Subject specific workshops

As well as our core outreach activities, we offer subject specific workshops to ignite passions in young people. It’s never too early for students to start thinking about their future. With Hartpury’s global reputation in agriculture, animal, equine, sport and veterinary nursing, they can experience learning from some of the very best academics.

Here are our range of workshops we can offer to inspire and engage students in our specialist subject areas. All of our workshops can be carried out at our 360-hectare Gloucestershire campus using a wide selection of our outstanding facilities, while some workshops can be offered off site at schools or colleges.

Our menu of opportunities

Agriculture - Balancing livestock nutrition

Getting the right balance between key feed groups is crucial within livestock production. A farmer has to be able to calculate feed intake for their animals and make sure the right balance of forage and concentrated feed is achieved to keep animals healthy and in production. This will test maths skills and students will be able to relate feed balance to themselves as well.

Equipment required: The session will take place at Home Farm and requires Wellington/ walking boots, gloves and a coat.

Year groups: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Gatsby benchmark: 4 5 6 7

Agriculture - Selective breeding game

What animals will you breed on your farm? How will you breed them and why? This workshop illustrates the process of selective breeding, a tool that farmers use to produce the best livestock for their farms.

This workshop can be carried out on Hartpury’s campus or off site.

Equipment required: When on site, Wellington boots or walking boots will be required.  Students are advised to bring along suitable clothing for the time of year.

Year groups: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Gatsby benchmark: 4 5 6 7

Agriculture – Grass, nature’s larder

This workshop is based on the topic of grass and its amazing properties. In groups, students will carry out plate metering to determine the amount of grass in a set area (which they will measure as well) and then calculate how many cows or sheep they can graze for 24 hours on that area. They will also calculate how much dry matter is in the grass.

Equipment required: Wellington boots or walking boots will be required.  Students will also need to wear a coat.

Year groups: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Gatsby benchmark: 4 5 6 7

The Equine athlete: Beneath the surface

The horse has evolved and adapted to survive as a prey animal, capable of reaching speeds of over 30mph! This dissection workshop gives students an opportunity to look at one of the anatomical structures that makes the horse such an incredible athlete.

Equipment required: Protective footwear such as strong boots or trainers. Legs must be covered eg. trousers, no skirts/shorts.

Year groups: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Gatsby benchmark: 7

Equine - Maintaining healthy equine diets

Equine obesity is a contemporary issue that owners and industry practitioners are working together to tackle. This workshop will encourage students to think like an equine nutritionist, learning how we can monitor the horse’s weight and condition, and design feeding regimes based on individual requirements.

Equipment required: N/A

Year groups: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Gatsby benchmark: 4 7

Equine - The theory of equine evolution

The first known ancestor of the modern-day horse existed around 56 million years ago, but a lot has changed since then! This workshop looks at how the horse has evolved and adapted throughout the years to survive and thrive in today’s world.

This workshop can be carried out on Hartpury’s campus or off site.

Equipment required: N/A

Year groups: 7, 8, 9

Gatsby benchmark: 7

Sport - Rugby kicking

This workshop covers all elements of kicking, from punting to place kicking. The workshop will begin with tuition and technique-based content so that students can gain more in-depth knowledge and understanding of kicking, finishing with a game-based activity.

Equipment required: Outdoor kit such as shorts and T-shirt and preferably football boots with studs. If you do not have football boots, wear trainers.

Year groups: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Gatsby benchmark: 6 7

Sport – Outdoor fitness testing

This workshop covers many elements of fitness testing and will be delivered as a circuit. The testing comprises shuttle runs, sit and reach, standing long jumps, standing broad jump, single leg hops, sit ups, press-ups, squats and burpees.

Equipment required: Students to wear outdoor gym kit such as shorts and t-shirt. Trainers will be required and long hair will need to be tied up.

Year groups: 7, 8, 9

Gatsby benchmark: 3 6 7

Sport - Careers in sport

The sporting industry in the UK is worth a staggering £20 billion per year and provides over 450,000 jobs.

This workshop outlines what studying sport at university is really like, covering aspects such as learning styles and strategies used by academics, to career opportunities, bursaries and professional case studies.

Equipment required: N/A

Year groups: 12, 13

Gatsby benchmark: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Animal - Dissection (a variety of specimens available)

Experience an interactive dissection where students can get up close and hands-on with a variety of different dissection specimens. This activity allows students to gain an appreciation and in-depth understanding of the structures that make up different animal structures and systems.

Equipment required: Students will be required to wear shoes that protect their feet eg. trainers or boots. Students have to have legs covered eg. trousers/tracksuit bottoms, no tights/skirts or shorts.

Year groups: 12 and 13

Gatsby benchmark: 4 7

Animal - Welfare assessment

There are many different welfare assessment frameworks that are used to assess the welfare of captive animals in companion, zoo, farm and lab contexts. These are essential to ensure the needs of the animals are met. We will assess the welfare of animals to inform practice by conducting a variety of welfare assessment methods within industry-standard animal collections.

Equipment required: A coat and Wellington boots or walking boots.

Year groups: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Gatsby benchmarks: 4 6 7

Animal - First aid

An awareness of animal first aid is essential when working in the animal industry. In this workshop, you will start to learn the basics of animal first aid with an interactive session on appropriate techniques for wound management and the application of various bandaging methods on companion animals.

Equipment required: Students are required to wear shoes that protect their feet eg. trainers or boots. Legs must be covered e.g. trousers, no skirts or shorts.

Year groups: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Gatsby benchmark: 4 6 7

Animal – Thermal imaging

The application of thermal imaging in the animal industry is a new technology, which can aid in the detection of injuries, lameness and infections. It can also be used to detect animals in the wild and aid in conservation and tracking. Within animal collections, thermal imaging can often detect a problem before it becomes apparent to the naked eye, enabling rapid treatment and improving animal welfare.

Equipment required: Students will require a coat and Wellington boots or walking boots as it will be mainly outdoors.

Year groups: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Gatsby benchmark: 4 6 7

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Our facilities, including our multi-million pound Sports Academy, offer elite athletes the perfect place to train and develop while also giving all of the students the chance to enhance their learning experience. All of our students have the opportunity to train as athletes whilst completing their studies at both the Hartpury College and Hartpury University.

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