The Course

This programme will prepare graduates with excellent therapeutic practical skills and rehabilitation strategies to implement based on in depth assessment and apply academic knowledge to provide sound justification of ideas.

The programme benefits from state of the art therapy and rehabilitation facilities to ensure graduates are fully equipped with knowledge and practical skills to operate and assess the role of specialist equipment to promote equine health and performance.

Upon entering the industry graduates will have in-depth appreciation and understanding of scientific principles, technical expertise and practical competence in the management, therapy and rehabilitation of horses within legislative and ethical considerations.

View the policies and procedures that students registering on this programme would be agreeing to comply with.

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 and Equine Nutrition, and include modules designed to provide underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills in Introduction to Equine Therapy, Applied Equine Anatomy and Specialist Equine Practice.

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

    Year 2:

    Subjects develop on the first year incorporating valuable topics such as Equine Exercise Physiology, Equine Disease and Equine Behaviour and Welfare.

    Students complete specialised modules to support working in the therapy industry including Groundwork and Therapy and Training for Performance and Rehabilitation.

    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.

    Conducting a long term equine case study offers excellent applied skills in the assessment, implementation and evaluation of rehabilitation strategies. 

    The module Complementary and Alternative Therapies and Rehabilitation incorporates real-life case studies to develop confidence in exercise prescription and evaluation of long-term cases.

    Students undertake a range of modules including Equine Sport Injury and Diagnostics, Advanced Equine Nutrition and Applied Equine Biomechanics to support entering therapy roles or broader employment.

  • 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 graduates continue their education and may progress to other areas of study or undertake postgraduate research at either Masters (such as Veterinary Physiotherapy) or Doctorate level.

  • Careers

    Students graduating from this programme could follow careers in the wide and diverse equine industry as self-employed equine musculoskeletal therapists (NB: an additional practitioner level qualification must be attained to achieve practitioner status), managers/operatives within equine rehabilitation centres, lecturers, laboratory technicians and managers. 

    Many graduates continue their education and may progress to other areas of study or undertake postgraduate research at either Masters or Doctoral level. Many progress towards a career in Veterinary Physiotherapy. 

  • 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.

    Students will need to purchase stationery, textbooks 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 DD43.

    If you wish to enter into the final year of the course following successful completion of a relevant Foundation degree, please apply either via UCAS (selecting three as the year of entry).

    If you are currently studying for a degree at Bishop Burton and wish to 'top up', please apply via 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 Therapy and Rehabilitation programme.


Greta moved from her home in Italy to study the BSc (Hons) Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation (Top Up) at the University Centre Bishop Burton and describes it as a “dream”

I’ve just loved it here. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve studied. All of the modules are great and the lecturers are brilliant.

Other Equine Courses

You seem to be using an unsupported browser

To get the most out of this site please upgrade your browser.