The Course

The demand for qualified and experienced equine practitioners has grown over recent years, with many more horse owners, trainers and riders recognising the need to promote the health and well-being of their horses in order to maximise welfare and performance and prevent injury.

The complex nature of injury development and poor performance which result from the interaction and influence of a broad range of factors, creates a demand for holistic practitioners who work within the scope of their practice and as part of the multidisciplinary team who manage the equine athlete. This programme will prepare graduates for further study and access to practitioner level qualifications. Excellent theoretical knowledge and practical skills within the field of equine therapy and rehabilitation will underpin decision making and enable development of professional stance. 

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The programme contains a breadth of highly relevant science, to explore in detail anatomy, physiology and biomechanics to ensure appreciation of functional movement. Knowledge and understanding are developed of behaviour, nutrition and exercise physiology to ensure essential underpinning of concepts and applied approaches to working within equine performance roles. The role of para-practitioners and the multi-disciplinary equine team is an important inclusion; the delivery provides extensive opportunity to engage with industry professionals to further prepare for working collaboratively in industry.

The inclusion of modules to develop scientific laboratory techniques is considered beneficial to allow progression in to broader aspects of equine performance roles such as within veterinary laboratories. An enterprise and entrepreneurship module ensures students are effectively prepared for managing their own business or working within management roles of companies, with strong appreciation of transferable skills developed.

The programme benefits from providing students with work experience and assessment on our state-of-the-art equine therapy centre, providing insight into all aspects of a commercially operating facility. This first-hand experience will ensure graduates are fully equipped with knowledge and practical skills to operate and assess the role of specialist equipment. Applied case studies within the programme will further equip graduates with the skills and confidence to implement, monitor and evaluate rehabilitation programmes to promote equine health and performance and will be enhanced by integration of industry and research recognised, state-of-the-art objective measuring tools and equipment.

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, ethical and welfare considerations.

The programme will provide a highly appropriate underpinning qualification to enable progression on to post-graduate study to achieve practitioner status, or the option to incorporate a practitioner level qualification alongside the degree programme.

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  • What You Study

    Year 1:

    • Academic, Employment and Professional Skills 
    • Equine Health & Husbandry 
    • Introduction to Equine Therapy 
    • Equine Anatomy & Physiology 
    • Introduction to Research Skills 
    • Equine Multi-Disciplinary Team 
    • Equine Nutrition 
    • Scientific Principles and Laboratory Skills 

    Year 2:

    • Research Methods & Analysis 
    • Equine Exercise Physiology 
    • Equine Behaviour and Welfare 
    • Equine Therapeutic Modalities and Ground Schooling 
    • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
    • Equine Infectious Disease 

    Year 3: 

    • Dissertation
    • Equine Sport Injury and Diagnostic Techniques 
    • Applied Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation 
    • Applied Equine Biomechanics 
    • 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:    

    • 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 that are used to reinforce those concepts delivered theoretically. Practical sessions will focus on development of husbandry and handling, therapy and research equipment operation, therapeutic techniques and laboratory skills. 

    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, seminares 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 postgraduate study, including MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy and MSc Animal Manipulation (Chiropractic), in addition to broader Equine Performance and Science related Masters level programmes, enabling further progression onto Doctoral level. Students may also undertake a broad range of other practitioner level courses to complement their programme of study, such as Equine Sports Massage.

  • 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); assistants/operatives within equine rehabilitation, welfare, and racehorse rehabilitation centres; laboratory technicians and managers; FE and HE Lecturers; research assistants; equine performance analysts.

  • Equipment Required / Additional Costs

    For your course, you will need:

    • A tablet, smartphone, laptop or stationery to take notes in lectures and seminars
    • College-branded white laboratory coat
    • Riding hat to current (PAS015 with BSI kitemark) standard in a dark plain colour or silk
    • Plain, dark coloured trousers or breeches or jodhpurs not jeans
    • Gloves for horse handling
    • Yard boots or wellington boots (NB: Boots are not permitted within the classroom, so a change of footwear is advisable)

    If you are undertaking any riding at the college, you will also need the following:

    • Body protector (BETA Level Three 2009). Please note, we do not permit Air Jackets in any day to day sessions.
    • Long riding boots or short boots with gaiters
    • Schooling / Jumping whip
    • Long sleeved base layer or thin top and
    • Soft peaked hat or preferable jockey skull hat and silk to the standards listed above
  • How To Apply

    For the three-year BSc programme, application is through UCAS, using code DD43.

    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.

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