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.

Vocational experience gained within the Work Based Learning modules within this programme takes place on our busy equine centre. Students benefit from working alongside academic and commercial teams to develop skills essential for succeeding in industry, as well as the opportunity to undertake work placements at external establishments.

Students wishing to study this programme from September 2020 should apply to do so at the Bishop Burton campus. Applications to study at our Riseholme campus are now closed.

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 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 plus funding for the cost of one BHS Assessment day for first year students. 
  • 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. Students can choose to be taught at either the Bishop Burton campus, in East Yorkshire, or the Riseholme campus, in Lincolnshire.

  • 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 Sports Science and Coaching 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

    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, 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

    Application is through UCAS using the code D3C7, choosing to study at either the Bishop Burton or Riseholme College.

    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 guides to find out more about studying the FdSc Equine Sports Science and Coaching programme at either University Centre Bishop Burton or Riseholme College.

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