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
- Equine sports coaching
- Equine exercise physiology
- Advanced equine coaching
- Equine behaviour and welfare (elective)
Application is through UCAS using the code D3C7.
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.
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.
Applicants should have a minimum of 80 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.
Equitation modules require riding to BHS Stage 2 or equivalent standard, or above.
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).
FdSc Equine Sports Science and Coaching
Emily had been passionate about horses since the age of five. With the help of Bishop Burton, Emily and her horse were both able to develop with the support, facilities and opportunities the college offers. She now works for Neue Schule as Product and Marketing Specialist.
"There was so much I loved about my time at Bishop Burton. The small class sizes made help so accessible and I felt I had lots of support from my lecturers. I also loved how practical my course was, I feel it was very suited to my style of learning! We had lots of time hands-on with the horses, which I really enjoyed. Although the content of each module was varied I feel they all complimented each other.
My course developed my communication skills and gave me the confidence required when speaking to clients and presenting at events. Many of the technologies I now use with my job I was introduced to on my course, which gave me a good understanding of how they work before taking up my role. In addition, the skills I learnt as a coach enabled me to develop a good eye for how a horse and rider should be working together and will be of great benefit to me when giving bitting advice in the future.
The equestrian facilities are incredible and having affiliated competitions hosted on site each week made competing so accessible. The thing I loved most about Bishop Burton most though was the people. Everybody supported each other, whether that was helping with caring for your horse or calming you down with the stress of deadlines. It really was like a big family!