About us

Hartpury College and University Centre is one of the UK’s leading land-based and sports educational establishments. Our stunning specialist campus covers more than 360 hectares and is located near to both Gloucester and Cheltenham.

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 more than 1600 full time students, as well as professional 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 the world’s largest equine education establishment, hosting three international equine events, and regularly wins national titles in rugby and football as well as rowing, golf, modern pentathlon and netball.

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Our values

Hartpury College and University Centre is committed to valuing diversity and promoting equality. One of our Corporate Values is promoting respect for all and this means we treat all people with courtesy and respect, involve and listen to others and show consideration and empathy for their well-being. 

We value others for their contribution irrespective of personal differences and actively encourage diversity and inclusion, good employment practice and a positive working and learning environment. 


Hartpury was awarded ‘Outstanding’ for our pastoral care and support for residential students in 2016 by Ofsted. You can read the full report at the link.

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In its last report, QAA (Quality Assurance Agency) – the independent body responsible for monitoring standards and quality in higher education - commended everything from the first-rate learning opportunities and teaching at Hartpury to listening to the student voice and boosting career prospects.

Read the QAA report
  • Top

    Specialist land-based College for diploma results with average grade being Distinction in 2016

  • Top 1/3

    In the UK for student satisfaction (NSS) 2018

  • 98.8%

    A Level pass rate in 2016

  • Seven

    Areas of best practice highlighted by the Quality Assurance Agency in 2015 report


If you can't make it to an Open Day or want to take a look around or inside some of our facilities, why not explore our 360-hectare specialist campus by taking our Virtual Tour? Click on the hotspots for more information!



Want to know where we are or where we are going to be? Or perhaps you need to get in touch with one of our teams? Click the links below to find out everything you need to know.


Our proud history

Hartpury College was established after World War II as an agricultural education centre with only 50 students. Today, we have more than 3500 with record numbers of students studying at both the College and the University Centre. For more on our history, click the link


Join our alumni

Connect is the new Hartpury Association for Alumni and Friends of the College.  It is free to join for every former student, member of staff or friend of Hartpury, and as a member you will be part of our global community of over 20,000 alumni.  Join today and start to take advantage of the exciting opportunities and benefits Connect can offer you. Membership is free.