If you decide to accept your offer, a contract will be formed between you and the RAU. Your rights and obligations to the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) and the RAU’s obligations to you under that contract are set out in the documents listed below which form the terms and conditions of your student contract.
- The Offer letter
- Terms and conditions of your offer - taught courses 2020/21 entry
- The Admissions Policy
- The University’s Student Protection Plan
- Programme requirements and specifications
- Registration documentation (made available at the point of the online self-registration process)
The Registration documents are: Induction week timetable, Student Handbook and programme timetable. These documents are made available as part of the registration process. Timetabling information in general is made available closer to registration. The Student Handbook is released in late August for the new academic year (click here to view the current Student Handbook).
UCAS applicants should now be able to see their offer via the UCAS Track facility.
Direct entry applicants e.g. One Year Farming (OYF) and advanced entry on degree programmes can see progress of their application on myRAU.
- If you accept a conditional offer it will remain at this stage until all of the respective conditions have been met
- Applicants with an unconditional offer will have met all conditions required for the course
- Applicants wishing to defer their offer must have satisfied all conditions by 31 August 2020 in order for a place to be reserved for you in September 2021(N.B. Due to COVID 19 extensions may be possible. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss)
Once you receive an offer from the RAU you'll be able to log into myRAU. Your username will be your eight digit student number which is printed at the top of your offer letter and your password will be your date of birth in the formal ddmmyyyy. You'll be invited to change your password on your first visit.
Conditions of your offer
Your offer is based on the information you provided on your UCAS form. It is your responsibility to provide official evidence of your qualifications.
English language requirements
All applicants must be competent in the English language and all courses require at least GCSE English at grade 4 (or C) or an equivalent qualification.
International undergraduate students for whom English is not their first language must provide evidence of English language competence equivalent to IELTS Academic 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any band. If there is an English proficiency condition in your offer, it will be stated in your offer conditions as shown on UCAS Track and on the offer letter you have received from RAU.
N.B. Covid-19: Due to the closure of English Language Test centres in many countries, the University will be accepting some additional tests for applicants who start their studies in 2020-21 academic year. Additionally, for tests that expire within two years (IELTS, TOEFL ibt, PTE) the University will accept them if taken within two and a half years from the date of entry. This is an exceptional arrangement and will only apply for entry in 2020-21 academic year. Please visit our webpage here for more information: https://www.rau.ac.uk/english-language-requirements
Booking an IELTS test
If you are planning to take an IELTS Academic test we recommend you arrange to take it early - test dates in the summer are often full so plan and book your test early.
Explaining conditional offers
My offer asks me to achieve a minimum of 104 UCAS tariff points to include A Level grades BCC. You're expected to achieve a minimum of 104 UCAS tariff points from three A Levels. The grades of BCC are indicative of what you need to achieve in each A Level subject to obtain the 104 UCAS tariff points you need for entry to the programme you have applied for.
My offer asks me to achieve IB Diploma to include three HL subjects at grades 655. You're expected to obtain the International Baccalaureate Diploma and have three Higher Level subjects at the grades showing in your offer, e.g. in this case 655.
My offer asks me to obtain 96 UCAS tariff points from at least two A Level passes, plus GCSE English and/or Maths at grade C or 4 and above. You're expected to achieve a minimum of 96 UCAS tariff points. At least two of the subjects you study and gain UCAS tariff points for entry must be studied at A Level. You're also asked to achieve GCSE English and/or Maths at grade 4 (or C) and above. This may be because you previously have not achieved the minimum required grade for these two GCSE subjects which are required for entry to all of our undergraduate programmes. If you do not show in your UCAS application that you're retaking these GCSE subjects that means that the University is asking you to retake them. If you are taking Functional skills or Key skills in Application of Number and/or Language at level 2, please contact the Admissions Office to discuss further.
Meeting the conditions set in your offer
If you are taking overseas qualifications such as SATs, Hong Kong H2, French Baccalaureate etc. You'll need to send us certified copies of your results as soon as possible and no later than 1 August. This is because it is likely that you'll need to get a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK. Please ensure that documents not written in English are accompanied by official (notarised) translations in English. You will need to present the originals during your registration.
If you're taking A Levels, Cambridge pre-U, Scottish Advanced Highers, Irish Leaving Certificate, Welsh Baccalaureate etc. The University will be able to confirm your results via UCAS if you receive your results in 2020. If you've taken them in a previous year then we'll ask for copies of your certificates to be submitted to the Admissions Office. To see a list of results that are confirmed through UCAS please visit the website: https://www.ucas.com/undergraduate/results-confirmation-and-clearing/sending-exam-results
Supporting you during your studies
The RAU provides a range of support for its students and can provide support if non-academic matters are affecting your academic progress as set out in our Assessment Regulations and Fitness to Study Policy.
If you have a disability the University will seek to support you whenever possible and reasonable to do so. If you have not yet disclosed that disability, we encourage you to do so at the earliest opportunity.
As individual students’ needs (even those with the same condition) can vary, it is important that you contact Disability Support before you accept any offer of a place to find out what type of support is likely to be available to you and what information we need to arrange it.
If you choose not to tell us about your disability, provide this information with short notice before your course or examination/assessment start dates or do not provide full information about it before or during your course, we will do our best to help you, but we may not be able to provide the full range of support which might otherwise be available to you, or there may be a delay in providing that support.
Changes to your course
Your offer of a place to study at the University is based on the latest key information which can be found on relevant page of the course pages of our website. This includes the core modules for the course and may include an indication of likely optional modules.
Information set out in the Prospectus and on the University website is accurate at the date of publication. However, changes to courses, modules, University services and the content of the prospectus may be necessary, for example, to meet the requirements of an accrediting body or to keep courses contemporary by updating practices or areas of study.
Changes to courses or modules may also be needed because of circumstances outside the reasonable control of the University, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach (where the course or module is reliant on that person’s expertise) or where the minimum or maximum number of students needed to ensure a good educational or student experience has not been met or has been exceeded.
Other circumstances outside the reasonable control of the University include unexpected lack of funding, industrial action, severe weather, fire, civil disorder, political unrest, government restrictions or serious concern about the transmission of serious illness making a course unsafe to deliver.
The University's Student Protection Plan outlines the steps the University will take in these situations.
If changes to your course are made after you have accepted your offer, the University will try to give you early notification of those changes and minimise their impact by offering suitable alternative arrangements, helping you find an alternative course or University or providing compensation where it believes there is a fair case to do so.
N.B. Due to COVID 19 the University is making changes to how it will deliver its courses in September 2020 to ensure the safety of its students and staff during the present pandemic and in accordance with guidance issued by the UK government and Public Health England. To see the latest updates please visit our website here: https://www.rau.ac.uk/about/news-and-events/news/updated-information-covid19-september
Fees and payment
Deferring your start date
The tuition fees stated on your offer letter are based on the start date shown in the offer letter. However, if you defer your entry, your tuition fees may be more than is stated in your offer letter and you should contact Admissions for more information.
If your entry is deferred, please note that the course and/or its modules, course requirements and University services and facilities as currently described in the prospectus or on our website may change for your chosen year of entry. Please keep referring to the course pages and Applicant Information sections of the University’s website where up to date information will be published as soon as it is available.
Cancelling your acceptance
After you have accepted your offer of a place, you can cancel your acceptance within the cancellation period without giving us any reason. The cancellation period runs for 14 days from the date we receive your acceptance. Further information on cancelling your acceptance, and the 'right to cancel' form can be found here as well as the Terms & Conditions document.
You can cancel your acceptance by informing the University’s Admissions Office by emailing email@example.com.
The University will collect a range of information about you as part of the application and registration procedures and in relation to your academic progress. The University and organisations we work with to deliver our courses will use this to support you on your course and for the administration and management of the University. For more information, please read our Privacy Notice.
Visas and immigration permissions
Students from outside the European Union (Non-EU) who require a visa to study in the UK, will have to attend a Right to Study check when you first arrive at the University. If you fail to attend the Right to Study check or cannot provide conclusive evidence that you have the correct visa or immigration permission, you will not be allowed to begin your course and you may be asked to withdraw from your course in accordance with the University's policy.
It is essential that you regularly read our emails and that you follow the instructions for arrival, collection of Biometric Residence Permits and Right to Study checks. You are required to meet the attendance and attendance monitoring requirements; if you do not, the University may withdraw its sponsorship of your visa and withdraw you from your course.
Any invention, device, discovery, material, product, process, computer software or any other potentially valuable results or innovation with material input by the University’s staff or as part of a collective project will be subject to the University’s Intellectual Property Policy.
Conduct and attendance
You must be aware of the University’s Regulations relating to conduct, plagiarism, academic integrity, attendance and reasonable diligence. The University can impose penalties if you do not follow these requirements, and in serious cases the University can suspend or expel you from the University.
The University is committed to providing a high quality educational experience, supported by a range of academic and administrative services and facilities. From time to time, however, things do go wrong, and if the matter cannot be resolved informally, the University provides students with a system for raising concerns and complaints about both academic and non-academic matters. The Complaints Procedure sets out a procedure for dealing with students’ complaints fairly, consistently and as quickly as possible. Students who are dissatisfied with a decision relating to a complaint they have raised may be able to complain to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) an independent body which reviews student complaints. The Admissions Policy sets out the procedure for asking for a review of decisions made in the application and admissions process.
The University will not be liable to you and you will not be liable to the University for any failure or delay when the failure is caused by a significant event beyond the University’s or your reasonable control, for example pandemic, fire, flood or industrial dispute.
The contract between you and the University is only enforceable by these two parties, the Contracts (Right of Third Parties Act (1999)) does not apply.
The Contract between you and the University is governed by English Law and is subject to any changes in law which affect this contract.
You can find the Student Offer Guide Archive here.