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Equestrian sport is benefiting from advances in technology and analysis techniques to improve both rider and equine performance. The underpinning sport science theory in this programme offers essential knowledge and in-depth understanding to develop the equestrian partnership, whilst the coaching techniques and skills developed ensure practical improvements in the horse and rider dyad.

The programme contains a breadth of relevant scientific modules of the horse, including anatomy, exercise physiology and sport injury, ensuring a sound underpinning for entering applied equine facility settings. The applied modules at all levels will produce high quality coaches who can apply scientific training and coaching techniques to equestrian sport. Students progress to study a final year module in coaching specialist populations, providing knowledge and experience of inclusive practices essential for supporting widening participation in equine sport.

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Elective modules within the programme enable students to focus on equitation or broader equine science content to prepare for a wide variety of equine sport performance aspects, giving all graduates a sound academic knowledge and practical application of sport science. Aspects of human fitness, psychology and nutrition all contribute towards improving rider health, as well as supporting graduates for entering broader roles within health, well-being and fitness settings.

The inclusion of technologies throughout modules across levels effectively prepares students with ability to assess and evaluate performance aspects, providing high relevance for a range of roles within coaching, training, product development and sales. Studying contemporary issues ensures the most current industry developments and updates are thoroughly explored and evaluated to further prepare the student for graduate destinations.

The inclusion of enterprise and entrepreneurship ensures students are effectively prepared for managing their own business or working within management roles of companies, with strong appreciation of transferable skills development.

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  • What You Study

    Year 1:

    • Academic, Employment and Professional Skills 
    • Equine Health & Husbandry 
    • Equine Sport Coaching 
    • Equine Anatomy & Physiology 
    • Introduction to Research Skills 
    • Equine Multi-Disciplinary Team 
    • Equitation or Equine Nutrition 
    • Introduction to Sport Science 

    Year 2:

    • Research Methods & Analysis 
    • Equine Exercise Physiology 
    • Advanced Equitation or Equine Behaviour and Welfare 
    • Rider Health and Fitness 
    • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship 
    • Advanced Equine Coaching 
    • Sport Psychology and Behaviour Changes 

    Year 3:

    • Dissertation
    • Rider Performance
    • Applied Equine Biomechanics 
    • Coaching Specialist Populations 
    • Equine Sport Injury 
    • Contemporary Issues in Equestrianism 
  • Entry Requirements

    Applicants are required to have: 

    • A minimum of 104 UCAS points
    • GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or above, or an equivalent qualification
    • An appropriate academic reference 

    UCAS points 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 qualifications: https://ucascomsb1.ucasenvironments.com/ucas/tariff-calculator    

    • 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. 
    • Advanced entry may be possible due to prior experience or certificated learning; applicants will be invited to complete the accreditation of prior learning approval process.
  • Contact Time

    Contact time includes approximately 13 hours a week to include lectures, seminars, practicals and tutorials. 

    Students are also expected to carry out a significant amount of independent study in addition to contact time (approximately 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.

  • Learning and Teaching Approach

    This programme is delivered with a variety of learning and teaching approaches, utilising excellent onsite resources and extensive industry links for applied aspects. For all modules, there are theory lectures delivered, aimed at providing the core content and underpinning knowledge. Lectures are used to convey the basic concepts, and facilitate further expansion of such concepts by the students, through independent study. To complement the theory lectures, students have group seminars and practical sessions that are used to reinforce those concepts delivered theoretically. This programme has a focus on practical ability in a yard and coaching setting, therefore many modules will have theory content supported by active development of practical skills utilising specialist equipment. 

    The teaching methods focus on facilitating a student-centred approach to enhance the independent learning that takes place outside of the classroom.

    Students can expect:

    • Experienced, supportive and motivated staff with both academic and industrial experience.
    • Access to an Online Virtual Learning Environment called iLearn, which is used to enhance and facilitate teaching and independent learning on all programmes.
    • Guest lectures and demonstrations from a range of visiting speakers and off-site trips. 
  • How You're Assessed

    Assessment includes written assignments, time constrained assessments, logbooks and portfolios, practical assessments, seminars and presentations, seminars and presentations, project based assessments, examinations and dissertation.

    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

    The programme is also designed to enable students to progress to post-graduate qualification such as an MSc or MRes in Equine Performance, to extend their knowledge of equine sport science or focus on an area of specialist scientific knowledge. Students may also undertake BHS or UKCC Coaching Pathway examinations to compliment a scientific background knowledge.

  • Careers

    Students graduating from this programme could follow careers in coaching settings in all disciplines, rider psychology, equine product development and sales, yard managerial roles, self employed coaches and rider performance and rehab specialists, such as that sought after for the Injured Jockeys Fund. Some may become lecturers and researchers (may need relevant post-graduate qualification). Students can gain positions within the wide area of the application of equine sport science and/or coaching to horse performance and physiology, rider performance and psychology, and producing combinations to elite level for competition with up to date coaching techniques.  

  • Equipment Required / Additional Costs

    • For up to date information on tuition fees and financial support please click here.
    • Students will need to buy a white college laboratory coat for laboratory practicals available via the college online shop.  Practical yard equipment required includes; riding hat (PAS015), gloves, boots, dark trousers/ jodhpurs, dark waterproof coat.
    • 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.
    • A suitable electronic device e.g. a laptop or tablet, with internet connectivity is required for accessing online learning.
    • 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.

    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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