in English Grade 3 or above
London Chamber of Commerce and Industry EFB/EFC third level
London Tests of English (Edexcel) Level 4 for undergraduate study
NEAB University Entrance Test in English for speakers of other languages Pass
Nigeria - West African Examination Council Grade 1-6
Oxford International Business English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Credit
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Grade 50
TEEP (Test of English for Educational Purposes) 6.0 Undergraduate entry
Trinity: ESOL Graded Examinations in Spoken English Grade 11
Integrated Skills Test in English (ISE) Level III or above
TOEFL 570 Paper Based
230 Computer Based Test
80 Internet Based Test
To apply to study for a postgraduate programme you need to complete a postgraduate application form. A copy can be downloaded from the Hartpury website at www.hartpury.ac.uk or you can request a copy by calling the Enquiry Line on +44 (0)1452 702345.
The selection process is very similar to undergraduate study, however we do interview all potential students.
Important reference information
- National Certificate/National Diploma: Offers are for new NC/NDs (2003 onwards) only.
- Biological Sciences: These include Biology, Human Biology, Psychology, Science in the Environment, and Social and Environmental Biology.
- Sciences: These include Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Environmental Science, Sports Science, Physical Education or Sport Studies.
- All programmes require GCSE English Language at Grade C. Please note that the University as a rule does not generally accept Key Skills Level 2 in Communication/Application of Number as alternatives. Please contact Admissions for further information
- The BHS Stage 3 qualification is equal to 35 UCAS tariff points
- BSc (Hons)/FdSc Veterinary Nursing Science: This programme requires the RCVS entry qualifications of five GCSEs at Grade C or above to include English, Maths and a Science. Students with non-standard entry qualifications should contact the RCVS (www.rcvs.org.uk) for clarification.