Kingston Maurward was built in 1761 and is steeped in history. Originally a private estate, then occupied by the military during the Second World War, it became an agricultural college in 1949 and has since evolved into a revered land-based college with diverse commercial ventures, including an animal park, formal gardens, weddings, and outdoor activities. 

Whatever the stage of learning, Kingston Maurward College in Dorchester, Dorset has something for everyone. The college offers part-time and full-time courses, apprenticeships and a suite of Higher Education (degree level) courses.

There is a diverse range of courses available, in addition to successful land-based courses in subject areas including Horticulture, Animal Care, Outdoor Adventure, Agriculture and Equestrian studies, there are also full and part-time Business courses and apprenticeships.

Discover courses not considered before - many courses prepare students for a future career in the great outdoors, from gamekeeper, ranger, or farmer, to horse trainer, zoo keeper or sports instructor.

The college’s state-of-the-art facilities include a brand new Animal Science Centre, contemporary horticulture glasshouses, indoor and outdoor equestrian arenas, working farm and commercial animal park and gardens on the 700 acre estate. Architectural plans are currently being drawn up for purpose built agri-tech facilities which will be built during the coming academic year. 
Kingston Maurward College is a British Horse Society (BHS) Centre which offers full-time Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 equine courses plus apprenticeships, and part-time courses starting throughout the year.

Head of Equine Studies, Aart Noordijk, said: “We treat our horses as individuals and strive for excellence in our training. Students benefit from expert tutors and top class facilities which we are very proud of.”

First class facilities at Kingston Maurward’s Equestrian Centre include an international sized indoor arena with a top-of-the-range gel track surface, floodlit outdoor arena, solarium, and well-schooled horses and ponies.  

The College’s most recent British Horse Society Inspection Report said of Kingston Maurward: ‘The College has an excellent work programme in place for all levels of training, with an extremely tidy yard and relaxed atmosphere which allows all horses to be calm and relaxed when stabled’.
Level 3 Equine Student, Courtney Scott, said: “Studying at Kingston Maurward is great because we get to know the horses really well through the course. 

“I want to work in horse rehabilitation and with training ex-race horses, and my course has really helped me towards my career.”

The College also offers a suite of higher education - degree level - courses, and additionally, has just launched its Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science). 

Higher Education courses include Animal Behaviour and Welfare, Marine Ecology and Conservation, Countryside Management, Veterinary Nursing, Para-veterinary Studies, and Horticulture. 

For more information and a one-to-one chat, whether it is part-time or full-time courses, apprenticeships or Higher Education, visit one of the monthly course information sessions where you can speak with expert tutors and apply for courses. Visit for dates and more details, or call 01305 215215.