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 (elective)
- Equine sports coaching
- Equine exercise physiology
- Advanced equine coaching (elective).
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.
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.
Equitation modules require riding to BHS Stage 2 or equivalent standard, or above.
BSc (Hons) Business Management for the Equine Industry
Having completed her degree in Business Management for the Equine Industry at Bishop Burton College, Celeste now works at Equikro within online sales and marketing.
"The course at Bishop Burton gave me an in depth knowledge of what is required for a successful business so that I can confidently apply this to my job role."
What did you like about Bishop Burton College?
I was made to feel very welcome. The College has everything you need on campus, including the Learning Resource Centre, Higher Education Centre and nice accommodation.
What is the best thing about your course?
Bishop Burton has smaller lecture groups than most universities, making it easy to ask questions when you don't understand and allowing for more one-to-one assignment support with lecturers. The tutors also give really constructive feedback on assignments, which is useful for improvement.
Not everything on the course was equine related, which was great for relating knoweldge to all different businesses. It gave me all the skills I would need to set up my own business, such as how to write a business / marketing plan and how to create a business website.
What are your hopes for the future?
I now work at an equine company called Equikro, doing online sales and marketeing. The course at Bishop Buron helped me to develop so many skills that I have to use in my new job, including doing business presentations and other activities that pushed me out of my comfort zone and improved my confidence. The improvement in my communication skills allows me to deal with customers confidently in person and over the phone.
I plan to continue working at Equikro and hope to work my way up in the company. I intend to eventually apply all of my experience to starting up my own business.