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FdSc Applied Equine Management (Coaching)

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Foundation Degree (Level 5)

Study Mode



2 years full-time/3 years part-time

Start Date

September 2024

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 coaching pathway offers excellent preparation for those looking to gain skills in developing the performance of the horse and rider dynamic, with applied coaching techniques developed throughout the programme as well as underpinning of science to inform training of both the human and equine athlete.

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Course Information

  • Develop you into a critically informed, reflective and adaptable graduate that is prepared to enter a wide variety of scientific roles.
  • Give you the key theoretical underpinning of scientific principles surrounding application of equine management practices.
  • Equip you with the practical skills and vocational experience in preparation for entering a diverse range of employment opportunities within the equine management, training and reproduction roles.
  • Help you to become an independent student with a reflective approach to enhancing their own career prospects and continued professional development.
  • Equip you with the skills, knowledge and understanding to work effectively in the equine industry, with specialisms developing towards sport science and coaching or therapy and rehabilitation.
  • Give you the ability to assess and explore alternative solutions to promote health and performance.

Year 1

  • Equine Anatomy and Physiology
  • Academic, Employment and Professional Skills
  • Applied Vocational Equine Management
  • Equine Sports Coaching
  • Introduction to Sports Science
  • Option Module: Equitation* or Equine Nutrition (*Ridden elective modules are subject to riding assessments. Option modules will run where there are sufficient student numbers, otherwise an alternative option module may be offered.)
  • Introduction to Research Skills
  • Free training towards BHS Stage Assessments throughout your programme

Year 2

  • Equine Exercise Physiology
  • Equine Facility Management
  • Option Module: Advanced Equitation* or Equine Behaviour and Welfare (* Ridden elective modules are subject to riding assessments. Option modules will run where there are sufficient student numbers, otherwise an alternative option module may be offered.)
  • Advanced Equine Coaching
  • Rider Health and Fitness
  • Introductory Research Analysis
  • Free training towards BHS Stage Assessments throughout your programme

You will be required to have:

- A minimum of 72 UCAS points


- A relevant BTEC Level 3 and significant industry experience


- GCSE English at grade 4 or above, or an equivalent qualification

- A suitable reference

- Equitation modules require riding to BHS Stage 2 or equivalent standard, or above

UCAS points may be from qualifications such as A Levels, T 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 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 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.

Advanced entry may be possible due to prior experience or certificated learning; applicants are invited to complete the accreditation of prior learning approval process. If you have an appropriate HNC, you can apply for direct entry to Year 2.

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, you will 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 you will undertake weekly yard experience with both academic and commercial instructors, developing both industry and transferable skills.

You will have approximately 16 hours of contact time each week, including lectures, seminars, practicals and tutorials. This is inclusive of four hours experience per week at our commercial Equine Centre.

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

You can expect to receive your timetable during induction week.

You will undertake 80 hours of external work placements within an appropriate establishment during level 4 of the programme.
The programme incorporated a variety of assessment methods across each academic year. The mix of assessments will seek to challenge and evaluate your knowledge, understanding and skills. Assessments for this programme may include written assignments, time constrained assessments, logbooks/portfolios, practical assessments, seminars and presentations, project-based assessments and examinations. Tutors provide support for assessments in class. There will also be opportunity for formative assessment and feedback during the delivery of each module to monitor learning, and to support and prepare you for the summative assessments which make up the module. Feedback on your summative assessments will be given which will allow you to guide efforts and activities in subsequent modules. Staff aim to return assessed work within a 20 working day timeframe (not including holidays) so that you can most benefit from the feedback.
  • 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 Bishop Burton, you will also need: A body protector (BETA Level Three 2009. 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, soft peaked hat or preferably jockey skull hat and silk to the standards listed above.
  • Students can access free British Horse Society exam training onsite during their studies, the examination cost and BHS membership is an additional cost (exams can be undertaken onsite).
  • On successful completion of the programme, you will have the opportunity to graduate at a ceremony wearing formal dress. The hire of the formal dress is an additional cost.
This programme prepares you to go on to further study within areas such as teaching, BHS qualifications and industry careers such as performance analysis. You are also able to progress to top up to the BSc (Hons) Equine Sports Science and Coaching here at UCBB.
Upon graduating from this programme you could progress into a wide variety of areas including yard and facility management as well as teaching/lecturing, within retail companies, product manufacturers and welfare organisation. Practical skill development will allow you to consider self-employment.

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