Whether you are an aspiring Great Britain rower, professional rowing coach, or you simply want to develop your rowing alongside your academic studies, our rowing programme could help you achieve your goals.

Our programme is a unique joint initiative with the GB Rowing Team ‘Start’ Programme and Gloucester Rowing Club, aimed at identifying and developing the next generation of Olympic rowers.

Eligible athletes are also able to complete the DiSE programme, a level 3 qualification designed for athletes who have the realistic potential to achieve excellence and are seeking to perform at the highest level. It covers all aspects of training and sports performance support to enable athletes to push themselves to the next level. This also attracts 64 UCAS points, the equivalent of two A levels at Grade C.

Athletes and coaches at Hartpury benefit from excellent land-based training facilities alongside water-based training at Gloucester Rowing Club’s new £1.6million boathouse, and access to support via British Rowing’s World Class Start talent identification programme.

We have an outstanding track record of developing rowers, as well as preparing them for a career beyond their sport. Our students have represented Great Britain at junior and U23 level. And our alumni have raced for their country at under U23 and Senior World Championships. Our crews have enjoyed domestic success with national title wins at Henley Royal Regatta, National Schools, and the British Championships.

You’ll learn from some of the best coaches at Hartpury. We’ll support you to achieve excellence in your academic studies and your rowing. We design your timetable with you in mind, meaning you'll get the best from your qualification and your training. As well as weekly sessions from dedicated coaches, you’ll have opportunities to compete at the highest levels of college sport.

Due to the demands of the rowing programme (a typical week includes eight to ten sessions over six days), students applying are advised to consider only taking places on a variety of A-level courses or a diploma in Sports Coaching or Exercise Science.

Facilities

You’ll benefit from excellent land training facilities at Hartpury alongside water-based training at Gloucester Rowing Club’s new £1.6million boathouse. This sits alongside one of the best stretches of rowing water in the UK with 50 kilometres of sheltered, uninterrupted training water. You’ll also benefit from access to our performance services. Strength and conditioning coaches, physiotherapists, and nutritionists to lifestyle management and game analysis will keep you performing at your peak.

Our Sports Academy facilities give you access to treatment suites, as well as human performance and biomechanics labs.

I had no previous experience in rowing and the academy was great, providing strength and conditioning, physio support and top class coaching. Also, through the GB ‘Start’ Programme, I had regular opportunities to test myself against more experienced rowers, which really helped to push me on.

Sarah Bonar Hartpury A Level student Great Britain junior international

FIND THE RIGHT COURSE FOR YOU

All of our courses – A-levels and diplomas - 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.

Our diplomas 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.

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.

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.