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The Course

This programme is designed to develop excellent equine practical management skills underpinned with sound academic knowledge to promote the health and well-being of horses whilst enhancing welfare and performance.

You will study a breadth of modules surrounding equine management and undertake a vast amount of practical experience on our busy commercial equine centre to be well prepared to enter a variety of applied roles in the industry.

The therapy pathway provides you with valuable skills in the assessment of the horse and ability to implement, monitor and assess the role of specialist equipment. 

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  • What You Study

    Year 1:

    Modules introduce the student to Equine Anatomy and Physiology and Applied Vocational Equine Management and include modules specific to the programme, such as Equine Sports Coaching and Introduction to Sports Science.

    Students can choose between an elective Equitation* module and studying Equine Nutrition. 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 and Equine Facility Management.

    Students complete specialised modules to support working in the Sports Science and Coaching industry including Advanced Equitation*, Advanced Equine Coaching and Rider Health and Fitness. Those students electing not to ride will have the opportunity to study Equine Behaviour and Welfare.

    Valuable transferable skills are gained in Introductory Research Analysis.  

    • 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.
  • Entry Requirements

    • Applicants will have a minimum of 80 UCAS points, which may be from qualifications such as A Levels, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas, Access to Higher Education 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 your 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.
    • Equitation modules require riding to BHS Stage 2 or equivalent standard, or above.
  • Contact Time

    Approximately 16 hours a week to include lectures, seminars, practicals and tutorials.

    Students are also expected to carry out a significant amount of private study in addition to contact time (25-30 hours a week).

    Students can expect to receive their timetables during induction week.

  • Work Experience

    Students undertake 80 hours of external work placements within an appropriate establishment during level 4 of the programme. 

  • 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. Within work based learning modules students undertake weekly yard experience with both academic and commercial instructors, developing both industry and transferable skills.

  • 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 the final year of the BSc (Hons) Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation programme, available at our Bishop Burton campus.

  • 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. 

  • 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

    Application is through UCAS using the code D3T7.

    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 studying the FdSc Applied Equine Management (Therapy) at University Centre Bishop Burton.

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