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Hartpury University & Hartpury College

Start Your Dream Career At Hartpury

Hartpury House, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL19 3BE
T: 01452 702100

Job Type: Business Management / Coaching / Science / Sports & Performance / Therapy & Rehabilitation

Among the world’s largest equestrian education centres

Hartpury University and Hartpury College provide top-class equine education alongside elite equestrian training. Our world-class equine facilities provide the base for A-levels, specialist diplomas, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, as well as leading industry research. We are based on a beautiful 360-hectare campus in the heart of Gloucestershire. 

We work with industry leaders, professionals, governing bodies and top global brands to open doors to incredible opportunities for our students – from exciting work placements and research projects to amazing graduate jobs. We have equestrian businesses and international events on campus, which provide endless opportunities for our students to gain real world experience and make industry connections, ready for dream careers.

Equine students are spoilt for choice with world-leading facilities:

  • Four indoor arenas including the international Hartpury Arena with seating for 600 spectators, hospitality boxes and restaurant
  • Three outdoor arenas including an international sized 80m x 60m with top range surfacing
  • State of the art Rider Performance Centre with strength and conditioning suite, including Europe’s first Racewood 3-Day Event Simulator and 3-D motion capture equipment
  • Commercial livery yard with stabling for over 200 horses including student liveries, covered horse walkers and solarium
  • Equine Therapy Centre with high speed treadmill and Aqua-fit water treadmill
  • Three annual international equestrian events: Showjumping Spectacular, Festival of Dressage and Hartpury Horse Trials
  • Equine Academy to support and develop high calibre riders aiming at the elite level
  • Equestrian club providing riding lessons on Hartpury loan horses for riders of all abilities

Find out how you could be the next chapter in our success story. Order a prospectus or book an open day today.

College courses

Level 2 Diploma Horse Care -This course is an excellent introduction to all aspects of horse care and riding. Alongside the theory, you will be involved in the daily care of the horses through hands-on experience on the yard that will give you the practical skills necessary to gain employment within the equine industry e.g. a riding school or livery yard.

Level 3 Diploma Horse Management – You’ll enhance your theory based knowledge and practical skills by utilising the outstanding equine facilities on campus and be involved in the daily care of the horses through yard duties. Successful completion of this programme will allow you to progress on to university level study.

Level 3 Extended Diploma Horse Management (Business) and Level 3 Extended Diploma Horse Management (Equitation) - You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of horse management and business through theory-based and practical sessions,  giving you the specialised knowledge needed to pursue a range of careers. You’ll also complete work experience and have the chance to help run Hartpury’s equine competitions to give your CV a boost.

Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma Horse Management – You’ll gain a good grounding in key aspects of horse management and equitation (if the riding option is chosen). Studying the theory will ensure that you have an understanding of the importance of correct horse management and how this impacts on equine performance while the practical units will teach the skills that are required to work in an equine yard looking after a variety of horses.

Access to HE (Land-based Studies - Equine) - Would you like to study a degree but don't have the right qualifications ? This course can provide you with the study skills and specific knowledge that will enable you to go on and succeed at your chosen equine degree. 

A-levels - Our A-level offer is unique. We combine academic study with a world of enrichment opportunities – and we’re skilled at helping students to balance their elite sport, pre-veterinary or medicine training, or riding commitments with their studies. We offer A-levels in 14 different subjects including English, maths and Science.

University undergraduate courses

BSc (Hons) Equine Science - You will build a strong understanding of equine science and be able to tailor the degree to your career interests.  Topics of study could include anatomy and physiology and animal health, animal genetics, animal microbiology, equine behaviour, stud management and equine therapy.

BSc (Hons) Equine Science with Therapy - This programme is designed to provide a broad understanding of equine science, with a special focus on equine therapy, exposing you to the scientific principles which underpin horse health, performance, therapy and rehabilitation. The programme can also act as a springboard into relevant further study required to pursue a career as an equine therapist.

BSc (Hons) Equestrian Sports Science - You will develop an in-depth knowledge of the support required for horses and riders competing at the highest levels of competition in all aspects of equine sport. As well as Hartpury’s exceptional equine facilities, students will have access to modern laboratories, including the human sports science laboratory.

BSc (Hons) Equestrian Sports Coaching - This degree aims to provide students with the skills, experience, and understanding required of professional coaches within the equine industry. Aspiring and current coaches can gain a higher education qualification, relevant industry-recognised qualifications and research experience to showcase their knowledge in equestrian coaching.

BA (Hons) Equine Business Management - This degree combines business modules with equine industry and functional equine science modules. Students are able to widen their skill base and develop key contacts with a work placement module, with an additional opportunity to take a sandwich year in industry.

BA (Hons) International Horseracing Business - This course will enable students to develop key business skills throughout their studies, whilst enjoying unrivalled access to the horseracing and wider equine industry. Placements in industry will be an integral part of the course, with the opportunity to experience horseracing operations at home and abroad.

BSc (Hons) Racehorse Performance and Rehabilitation - This course makes use of the excellent onsite facilities in equine therapy and performance analysis at Hartpury. There will also be opportunities to take part in International study trips and experience racing first hand during a second year placement.

MSci (Hons) Equine Science - Students will complete the work for a bachelor’s degree before advancing to their final year of master’s work. Key strands include nutrition, therapy and rehabilitation, breeding, behaviour and welfare, and health and disease.

FdSc Equine Performance - If you are interested in a career aimed at managing performance horses, this course will give you the specific knowledge and skills necessary for entry into this exciting industry of equine performance.

BSc (Hons) Equine Management (top-up) - The top-up degree can be completed part-time as well as in one year full-time, making it a great option for those already working in industry. It includes a mixture of business and science modules, as well as a dissertation, giving students the opportunity to pursue their own interests and develop their own research.

University postgraduate courses

MSc Equine Science - With a range of flexible study options, including PG Diploma and PC Certificate, in full or part time study blocks, this programme enables anyone with a passion for horses to take your knowledge to the next level. From the water treadmill to gait analysis, you will get first hand experience of modern technology and the latest techniques utilised in the field of Equine Science.

MRes Equestrian Performance- If you've always wanted to investigate an area of equestrian performance then this course will help equip you with the knowledge and skills to develop practical solutions for problems in this field. In combination with taught modules you will receive support from expert staff and have access to outstanding facilities in order to produce a research project that will make a valuable contribution to the field of equestrian performance.

PGCert Equine Behaviour and Welfare and PGCert Equestrian Performance and Rehabilitation - These Post Graduate courses provide valuable insight into the fundamentals of equine management and performance. This may set you up for further study and research or can enhance the knowledge of any equine professional currently working in the Industry. By evaluating the latest research with the support of our dedicated staff, students can gain insight into the cutting edge of their study.

MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy - If you're a qualified physiotherapist looking to broaden your horizons and become a veterinary physiotherapy practitioner then this is the course for you. Utilising our high quality facilities and appraising the latest research in the field you will develop the practical and critical thinking skills to take you one step further in your career with animals as well as humans.


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