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As one of only three specialist colleges in the UK to be awarded ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED, Hartpury offers the perfect learning environment. We recognise that choosing where to study can be a difficult decision, but with a vast range of study options, fantastic facilities, experienced teaching staff and an excellent reputation you can trust Hartpury College to help you achieve your career ambitions.

Our Further Education provision is ranked in the top group of colleges in England offering courses in Agriculture and Countryside, Animal Care and Veterinary Nursing, Equine Studies, Sport, Outdoor Adventure and Uniformed Public Services. In addition, we offer 13 A level subjects across a full range including Art, Business, Sciences, Maths and English.

Alongside all of our further education programmes we offer a comprehensive range of enrichment activities including a varied selection of sports, health and fitness activities, equitation, debating, clay pigeon shooting and young enterprise club to name but a few.

I believe the environment we have created here at Hartpury is quite unique and it is one I am very proud of. I hope that you enjoy browsing through the courses we offer and will be inspired to join us.

Russell Marchant

Principal and Chief Executive



About us

What makes Hartpury special?

Ofsted said:

“Outcomes for learners are outstanding. Success rates and attendance rates are high..”

“…many students make exceptional progress…excellent opportunities to gain additional qualifications.”

“Students make a positive contribution to the college and external communities.”

“..very good specialist accommodation and resources..”

Sporting Academies

Founded in 2000, the Hartpury Sports Academy provides elite rugby, football, netball, golf, modern pentathlon, rowing and equestrian athletes with both high standard academic courses and the facilities and support services they require to train, compete and win at the highest level in their chosen sport. Many of our students have represented their sport at regional, national and international level.

Facilities available

Sports Academy Centre
The Hartpury Sports Academy Centre has been built to provide a top-quality training environment for members of the Hartpury Academy of Sport and Gloucester Rugby. Academy students use the centre
to improve their fitness as well as assess and monitor their performance. The centre is also the base for further education teaching and recreational sport at the College. Facilities within the centre include a fitness suite, sports hall, squash court, sports rehabilitation suite and physiotherapy consulting centre, two plunge pools, a performance analysis suite and classrooms. The centre overlooks a stadium comprising a 1st XV floodlit pitch, seating for up to 400 people and an all-weather rubber crumb pitch and is adjoined by the Hartpury College RFC Clubhouse, which is used as an additional performance analysis suite by the Hartpury RFC team and Gloucester Rugby.

The Hartpury Arena
The most recent addition to the student facilities at Hartpury is our International Equine Arena Complex, officially opened by Lord Sebastian Coe in 2007. The impressive building includes a 70 x 40 metre competition arena with additional warm-up facilities, seating for 600 spectators, teaching facilities and a panoramic restaurant. This facility complements the two indoor and four outdoor arenas, stabling for 230 horses, sports horse stud, FEI 1, 2 and 3 star level cross country courses, and extensive grazing land on campus.

Equine Therapy Centre
The Equine Therapy Centre forms an integral part of academic provision for our equine students. Practical sessions are regularly held using the high-speed treadmill, aqua-fit treadmill, digital radiography equipment and the equine operating theatre. Our on-site equine veterinary surgeon also performs a range of diagnostics including endoscopies on the high-speed treadmill, ultrasound scanning and radiographs, giving students a visual understanding of veterinary practices.

Home Farm
The College’s commercially run Home Farm, based on-campus, has gone from strength to strength since farm management company Velcourt took over the management of the operation in 2006. The 450-cow dairy unit features a rapid exit cellar parlour, cubicle housing, straw yards and pens. The 500-strong Holstein dairy herd are now averaging 8,500 litres per cow per annum. Plans are underway to expand the Dairy Unit facilities, which will allow Hartpury to increase the herd to 800 cows within the next three years.

Animal Care and Veterinary Care

The Animal Care department has an extensive range of small mammals such as rodents, rabbits and meerkats and vivarium species including reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. Large aviaries house a wide variety of indigenous and non-indigenous birds and within the fully stocked aquatics room there is a diverse assortment of tropical and cold-water fish.

The onsite veterinary facilities include a Small Animal Veterinary Hospital, Canine Hydrotherapy Unit and Grooming Parlour. The college also has a fully equipped Equine Operating Theatre and Equine Veterinary and Therapy Centre with a High Speed Treadmill and Aquatreadmill.

Learning Resource Centre (LRC)
The LRC provides information, resources and IT facilities to support learning and teaching, including books, e-books, DVDs, computers, e-resources, magazines and CDs, supported by a team of professionally
trained staff to help with all your enquiries. Wi-Fi access is available on campus.

Additional support

Student Support
Hartpury is committed to ensuring equal opportunity for all and opposes discrimination of any kind.

Students are well supported during their time on campus by:
• A designated Academic Tutor;
• A Student Services Department (Residential, Counselling, Welfare);
• A Student Finance Department;
• A Careers Guidance Unit;
• A Graduate Development Programme;
• A Learning Support Department.

Safe Environment
Coming to college is about enjoying the whole experience. It’s not just about the course you are studying, but the whole environment. This is the reason why we are constantly improving our services because we
value our students and want the best for you. We aim to provide an environment where you can:
• Stay safe;
• Be healthy;
• Enjoy and achieve;
• Make a positive contribution;
• Achieve economic well-being.

Each of these five outcomes is mutually important as people learn and thrive when they are safe, healthy and engaged in their interests.

Learner success

The college has, over several years, maintained and improved high standards of student success while student numbers have increased very substantially year on year.

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact HARTPURY COLLEGE directly.

Last updated date: 02 May 2014
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