Hartpury College
Access to HE

Access to HE (Land Based Studies - Equine)

Course Overview

If you would like to study at degree level but you haven’t got the usual qualification entry requirements then the Access to Higher Education Diploma is the ideal progression route. We will provide you with the necessary study skills and field specific grounding via our course structure and staff support so you go on to succeed at your chosen equine degree.

You will be joining a College that was graded Outstanding in 2009/10 by Ofsted . As well as being taught by our academic staff you will have access to our wide variety of student facilities including the College's Home Farm estate and international quality equine facilites. You will also have full access to our Higher Education learning zone and fully equipped libraries. The Diploma is made up of core units which include science, business, research projects and higher education study skills. The equine route also has two specialist units which focus specifically on horse care and management. For students starting the course without a level 2 qualification in English or maths there will also be the opportunity to study towards separate English and maths qualifications.

You will demonstrate your learning in several ways for each unit. This may include observed practicals, presentations, short reports and exams. On success of each unit you will gain credits which will count towards your diploma.

The course runs from September to June. You will need to commit to 15 hours a week of contact time over a full academic year. In addition you will need to invest a similar number of hours for your personal study. Teaching will take place from Wednesday to Friday, with the teaching day usually starting at 10:30 and finishing usually at 16.30

Entry Requirements


Each application is evaluated on its own merits, with applicants being 19+ years old on the 1st September in the year they wish to study. English and maths skills should be at a GCSE grade D or above, or the applicant should be able to demonstrate a comparable level of skill achieved through their work experience. The learning on the course is supported by the use of online resources, so an average level of computer literacy is required.


All applicants will have the opportunity to discuss their personal situation and long term university goals with a member of the Diploma academic team.


In Brief


1 Year

Tuition fees

Tuition fees
You may be entitled for a fee remission if you are receiving certain benefits or tuition fees waived if this is your first level 3 qualification and you are under 24 years of age on the 1st September.

UK Students aged 19 to 23 years of age:

Tuition fees are:

£5,000 (2016 September entry)

UK Students aged 24 and over:

Tuition fees are:

£5,000 (2016 September entry)

UK Students aged 24+ may be eligible to apply for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan to cover the cost of their fees.
These loans may not require repayment if you then continue onto, and complete, a degree.

There are also government backed loans for students who are 19-23, details yet to be confirmed.

As government backed funding is always changing please be aware that this information is a guideline only and is subject to change beyond our control. 

Please phone us to discuss your circumstances and what financial support may be available

When should I apply

Please apply for September entry before the end of July

For course enquires please contact:

Mark Harwood-Browne

Tel: 01452 702377
E-mail: Mark.Harwood-Browne@hartpury.ac.uk

How to apply

Please download the application form and post it back to the College.
We will then contact you to arrange a meeting to discuss your application

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