Today, horse owners recognise the need to promote the health and well-being of their horses in order to maximise performance. This course covers the core academic and practical applications of equine therapy and rehabilitation, and will give you the chance to explore the valuable contribution it makes to producing and maintaining the equine athlete. Students can select to study an additional equine massage qualification alongside their degree, delivered and awarded by the Equine Massage Academy (EMA). 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
- Fundamentals of science
- Therapy and training for performance and rehabilitation
- Advanced equine nutrition
- Applied equine biomechanics
- Equine sport injury and diagnostics
- Equine disease
- Equine behaviour and welfare
- Complementary and alternative therapies and rehabilitation.
For the three-year BSc programme, application is through UCAS, using code DD43.
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 are in college for 13 hours timetabled usually over three days for year one and two, then 10 hours a week usually over two days for year three.
Many graduates continue their education and may progress to other areas of study or undertake postgraduate research at either Masters (such as Veterinary Physiotherapy) or Doctorate level.
Students are assessed through coursework (including reports, presentations and lab reports), practical assessments and formal examinations.
The nature and diversity of equine therapeutic and rehabilitative industries mean that graduates may progress into a wide range of employment opportunities within the equine industry. Therapy practitioners (subject to the completion of an additional Equine Massage Academy qualification) and technicians at rehabilitation centres and welfare rehoming centres are all possibilities.
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, ideally including Science, a relevant 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 Therapy and Rehabilitation
Having completed the BSc (Hons) Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation degree at Bishop Burton College, Jennifer now has her own business as a Veterinary Physiotherapist.
"For me there was no better choice than Bishop Burton College: from the amazing therapy facilities like the Spa, Water Treadmill and Zamar machine, to the team of talented lecturers who have industry experience which they bring into the modules to teach you hands on skills and techniques."