This programme combines academic modules in equine and human sport science with practical equitation and coaching modules that will enable you to appreciate the role of the professional coach and to understand the qualities needed to coach effectively.
- Equine anatomy and physiology
- Applied vocational equine management
- Equitation (elective)
- Introduction to sports science (elective)
- Performance analysis in sport
- Equine sports coaching
- Equine exercise physiology
- Advanced equine coaching.
Application is through UCAS using the code D3C7.
Two years full-time.
Students will attend College for 15.5 hours, timetabled over three to four days.
Successful completion of a Foundation Degree allows students to enter on to Level 6 (‘top up’) of the relevant Honours Degree programme.
Students are assessed through coursework (including reports, presentations, lab reports and portfolios), practical, ridden and coaching assessments and formal examinations.
Students undertake four hours practical experience on the College yard per week, plus 80 hours external placement per year.
Graduates may wish to seek a career within the equine or sports industries, including working as a coach, yard manager, RDA instructor (subject to completion of additional industry qualifications such as BHS or UKCC), professional rider or fitness instructor in non-equestrian.
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 and a College sweatshirt / polo shirt for yard experience, 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 by September 2018. Find out more.
Applicants should have a minimum of 48 UCAS points at A-Level, 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.
BSc (Hons) Business Management for the Equine Industry
After completing the Level Three Diploma in Horse Management at Bishop Burton College, Dean progressed to study at degree level with a focus on business, which led to his role as Horse Producer at WS Equestrian.
Q: Tell us about your role?
A: I produce show horses and ponies, school/break in horses, as well as teaching. I manage the yard myself, which involves everything from ordering feed to mucking out and working the horses, additionally I host equine clinics at Cottingham.
Q: How has the course you completed at Bishop Burton College helped you in your career so far? Are there any skills that you learnt at College that you use regularly in your current position?
A: The course helped me with my people skills, allowing me to interact with customers and clients in the best possible ways. The business modules gave me an insight into what was involved in running a business - books, plans etc., which has been invaluable. I was also lucky enough to ride on the Equine Academy so that helped on developing both my riding ability and the horses’ ‘way of going’.