Excellence in Modern Pentathlon

At Hartpury College, we’re experts in helping talented young sportsmen and women to fulfil their potential in their sport and their studies.

As the national youth training centre for Pentathlon GB’s World Class programme, there’s no better place to open the door to your dream career – in your sport and beyond.

With facilities including a sports hall, equine centre and a Combined Event range, Hartpury College can offer elite performers an exceptional environment in which to be the best they can become.

As Pentathlon GB’s educational partner students have the opportunity to study the Diploma in Sporting Excellence – an additional Level 3 qualification designed for athletes who have the realistic potential to achieve excellence and are seeking to perform at the highest level.

Innovative coaching methods, delivered by Head of Modern Pentathlon, Russell North, and tailored towards individual athlete development and progression, saw our modern pentathletes win 10 national team and individual titles in 2015-16, including boasting the National Modern Pentathlon Champion.

Many of our students have also gone onto the National Training Centre in Bath, where the Olympic Podium Programme athletes train.

As a Hartpury pentathlete you do not need to be proficient in all five disciplines. Talent, commitment and a desire to succeed will be supported by excellent coaching and our facilities for riding, running, fencing, shooting and swimming (at GL1 sports centre in Gloucester) to make sure you achieve your potential.

As part of one of our 10 College academies, you will benefit from our exceptional facilities and have access to a range of professional support services, supporting you to be the best you can become.

In order for you to be selected onto the modern pentathlon programme, you must first be applying for, or have already accepted, a place onto a course at Hartpury College.

For more information and to apply, contact at russell.north@hartpury.ac.uk or 01452 702329.

Hartpury pushed me to be the best student and pentathlete I could be.

Bradley Sutton National Modern Pentathlon Champion


Hartpury’s multi-million pound sports facilities offer elite athletes the perfect place to train and develop. Students involved in all our academies will find professional style training environments designed to push athletes to their full potential.

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All of our Sport courses will give you a sound understanding and knowledge of the sports industry, whether it’s fitness, therapy or coaching, plus the practical experience to back that up and boost your CV.

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