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.
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.
Application is through UCAS using the code D3C7.
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
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 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) 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.