As part of this degree, you will get the chance to combine academic modules in equine and human sport science with practical equitation and coaching modules. The combination of modules will enable you to appreciate the role of the professional coach and to understand the qualities needed to coach effectively. Students will explore in-depth concepts of psychology, rehabilitation, rider performance and inclusive practices. A final year 'top up' is also available for applicants who have a HND or Foundation Degree in an appropriate subject.
- Equine anatomy and physiology
- Performance analysis in sport (elective)
- Advanced equitation (elective)
- Equine exercise physiology
- Sport psychology
- Applied equine biomechanics
- Specialist coaching
- Rider performance
- Principles of fitness and sport coaching.
For the three-year BSc programme, application is through UCAS, using code D3C6.
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.
Applications for the year you wish to study open in September the year before. Whilst UCAS advertise a January deadline, we continue to accept applications through to the September you wish to start with us, provided we have spaces available and the course remains open.
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.
Successful completion of this course would also allow graduates to progress to postgraduate study at either Masters or Doctorate level.
Students are assessed through coursework (including reports, presentations, lab reports and portfolios), practical, ridden and coaching assessments and formal examinations.
Upon completion of studies, students have secured employment in many exciting positions within the equine and human sports industries, either working as a coach (subject to further industry qualifications, such as BHS or UKCC) or sports conditioning and performance experts.
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 also require a body protector for all jumping sessions (BETA Level 3 2009- Air Jackets are not permitted in day-to-day sessions) for those taking optional equitation modules.
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 or a relevant Level 3 Extended Diploma or equivalent, 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.
Equitation modules require riding to BHS Stage 2 or equivalent standard, or above.
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 Sports Science and Coaching
Having completed a BTEC Level Three Extended Diploma in Horse Management at Bishop Burton College, Sacha later took up the BSc Equine Sports Science and Coaching top-up option at the College. Sacha is now an Equine Claims Handler for NFU Mutual and is completing a Chartered Insurance Institution Qualification,
"I would encourage anyone who wants to pursue a career in the equine industry or has a passion for horses to consider what Bishop Burton has to offer."
The learning environment and the tutors at Bishop Burton are exceptional. It feels like home - that's why I decided to return to Bishop Burton to complete my top-up degree.
In the March of my fiinal year at Bishop Burton, I was invited for an interview at NFU Mutual for an Equine Claims Handler position and I was subsequently offered the job upon completion of my degree at Bishop. I’m now working to complete my CII (Chartered Insurance Institute) qualifications and hopefully progress further into an equine insurance career.
I have one horse on full loan to me, who I actually met through Bishop Burton when he came to the college on working livery during the first year of my BTEC course. We currently compete British Showjumping at Discovery (1m) and Newcomers (1.10m) level, although Rubin is an all-rounder and can turn his hoof to most activities.