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Equine Degree Courses

Is your ambition to work in the equine industry? Perhaps you want to take your riding skills to a higher level?

Our equine degree courses will help you fulfil your career ambitions and, if you’re a keen rider, you’ll have lots of scope to train and compete.

At University Centre Bishop Burton (UCBB) you’ll have access to outstanding facilities. You’ll learn from experts, be exposed to the latest developments in equine science, participate in high profile events, meet valuable industry contacts and, for riders, there are unrivalled opportunities to develop your skills.

World class facilities

You’ll find some of the very best equestrian facilities in the UK at UCBB, including four outdoor and three indoor arenas for top-level showjumping and dressage.

Expert lecturers and instructors

You’ll study with the guidance of expert lecturers and instructors, many active in the industry alongside their UCBB commitments. Their expertise covers equine management, horse care, equine therapy, equine sports coaching, rehabilitation, and much more.

Theory, research, practice

Studying for an equine degree at UCBB you’ll explore essential theory, take part in leading equine science research, put theory into practice, work in depth on case studies, and, depending on your course choice, you’ll acquire valuable entrepreneurial, and business know-how.

Your equine degree can be tailored to your strengths, interests and aims!

You’ll also gain valuable experience working alongside equine staff on the regional, national, and international equine events we host.

Apply for our Equine Academy

Designed for experienced competitive riders, or those with the potential to be, our prestigious Equine Academy can offer you expert coaching to help you develop.

Careers focused

Our degrees have all been designed to meet the needs of the equestrian industry, so you can open the door to a range of careers, including:

  • Bloodstock agent
  • Coach/instructor
  • Equine nutritionist
  • Equestrian centre manager
  • Insurance advisor
  • Lecturer
  • Therapy practitioner
  • Yard manager

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Student Profiles

Paige Read

Paige Read - BSc (Hons) in Equine Science

"UCBB is so specific and individual. The small group sizes make it so much better for learning... the equipment and everything UCBB has to offer is just fantastic."

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Meet your tutors

Rebecca Brassington HEAL Equine

Rebecca Brassington

Higher Education Academic Lead for Equine

With nearly 14 years of teaching experience, Becky utilises her previous industry experience in microbiology and equine therapy to inform her teaching. She is a member of the committee developing Equine Hydrotherapy qualifications with ABC. 

Becky was an equine therapist for nine years and has a postgraduate diploma - McTimoney Corley Animal Manipulation.

Becky's research focuses on behaviour, equitation science and equine injury. She has contributed to a number of research publications and presentations - both nationally and internationally - on the complex subject of equine therapy. Topics have varied from impinging dorsal spinal processes (characteristics and treatment impact) to the impact of wind surgery on a thoroughbred racehorse's performance. 
She is keen to continue exploring equine therapy on a water treadmill.


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