Harper and Keele Veterinary School


Harper and Keele is a brand new veterinary school that is brought to you by joint effort of Keele University, which has been offering a medicine course for a while now, and Harper-Adams, a university specialising in animal and agricultural sciences. With their combined knowledge and expertise they aim to bring you a novel veterinary course that will make the most of the facilities and experience of each campus. Like Surrey and Nottingham Veterinary Schools, Harper-Keele will promote a practical hands-on approach to learning along with an emphasis on case-based learning. You can also expect a lot of weight to be placed on large animal veterinary along with a large variety of on-campus animals from your average house-hold pet to nocturnal species.

Key Points

  • 2 campuses
  • Farm on campus
  • Companion animal facilities

About the university Compare

Key Information
Email[email protected]
Phone numberKeele: +44 (0)1782 732000 Harper Adams: +44 (0) 1952 820280
Course Information
Teaching styleVocational
As aforementioned, this is a highly practical course. They will also integrate a clinical context from year 1. In order to facilitate this learning style the following methods are used:
Exposure to the farm and companion animals on site at Harper Adams along with the laboratory facilities found at both Harper and Keele are maximised – you will spend a lot of time around these.
Small group teaching to facilitate information from lectures and develop the confidence of individual students.
Case study based learning is used to integrate a real life clinical context into the teaching.
Clinical teaching offers a variety of cases.
Lectures are led by experienced educators and practical classes/tutorials will make use of practising vets and clinical specialists to deliver the lessons.
Course length5 years
Courses offered1 course offered
Graduate entryYes
Foundation or accessNo
Alternative ways of entering the course are being developed.
University Life
Local areaHarper Adams – Shropshire
This small homely campus is located in the heart of the beautiful Shropshire countryside. You will find a variety of animal handling facilities as well as a teaching hospital on this campus as well as an on-campus farm. Keele – Staffordshire
As the larger of the two campuses, Keele offers a more authentic campus experience. You can expect fantastic teaching facilities and laboratories as well as a vibrant on-campus club but the trade-off is the lack of handling facilities on campus.
Social lifeSince the surrounding area is fairly quiet you can find almost everything you need on-campus. Both campuses have on-site clubs/pubs to satisfy your night-life as well as local pubs in the area. The student-union is quite pro-active in organising fun events for the students so you can expect to be entertained on your nights out. Each campus has a large range of clubs and societies as well as their own sports-centres. The greatest advantage of Harper-Keele in terms of social life is the opportunity to make the most of events, facilities and societies of both campuses meaning if you can’t find what you need on one, the chances are you’ll find it on the other.
Interview styleMMI
Interview datesNovember - March
Interview topics
  • Roleplay (Animal handling and customer communication).
  • Ethics.
  • Observational skills/large animal knowledge (this took place at the farm on the Harper-Adams campus).
  • Practical aptitude test.
  • Interpreting a mock consultation/chat about your personality and ability to handle stress.
Academic Requirements
GSCESubjects required: Science and Additional Science (or Biology, Chemistry and Physics).
Grades required: All applicants must have a minimum of five GCSEs at grades at A/7 or above including Science and Additional Science (or Biology and Chemistry).
With at least a grade B/6 in:
English Language.
Physics (if taken as a separate GCSE).
Subjects required: Chemistry and Biology.
Grades required: Grade A required in Biology OR Chemistry.
Second science subject at grade A (including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Further Maths and Statistics).
Third subject of your choice at grade B.
Retake policyYes
Applications are considered from applicants who are retaking their A-Levels along with re-admissions.
Scottish highersSubjects required: Biology and Chemistry.
Grades required: AABBB minimum.
Scottish advancedSubjects required: Biology or Chemistry.
Grades required: AA
IBSubjects required: Biology or Chemistry, a second science subject and a third subject of your choice.
Grades required: 34
6,6,6 at Higher level.
Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only)Grades required: 2:1 in any honours degree plus minimum of BBB at A level (including Biology or Chemistry).
Those with 2:1 or 1st in an animal-related or bioscience discipline who don’t meet the A-level requirements will be considered.
Irish Leaving CertificateSubjects required: Biology and Chemistry.
Grades required: H2, H2, H2, H2, H2, H2 OR H1, H2, H2, H2, H2, H3
Access to Higher Education DiplomaBreakdown:
Pass with 45 level 3 credits at Distinction. Diplomas must be science based and include:
A minimum of 15 level 3 credits in Biology or Chemistry.
An additional 15 level 3 credits in a second science subject.
International/EUFor further information contact the admissions team: [email protected]
Birkbeck University Certificate of Higher Education in Subjects Allied to MedicineN/A
Kite-marked level 3 Access courseN/A
Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge CertificateIf taken alongside a 3rd A level, you will still need:
2 A levels (Grade A) including Biology or Chemistry.
Another science (which can include Biology and Chemistry).
BTECClick the link for the full breakdown:
Cambridge Pre-UN/A
Admission AssessmentN/A
Work ExperienceMinimum of 6 weeks:
2 weeks – in one or more veterinary practices, ideally for both large and small animals.
Up to 4 weeks – non clinical placements (e.g. farms, stables, laboratories, abattoir).
Number of PlacesN/A
Number of UK/EU applicants per placeN/A
Number of non-UK/non-EU applicants per placeN/A

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