Your second guide to joining us in September 2023

You’re joining an Ofsted Outstanding college. Rated particularly highly for student outcomes, the majority of our students achieve or exceed their target grades. You’ll be well prepared for your dream university or career.


Welcome 2 Experience for the future 3 Hartpury Certificate 4 Ready for the real world 5 Get out in the field 7 Your facilities 9 New facilities 11 Your Students’ Union 13 Supporting you 15 Your wellbeing 16 Next steps timeline 17 Hear from our students 21

Over the coming months, we’ll be in touch via post and email to guide you through your next steps. Check your timeline on page 17 to find out what happens when and add key dates to your diary. What happens next?


Get excited We hope you’re excited about Coming to Hartpury in September.* Throughout this booklet, you’ll get a taste of some of the exciting experiences ahead of you. With opportunities to go on action-packed field trips, experience educational visits, and volunteer in our world class facilities, you’ll create lifelong memories whilst seeing your subject come to life and gaining valuable applied skills.

You’ll also discover how our strong support network can help you to achieve your academic and personal best. By completing our unique Hartpury Certificate, you’ll have plenty of extracurricular experiences and grow into a confident and resilient young person, ready to progress onto your dream career or university. On pages 17-20, you’ll find a detailed timeline of next steps to help guide you through the process. Add key dates to your diary and feel confident as you prepare to join us.

We can’t wait to welcome you into our Hartpury family.* ClaireWhitworth, DeputyPrincipal Further Education


*Subject to meeting offer requirements

Experience for the future

You’ll have the opportunity to get involved in awhole range of extracurricular activities as part of your diploma, A-levels, orAccess to HE course. Specially designed to apply theory to practice, these activitieswill give you valuable life skills aswell as real-world experience. We’ll help you to take advantage of as much as you can while you’re here. You’ll stand out fromthe crowdwhen you’re applying for your dreamuniversity course or a job Our A-level students have additional time built into their timetable to take part in an enrichment programme. Recently, students have been able to choose from special interest groups including dissection, a Pre-Vet qualification, an Extended Project Qualification, subject-specific study or training with our competitive Sports Academies. By honing your skills and challenging yourself to learn new things, you’ll be one step closer to achieving your goals. Studying our diplomas andAccess to HE Our diploma and Access to HE students learn inside and outside the classroom. Home to real businesses and world-class facilities, our large, rural campus provides plenty of opportunities to put theory into practice. Add that to your external work experience, and you’ll soon be developing an impressive CV for university or employment. doingwhat you love. StudyingA-levels

“We’re so impressedwith the teaching teamat Hartpury. Encouraging students to be the best they can be and inspiring them to love their subjects.” Parent of Hartpury College student


Your Hartpury Certificate

We’re committed to our students’ academic and personal development. That’s whywe’ve developed our unique Hartpury Certificate – a full enrichment programme of activities. You’ll gain work experience, strengthen your numeracy and literacy skills, and create and work towards a career plan – which you’ll evidence to employers and universities through your e-portfolio. Our Hartpury Certificate Plus is an initiative that provides extra opportunities for A-level, diploma and Access to HE students to prepare for work or further training, alongside their core qualification. Over and above the elements of the Hartpury Certificate, it allows you to select additional activities based on your areas of interest. You’ll develop your confidence and resilience through a range of extracurricular activities. Recent opportunities have included our Student Ambassador scheme as well as workshops on setting up a business or creating your personal brand.

98% progression to employment, university or further study (Hartpury, 2022)

“At Hartpury, we believe that life and employability skills are as important as subject knowledge. That’s whywe introduced the Hartpury Certificate. It really does give our students that competitive edge and supports success with life beyond Hartpury.” ClaireWhitworth Deputy Principal Further Education


Ready for the real world

Work experience is a great way to gain industry expertise and try out the job you’ve always wanted. We’ll provide a range of opportunities to put your classroom-based learning into practice. Find out what you enjoy the most and be ready to hit the ground running. All of our courses include work experience in your first or second year. Our Innovation, Careers and Enterprise (ICE) team can help you define your career goals and find a position that will help you get there, via our network of over 3,000 employers. We’re accredited by the Matrix Standard, which means you’re guaranteed to get the highest standard of careers advice. You’ll evidence your hands-on skills and experience in your e-portfolio as part of your Hartpury Certificate. This will put you ahead of the curve when applying for university courses or jobs. Depending on your course, you could even gain practical experience right here on campus. As part of your learning or through volunteer opportunities, you’ll have the chance to develop important skills with access to our commercial farm, Agri-Tech Centre, dairy parlour, world-class equestrian centre, or 70-species animal collection. Discover more on pages 9-10.


Employment ready

Our students do us proud. They work hard, get hands-on in practical sessions and push themselves to achieve their potential. Here you can see our subject-level progression rates to university, further study or employment.



Animal Management*


79% A-level A-C grades achieved* 72% BTECDistinction profile achieved*


Access to HE*


*Hartpury, 2022

Get out in the field

As a Hartpury College student, you’ll see theory come to life during field trips, study tours and plenty of hands-on activities. Here are just some of the recent examples of

OurA-level students We organise plenty of trips and activities to bring your A-level learning to life.* Here are just some examples from recent years: • Geography – fieldwork at Seaton Beach and Cardiff Bay, and an exciting trip to Iceland. • Biology – residential trip to Margam Country Park and visit to Slimbridge Wetland Centre. • Psychology – industry event in Paris and revision conferences. • Physical Education – guest speakers from different areas of the sports industry. • Physics – Culham Centre for Fusion Energy and The Big Bang Fair for young scientists. • Business and Economics – trip to CadburyWorld and guest speaker from the Bank of England. • English Literature and English Language – theatre trips and a revision conference. Are you ready for your adventure?

our students’ great learning experiences. Our diploma andAccess to HE students

Animal students have been enjoying trips to CotswoldWildlife Park, Crufts, and MonkeyWorld. In previous years, students even travelled further afield to observe indigenous species in Borneo. Agriculture students spend between 300 hours and one year gaining hands-on skills on local farms and our commercial farm business. Farm duties are a key part of the course in order to develop practical skills for the future. Equine students have travelled toWhite Stallion Ranch, Arizona to experience western riding, and the world-famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna to see different training techniques in action. Sport students have enjoyed trips to the Snowdome and sports stadiums, heard from industry guest speakers, and undertaken invaluable work placements. They’ve even travelled abroad for competitions with other colleges and ski trips. Outdoor Activity students spend two days a week – and Uniformed Protective Service spend one day a week (terms 2-3) – completing practical sessions. Activities include sailing, hill walking, climbing, Police team building, RAF practical days and Firefighter training.

*Additional fees apply for these optional trips



Your facilities

Learn in specialist facilities used by students, staff and industry professionals. Some of our facilities are run as commercial businesses, so you’ll develop the latest skills and have the opportunity to gain valuable professional experience.

Agriculture and Digital Innovation Farm Develop your hands-on skills with access to 380 hectares of commercial farmland across five sites, supplying big brands including Müller. Be exposed to smart technology on our Digital Innovation Farm, which includes an Agri-Tech Centre, dairy parlour, and Tech Box Park for agribusiness innovation, as well as our new Digital Studio complete with simulators and virtual reality headsets. Animal Centre Our campus is home to over 70 species, ranging from ferrets, meerkats and prairie dogs, to emus, llamas and our giant sulcata, Millie, in our tortoise enclosure. Benefit from a Walled Animal Garden, reptile and aquatics rooms, aviaries, an orchard paddock, and equine and livestock centres. Equine Centre Become career-ready as you get hands-on in our Rider Performance Centre, equipped with world-class Racewood Eventing simulators, and work with Hartpury horses in our international arenas. We have 230 stables – including 150 for student livery, if you’d like to bring your horse – and run weekly fun competitions.

A-levels, classrooms and labs Expand your knowledge in our modern College Learning Centre and well-equipped laboratories. You’ll study three A-levels for six hours per subject each week, take part in supervised study sessions, and develop your employability and life skills with our extensive enrichment programme. Sports Academy We’ve invested over £10 million in our Sports Academy in recent years. You’ll benefit from specialist human performance and biomechanics laboratories, rehabilitation suites, performance and power gyms, a multi-sports hall, and pitches. These facilities are used by students in our Sports Academies to reach their athletic potential. Outdoor Activities and Uniformed Protective Services Experience a range of outdoor sports, utilising our 360-hectare campus and visiting places such as Aztec Adventures (Upton Warren), Gloucester Climbing Centre, Lake 86 Water Park and the River Wye. Lead activities and gain professional qualifications.


Experience agri-tech in action Join live demonstrations in our Agri-Tech Centre and explore how smart technology is improving productivity, profitability and sustainability in farming.

Get active If you love sports, our advanced facilities, pitches and gyms are a dream come true.

Excel in your studies Head to your dedicated College Learning Centre for quiet study spaces and all the resources you need to succeed.

Visit our Animal Centre Discover exotic species in our aquatics and reptile rooms – or walk up to the Walled Animal Garden to meet our meerkats.

Horsing around If you love horses, you don’t need to bring your own to get involved with fun equestrian activities. From our student-led Equestrian Club to volunteering in our Equine Therapy Centre or at our summer events, there’s more to horses at Hartpury than riding.

Experience a range of outdoor activities in the Gloucestershire countryside


Your new facilities

With a reputation for world-class facilities, we’re continually investing in our campus. You’ll learn in an environment that simulates the subject you’re studying, with advanced facilities and modern study spaces to ensure you achieve your very best. Graze | New in 2022 Our newGraze restaurant and student hub is a great place to refuel between lectures and catch up on your studies in a social setting. Located next to your College Learning Centre, it’s the perfect place to grab food on the go, meet friends for lunch or a drink, or catch up on your studies in relaxed social areas or quiet spaces. You’ll be spoilt for choice with hot and cold food outlets, a café serving Costa coffee, and a shop for snacks and everyday essentials. Head upstairs and you’re in modern classrooms, ready to learn from expert lecturers. With stunning views over the grass pitches and our rural campus, there’s no better place to study and be inspired.

Graze student hub Launched in 2022


Our latest developments

Gain valuable practical experience in a supported learning environment with access to industry standard facilities on site. Equine and Animal Assisted ActivityArea | Equine centre Our new arena gives students the opportunity to carry out training and research into the human-animal bond. In 2022, the arena was used by emerging equine athletes, as it hosted the FEI Dressage and Eventing European Championships for Young Riders and Juniors. Digital Innovation Farm | Commercial Home Farm We launched an Agri-Tech Centre for smart farming in 2019 and opened our Tech Box Park for agribusinesses innovation in 2022. New for 2023, our Digital Studio will provide access to simulators and virtual reality headsets to explore agricultural sustainability. Strength and Conditioning Performance Gym | Sports Academy Apply the latest training and rehabilitation techniques during practical sessions in our fully equipped gym. This is just the latest development in our world-class Sports Academy, which has received £10 million of investment in recent years. Equine Hydrotherapy Centre | Equine centre You’ll be among the first students to use our new H2O water treadmill facility, complete with classrooms and stables, which is set to launch in 2023. It’ll be used by leading experts as well as Hartpury students and staff.

Equine and Animal Assisted Activities Area, equine centre

Performance gym, Sports Academy

Tech Box Park, Home Farm


Welcome from your Students’ Union

When you join our Hartpury family, you’ll automatically become part of our Students’ Union (SU). Run by current students, there’s always lots of great opportunities to get involved. We’re here to represent you on the issues that matter. We’ll provide guidance throughout your time at Hartpury, as well as plenty of opportunities for you to make the most of student life. We’ll help you settle in and make friends – and we promise to throw lots of great events and activities on campus. Make sure you join some of our clubs and societies. You could get involved in something you already enjoy or try your hand at something new. FromGreen Leaders, the Gaming Group and Hockey, through to the LGBTQ+ Society, Disabled Students’ Network and Agricultural Society, you’re sure to find something you love. There are somany wonderful opportunities to get involved. Come and find us during your Freshers’ Week and we can tell you all there is to know.



Our Student Experience team are always throwing fun activities. Recently, our students have been enjoying: • A Freshers’ Welcome Week event programme • Daily buses to Cheltenham and Gloucester • Fortnightly weekend trips • Quiz, gaming and BBQ nights • Outdoor cinema nights • Our annual Summer Ball • Breeding Society trip to the British Breeding Stallion Event • LGBTQ+ Society and Book Society • Polo and Vaulting training sessions • Hockey – our women’s team won the BUCS league! – and Basketball through our Hartpury Active project Want to get more involved? If you love student life, you could become your course representative or run for a position in the SU. You’ll be helping us to make Hartpury even better. Plus it’s great for your CV. Find out more about our clubs and societies at • • A variety of fitness classes Regular dog therapy sessions

98% student satisfactionwith teaching (Hartpury, 2022)



Supporting you

You’ll learn in a safe and supportive environment, with access to everything you need to achieve your best. Our dedicated learning support teams are here to help make your Hartpury experience an enjoyable one. Aspire Learning Support Our team will work with you to create a personalised support plan, based on your individual needs and goals. We can provide support for specific learning difficulties, including assessments for any Exam Access Arrangements (EAAs). We can help with study skills, planning your work, exam preparation and revision skills. Academic support You’ll be assigned a personal tutor when you arrive, who’ll support you to reach your academic goals. They’ll be your first port of call if you have any questions about your lessons or assignments. With an open door policy – in-person or by phone or video appointment – they’ll always make time to see you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Residential Support Team Our students tell us that living at Hartpury is a wonderful experience. Don’t worry if it’s your first time away from home. You’ll have Residential Support Officers available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for any wellbeing or emergency needs. They’ll do everything they can to ensure you’re happy, healthy and safe at all times. International support Whether you’ve previously studied in the UK or not, our dedicated International teamwill provide support and guidance throughout your application – from visa support to preparing for your travels.


Your wellbeing

Your wellbeing is top priority for us. With access to our dedicated team, you’ll have everything you need to be happy, healthy, and safe while you’re here.

Wellbeing support Our friendly Student Services and Wellbeing teams can offer you advice on everything from finance and accommodation to physical and mental health. If you need to talk, they offer a safe and private environment and are always ready to listen. You can pop into the Wellbeing Centre during drop-in times, or set up a face-to-face, phone, or video appointment. Student Assistance Programme For support at any time of the day or night, you can call our confidential helpline. This includes wellbeing guidance, help managing stress, medical information, counselling, and more. Wellfest In recent years, we’ve run a ‘Wellfest’ wellbeing event in the first few weeks of term, dedicated to student issues. You’ll take part in interactive sessions covering important topics such as physical and mental wellbeing, safe driving, drugs and alcohol, anti bullying, healthy relationships and consent, and sexual health. We’ll tell you more about it when you get here.

Need some financial support?

There’s no charge for tuition fees for UK students under 19 years old. For international students, course fees are £10,000 per year. If you’re over 19, you’ll need to pay for your fees. However, you could be eligible for a bursary, fee waiver or the Advanced Learner Loan. Visit our website for more on finance and funding.

Read your guide Find out howwe’ll support your academic, learning, and wellbeing development


Your next steps Nowthat you’ve been offeredyour place, it’s time to start preparing for September.* We’ve put all ofyour keydates into this timeline, soyou knowwhat to expectwhen. Ifyou’re an international student, you’ll have a fewextra things to do –you’ll see these highlightedwith a globe image.

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Now Join one of our Sports Academies

If you’re training at a high level andwant to play competitively, contact one of our Sports Academies. ** For recreational sports and fun fitness activities, there’s HartpuryActive. Find out more when you get here.

Early in 2023 Book your transport

*Subject to meeting the conditions of your offer. **Please check that your course allows you to participate in your preferred Sports Academy. This would have been mentioned in your course presentation and discussed at interview. † Students who are able to travel on public or college transport will only be allocated accommodation if rooms are still available after 31 August. 17

If you live locally and would like to travel on our Hartpury buses, you’ll soon be able to book your place.

1 April 2023 Apply for financial support

Check if you’re eligible and apply.

April 2023 Apply for your Student visa

If you’re not a British or Irish citizen, it’s likely you’ll require a visa to study in the UK. Join our international Student visa webinar on 30 March (2pm, UK time) to find out everything you need to know. Book your webinar: For support throughout the visa process, email

April 2023 Pay your deposit

As an international fee-paying student, you’ll need to pay your deposit (50% of your first-year tuition fees). If you need a Student visa, youwon’t be able to apply for your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) until you’ve paid your deposit.

17 April 2023 Accommodation booking opens

Places in our on-site accommodation † are competitive and fill up quickly.


31 May 2023 Accommodation allocation

If you’ve applied for on-site accommodation, this is when you’ll find out if you’ve secured a place. †

June 2023 Get Your Enrolment Pack Arriving by post and email

Your third and final guide to Coming to Hartpury will contain the enrolment date and time for your course, your kit and equipment list, and essential things to do before you arrive.

June 2023 Receive your Passport to Hartpury Arriving by post and email

If you’re an international student, you’ll receive this with Your Enrolment Pack. It explains how to prepare to live and learn in the UK.

June 2023 (live webinar) Join our pre-departure briefing

For details about making travel arrangements and coming to the UK. We’ll invite you by email and send you the webinar recording afterwards.

*Subject to meeting the conditions of your offer. † Students who are able to travel on public or college transport will only be allocated accommodation if rooms are still available after 31 August.


Your term dates

24 August 2023 Get your results – good luck!

Term 1 4 September – 22 December 2023 October half-term: 30 October – 3 November 2023 Christmas break: 25 December 2023 – 5 January 2024

GCSE results are released in the UK. Send us your results right away so we can confirm your place – we’ll explain how in Your Enrolment Pack (June) and by email (August). If you’re an international student and receive your results earlier than this, email us as soon as you have them.

4-8 September 2023 Your enrolment

Term 2 8 January – 22 March 2024

Arrive at Hartpury College. You’ll enrol and start your course. Take part in activities with your classmates and teachers, and start to settle in. Your Enrolment Pack (June) will have all the information you need. We’ll also be in touch via email in August to make sure you’re well-prepared. We hope you’re excited to join our Hartpury family.*

February half-term: 12 – 16 February 2024 Easter break:

A-levels: 25 March – 5 April 2024 Diploma: 25 March – 12 April 2024

Keep working hard. It’ll be worth it when you get the grades you need to join us. We’ll even give you a gift to celebrate your achievement and welcome you into the Hartpury family.*

Term 3 A-levels: 8 April – 21 June 2024 Diploma: 15 April – 21 June 2024 May half-term (A-levels only):

27 – 31 May 2024 Summer break: 24 June 2024 onwards

Check thewebsite for your inset days


Hear from our students

We hope you’re looking forward to your next few years at Hartpury College. Here’s a taste of what some of our students are doing now. Your Hartpury College qualification could take you anywhere, isn’t that exciting? We look forward to seeing you soon.

HarryGreasby Equine Management (Business), BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

EmilyHope BSc Sports Coaching student, Hartpury University Sport (Rugby), BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma “My goal is to become a rugby coach and referee. I know the facilities and sports teams at Hartpury are giving me the best opportunity to succeed. I loved the balance of practical sessions and theory, and learning with likeminded people. It’s so exciting to see my hard work pay off.”

Katharine Kalap Princeton University, USA student A-levels Maths, Physics and Chemistry

“The skills I learned at Hartpury have helped me a lot at Princeton University, USA. I haven’t selected my major yet, but will choose mechanical and aerospace engineering. I’m so grateful to my Hartpury teachers for supporting me to achieve my best – three A* A-levels in Maths, Physics and Chemistry.”

“I didn’t think I was very academic at school, but then I came to Hartpury and realised I love learning about equine science. If you push yourself, your lecturers will support you to achieve your best. I’d love to turn professional in the future. Hartpury has inspired me to aim high.”


Iona Griffiths Clipper Round theWorld Yacht Race

JacobAnthony FarmManager | FarmersWeekly Young Farmer of the Year 2018 | Agriculture, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma “Hartpury has extensive facilities and outstanding lecturers. You’re not just learning in the classroom. I worked on a farm and developed lots of different skills and new ideas. Grasp all of the opportunities on offer. I had some of the best times of my life at Hartpury.”

RubyTemple-Long Fisheries Policy Officer, ScottishWildlife Trust Animal Management, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma “My role focuses on trying to minimise the environmental impact of fishing activities at a policy level in Scotland, so we can all enjoy the benefits that our seas provide in the long term. My diploma gave me the opportunity to learn in a different way and prepared me for university life.”

Uniformed Public Services (now called Uniformed Protective Services) , BTECLevel 3 ExtendedDiploma “Hartpury has given me the confidence to followmy dream of becoming a paramedic. The practical sessions helped me to develop leadership and team-building skills, as well as industry qualifications. I’m embarking on the Clipper Round theWorld Yacht Race before I start my paramedic training.”


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