This degree focuses on equine science with practical application enhanced by the integration of scientific theory. Students make full use of the College’s science laboratories and extensive equine facilities as part of the course. This degree seeks to provide a stimulating and challenging experience for students wishing to gain knowledge alongside practical experience to promote health, welfare and performance of the horse. A final year 'top up' is also available for applicants who have a HND or Foundation Degree in an appropriate subject.
- Fundamentals of science
- Equine evolution and development
- Equine nutrition
- Equine anatomy and physiology
- Equine behaviour and welfare
- Equine sport injury and diagnostics
- Genetics and molecular biology
- Equine reproductive physiology
- Advanced equine nutrition (elective)
- Applied equine biomechanics (elective).
For the three-year BSc programme, application is through UCAS, using code D428.
If you wish to enter into the final year of the course following successful completion of a relevant FdSc or HND qualification, please apply either via UCAS (selecting year of entry three) or our online application form.
Three years full-time for the BSc or one year full-time for the final year 'top up' programme.
Students will attend college for 13 hours per week usually over three to four days in year one and year two, then 10 hours per week usually over two days in year three.
Many graduates continue their education and may progress to other areas of study or undertake postgraduate research at either Masters or Doctorate level.
Students have gone on to pursue careers in the wide and diverse equine industry as nutritionists, laboratory technicians, researchers and lecturers, plus many more.
Students will require sturdy footwear, a riding hat (PAS015 standard or equivalent), gloves, boots, dark jodhpurs / trousers, coat and a basic grooming kit for equine based practical sessions.
Students are required to provide their own laboratory coats, available via the college online shop, as well as to purchase core texts to support studies and make small contributions (usually up to £25) to attend study visits on some modules.
Please use the following links to learn more about our policies and procedures.
- Academic Regulations: This programme follow the regulations of The Royal Agricultural University.
- Student Disciplinary Policy
- Higher Education College Charter
Please visit our Document Downloads page to access the college's other policies, i.e. our Mental Health Policy.
Applicants should have a minimum of 80 UCAS points at A-Level, a Level 3 Extended Diploma or equivalent or an Access to Higher Education Diploma, plus a satisfactory reference.
Life experience of mature students will be taken into account when considering applications. The successful completion of an entry task may be required when considering applications without the required formal entry qualifications.
For advanced entry to final level, a relevant Level 5 qualification such as a Foundation Degree is required.
If your first language is not English, or you require a Tier 4 student visa to study and do not hold GCSE grade C English or equivalent, you will be required to provide evidence of your English language proficiency level such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each skill).
BSc (Hons) Equine Science
Rebecca spent five years in total at the College, progressing from further education to complete her degree.
Ahead of her graduation, she secured a job with the NFU and says she is confident the skills and knowledge she has developed at Bishop Burton have fully prepared her for the role.
“We’ve covered different types of riding, including flat work and jumping, and have learned how to coach others,” said Rebecca.
“We’ve done sports psychology to help you in competition. We’ve also covered nutrition and sports science. It gives you a lot of opportunities.
“I’ve now got a job with NFU working on equine claims and my time at College has fully prepared me for it. I saw the job advertised and then I found out more about it when the NFU came to an equine careers event here at the College.
“I’ve learned all the tools and techniques I will need for the job.”