Hartpury College is one of the UK’s leading land-based and sports educational institutions. Established in 1949 as an agricultural college we have now grown into a specialist institution offering courses in sport, animal, agriculture and equine from BTECs and A-levels (Hartpury College) through to foundation and honours degrees and postgraduate study (Hartpury University Centre).
Hartpury College offers A Levels and BTEC Diplomas to over 1600 full time students, as well as short courses in leadership and management, teaching and training, animal care, dog grooming, equine studies, land based studies, first aid and health and safety.
Hartpury University Centre is currently an Associate Faculty of the University of the West of England (UWE) and has been working in partnership with UWE since 1997. Today it has more than 1500 students working towards foundation, honours and postgraduate degrees in equine, sport and animal and land studies. Hartpury University Centre is currently working towards having its own Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) which will enable us to award Hartpury degrees.
The Corporation is committed to two equal educational brands which recognises the quality of the provision we provide and the graduates which enter employment. The ambition is to be able to market and recruit to both Hartpury College (further education) and Hartpury University (higher education) programmes.
Despite our high number of HE students, we are currently a Further Education Corporation. To attain University status we would need to transfer to a Higher Education Corporation (HEC) and we’d like your support in this formal move into the Higher Education sector. By becoming an independent Higher Education provider we will be able to respond more nimbly to the needs of the sector and our students. As a HEC, we will continue to provide high quality and meaningful HE provision and safeguard the integrity of HE in the UK.
Our ethos and provision won’t change but we believe that changing our corporate structure offers the best context for us to support all our students, our staff and the sectors we serve. As a Higher Education Institution we will be even better placed to raise sector and professional aspiration, academic progression and achievement for our Further Education students.
As a student, staff member or associate of the College, we’d appreciate just a few minutes of your time to let us know what you think. We are also talking to employers, and other education providers in the region.
Read Principal Russell Marchant’s official letter to staff, students and associates of the College, explaining the reasons for our move to the HE sector and how you can support Hartpury's plans.
Hartpury College and University Centre is one of the UK’s leading land-based and sports educational establishments. The campus covers over 360 hectares and is located near to both Gloucester and Cheltenham.
Hartpury is currently an Associate Faculty of the University of the West of England (UWE) and has been working in partnership with UWE since 1997. Today it has more than 1500 students working towards foundation degrees, honours degrees and postgraduate qualifications in equine, sport and animal and land studies.
Hartpury also offers A Levels and BTEC Diplomas to over 1600 full time students, as well as short courses in leadership and management, teaching and training, animal care, dog grooming, equine studies, land based studies, first aid and health and safety.
Hartpury is one of the world’s largest equine education facilities and also regularly wins national titles in rugby and football as well as rowing, golf and netball. Hartpury was awarded ‘Outstanding’ for residential students in 2012 by Ofsted. Just last year Hartpury was further recognised by the QAA (Quality Assurance Agency) – the independent body responsible for monitoring standards and quality in higher education. In its July 2014 report, QAA commended everything from the first-rate learning opportunities and teaching at Hartpury to listening to and acting on the student voice whilst also boosting career prospects.