The Course

The programme benefits from state of the art equine facilities to ensure graduates are fully equipped with knowledge of scientific principles of sport science, coaching, fitness and training to develop performance in equestrian sports.

The programme provides skills and knowledge in assessing and recommending strategies to improve horse and rider performance, by developing an understanding of physical, psychological, and behavioural factors that can affect horse-rider combinations.

Upon entering the industry graduates will have in depth appreciation and understanding of sports science and coaching to enable them to become high-quality coaches who can apply scientific training and coaching techniques to equestrian sport.

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Financial Information

Find the full details on the fees associated with this programme and the financial support available here.

  • What You Study

    Year 1:

    Modules introduce the student to Equine Anatomy and Physiology, Health and Husbandry, and Fundamentals of Science and include modules specific to the programme, such as Equine Sports Coaching and Introduction to Sports Science.

    Students can elect to take either Equitation* or Equine Nutrition in the second semester, the former requires a riding assessment.

    Students are prepared for study with modules in Academic and Research Skills.

    Year 2:

    Subjects build on the first year content, incorporating valuable topics such as Equine Exercise Physiology and Rider Health and Fitness.

    They complete specialised modules to support working in the Sports Science and Coaching industry such as Advanced Equine Coaching. They have the option to study either Advanced Equitation* or Equine Behaviour and Welfare.

    Valuable transferable skills are gained in Entrepreneurship and Equine Resource Technology and Research Methods and Analysis.

    Year 3:

    Students undertake an independent research module to produce a dissertation in their final year of study on a topic of their choice.

    Students also undertake taught modules in Specialist Coaching, Rider Performance, Sport Psychology and Applied Equine Biomechanics which allows the application of in-depth theoretical knowledge in these areas to real-life case studies in preparation for future employment.

    • Option modules will run where there are sufficient student numbers, otherwise an alternative option module may be offered (* denotes ridden elective modules are subject to riding assessments)
    • Free training towards BHS Stage Assessments throughout your programme plus funding for the cost of one BHS Assessment day for first year students. 
  • Entry Requirements

    • Applicants will have a minimum of 104 UCAS points, which may be from qualifications such as A Levels, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas, Access to HE Diplomas and City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diplomas, amongst others. Please use the UCAS Tariff points calculator to determine the UCAS points value of your qualification.
    • Applicants need GCSE English Language at grade C / 4 or above, or an equivalent qualification. 
    • Applicants need an appropriate academic reference.
    • Life and / or experience of non-traditional 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 first language is not English, or a Tier 4 student visa to study is required and GCSE grade C / 4 English or equivalent is not held, English language proficiency level such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each skill) will need evidencing.
    • Students with an appropriate HNC can apply for direct entry to Year 2. 
    • Students with an appropriate Level 5 qualification and animal training experience can apply for direct entry to year 3.
  • Contact Time

    Approximately 13 hours a week to include lectures, seminars, practicals and tutorials in the first two years of the programme.

    Students are also expected to carry out a significant amount of private study in addition to contact time (25-30 hours a week). Independent study includes reading around the subject, preparing for tutorials and seminars, preparing for, and completing, module assessments and revision for examinations; forming an essential part of a student’s learning journey.

    Students can expect to receive their timetables during induction week. Wednesday afternoons are reserved for sport and other extra-curricular activities.

  • Learning and Teaching Approach

    This programme is delivered with a variety of learning and teaching approaches to include all students’ learning styles and preferences.

    For all modules, theory lectures are delivered that aim to deliver the core content and provide the underpinning knowledge. To complement the theory lectures, students have group seminars / practical sessions that are used to reinforce concepts delivered theoretically, utilising excellent laboratory facilities and equine centre.

    The teaching methods focus on facilitating a student centred approach to enhance the independent learning that takes place outside of the classroom. Teaching will take place on the Bishop Burton campus in East Yorkshire, UK.

  • How You're Assessed

    Assessment includes written assignments, practical demonstrations, portfolios, scientific reports, group or individual presentations and examinations. Opportunities for feedback on assessments are available prior to the final submission to support student development and achievement. Staff aim to return assessed work within a 15 working day timeframe (not including holidays) in order that students can most benefit from the feedback.  

  • Progression

    Many students select to complete post-graduate qualifications such as an MSc or teacher training programmes. 

  • Careers

    Students can gain positions within equestrian centres, training and event facilities, governing bodies, product manufacturers, retail companies, and equine welfare organisations. 

    Students who choose to study for the additional BHS qualifications alongside the programme are able to work as equine coaches, both self-employed and within accredited training centres. 

    Those that choose to further their studies with a postgraduate qualification can pursue roles in lecturing and research. 

  • Equipment Required / Additional Costs

    Students will need to buy a white college laboratory coat for laboratory practicals available via our online shop. Practical yard equipment required includes; riding hat (PAS015), gloves, boots, dark trousers/ jodhpurs, dark waterproof coat and body protector (BETA level 3 2009 – purple label standard) for ridden modules.

    Students will need to purchase stationery, text books and any additional qualifications such as BHS stages. Trips and short courses may also be offered at extra cost.

    On successful completion of the programme, students have the opportunity to graduate at a ceremony wearing formal dress. The hire of the formal dress is an additional cost.   

  • How To Apply

    For the three-year BSc programme, application is through UCAS, using code D3C6.

    If you wish to enter into the final year of the course following the successful completion of a relevant FdSc or HND qualification, please apply either via UCAS (selecting year of entry three) or our online application form.

    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 programme remains open.

  • Download Programme Guide

    Download our guide to find out more about the BSc (Hons) Equine Sports Science and Coaching programme.

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