Courses at Hartpury College

We offer a wide range of Diplomas and Technical Qualifications in our specialist areas of Sport, Equine and Animal Management and Science as well as in Agriculture, Farm Mechanisation and Agricultural Engineering, Outdoor Adventure and Uniformed Public Services.

Our A Level offer is unique – combining academic study with a world of enrichment opportunities – and we’re skilled at helping students to balance their elite sport commitments and their studies.

All of our courses offer clear progression routes through to university courses and the world of work. All students work not only towards their main qualification, but also the Hartpury Certificate.

If you want to find out which course level is right for you, scroll to the bottom of the page. 


Course Subject Area Level Duration
Access to Higher Education Diploma (Land-based Studies – Animal Science and Welfare) Animal Access to Higher Education 1 Year
Level 2 Diploma Animal Care Animal Diplomas 1 Year
Level 3 Diploma Animal Management Animal Diplomas 1 Year
Level 3 Extended Diploma Animal Management Animal Diplomas 2 Year
Level 3 Extended Diploma Animal Management (Science) Animal Diplomas 2 Year
Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma Animal Management Animal Diplomas 1 Year

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Which qualification is right for you?

  • A Levels

    Our A Levels focus on traditional study skills and students study three A Levels for around six hours per week; that’s more teaching hours than the majority of sixth forms and colleges. They are also supported to access compulsory enrichment with opportunities and clubs relating to their area of interest, ensuring they stand out from the crowd when they apply to university or move on to employment. Each subject is studied as a single two-year qualification with assessment at the end.

  • Diplomas

    Our Diplomas and Technical Qualifications in our specialist subject areas have the same academic value as A Levels (a two-year Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels) but are more practical and work-related, without missing out on any of the important subject theory. As well as exams and other methods of continuous assessment, practical skills assessment is based on performance in real life situations and work experience.

  • Apprenticeships

    Apprenticeships generally provide an ideal opportunity to ‘learn while you earn’. Students usually attend college on a day-release basis during term time for tuition leading to a recognised qualification. The majority of learning will be undertaken in the workplace and assessment tends to undertaken both at College and in the workplace, where you will be visited periodically by a tutor.

  • Access to Higher Education

    Our Access to Higher Education Diplomas enable successful students who want to do a degree but left school or college without the qualifications they needed to move into Higher Education. It prepares them to study at university level and is the equivalent of studying A Levels. It is widely recognised by UK universities.



Hartpury doesn’t just work with the industry, it is the industry. Bringing theory to life is what we do.

Every aspect of our specialist 360-hectare campus is designed to equip students with the skills, knowledge and experience they need to open the door to their dream career.

From commercial businesses on site to lecturers and coaches working for and in partnership with the industries we serve, you can count on Hartpury to give you the best chance of hitting the ground running in your dream career when you graduate.

You’ll benefit from exceptional facilities and teaching within a research-active community. And from the day you arrive, we’ll help you plan for your future. You’ll develop a Hartpury Advantage e-portfolio and we’ll give you targeted support to build on your skills and fill in the gaps in your CV.

Thinking of Hartpury University Centre for your degree? 

Our degree courses are all developed with support from employers, ensuring that when you graduate you will have the skills and qualifications that they want. That’s why 98.6%* of our graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduating (*DHLE data from 2014-15 graduate survey).

Plus don’t forget that if you are enrolling on a Hartpury University Centre course after completing your A Levels or Diploma at Hartpury, you will be entitled to a £500 cash bursary in each year of the course!