The importance of therapy and rehabilitation of horses is widely recognised for the valuable contribution it makes to producing and maintaining the equine athlete. This programme is designed for people with prior experience of horses seeking to develop their academic knowledge and practical skills within the therapy and rehabilitation sector. With horse owners now recognising the need to promote the health and well-being of their horses in order to maximise performance, there has never been a better time for equine therapy. Students can also study an additional qualification with the Equine Management Academy (EMA) alongside this programme.
- Applied vocational equine management
- Therapy and training for performance and rehabilitation
- Equine nutrition
- Equine anatomy and physiology
- Equine facility management
- Equine exercise physiology
- Specialist equine practice.
Application is through UCAS, using code DD4J.
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 are in college 15.5 hours per week, usually timetabled over three or four days.
Successful completion of a Foundation Degree allows students to enter on to Level 6 (‘top up’) of a relevant Honours Degree programme.
Students are assessed through coursework (including reports, presentations, lab reports and portfolios), practical / ridden assessments and formal examinations.
Students undertake four hours practical experience on the college yard per week, plus 80 hours external placement per year.
Work as a therapy practitioner (subject to completion of an additional Equine Massage Academy qualification), an assistant at a training or rehabilitation centre, or jobs in the wider horse industry.
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 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 or a Level 3 Extended Diploma or equivalent.
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.
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 Therapy and Rehabilitation
Asheligh started at Bishop Burton College on the NVQ Level One Horse Care. She has since progressed right through to degree level at the College and now manages a a showing yard.
Q. Tell us about your current role?
A: I currently manage a small showing yard, where I started as a Saturday girl during my studies. This has opened up many opportunities for me and helped me to gain a real feel for the industry in which I have studied for so long.
Q: What did you like about Bishop Burton College?
A: I loved the course content and the environment in which we were given to work in. It enabled both hands on practical learning as well as theory based learning. As I progressed through the levels of learning, I found that the teaching becomes more focused towards what you want to learn and get out of the course. The College has a great selection of knowledgeable lecturers, not just from the equine industry, which helped to give an alternative perspective.
I am a single mother, having to juggle childcare with study at the College, and staff were always helpful and encouraged me when things got tough. They made it possible and easier for me in my situation, always eager to help wherever possible.
I would recommend the College to anyone who has the passion to extend their knowledge and want to learn and flourish.
Q: What are your hopes for the future?
A: I hope to come self-employed with my own equine massage business, so I'm currently working towards completing the EMA massage practitioners course. I am also considering studying for a PGCE or equivalent to become a lecturer.