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.
Please note that due to changes for all higher education providers, the college has made an application to be registered with the Office for Students and expects an answer soon. Find out more.
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.
BSc (Hons) Equine Science
Gemma’s career has taken off since she graduated from Bishop Burton College with a First Class BSc (Hons) Degree in Equine Science. She initially landed a job with an equine insurance company, where she progressed to the role of Team Leader before landing her dream job as Head of Welfare and Passports for the British Horse Society. Whilst I am career-focussed I still compete at every opportunity. I have a stud of Highland Ponies and have shown and won at every major show around the UK.
Q: What do you like about Bishop Burton College?
A: As well as the friendly atmosphere, the facilities are second to none. My dissertation was heavily laboratory-based and the science facilities ensured that I had all the necessary equipment I required. The equine industry is renowned for being highly competitive but my degree ensured I developed the required skills needed to embark on what has become a successful career. There was also the added benefit of making some lifelong friends and having the time of my life for three years!
Q: What is the best thing about your course?
A: A previous student had recommended the degree to me and I am happy to say I was not disappointed. My lecturers were all fantastic and very supportive throughout my three years at the College. As I mentioned the facilities the College has are also excellent.
Q: What are your hopes for the future?
A: I am lucky enough to have my dream job within the equine industry already, so anything else is just a bonus.