BSc (Hons) Equine Studies Degree
The three year full-time degree programme in Equine Studies has been carefully designed to enable students to develop appropriate skills and knowledge to prepare for a career in a demanding and exciting industry.
The BSc (Hons) Equine Studies course utilises excellent teaching facilities across all subject areas, with the Equine Centre playing a pivotal role.
Our excellent learning resources will help you develop riding and husbandry skills in Year 1, through to using the resources for your dissertation in Year 3.
Teaching and Learning
Year 1 and 3 students work collaboratively every year to host an inter-college event at the Equine Centre. The Equine Centre hosted ‘horse whisperer’ Monty Roberts and an international research team scientifically comparing his methods with UK conventional training when starting young horses. Students were invited to assist in the running of this project from day to day horse care through to Year 3 dissertation data collection.
Optional units in Year 3 will enable you to choose a study path appropriate to your career needs. A dissertation in your final year will focus on a particular area of personal interest. For example, one student recently presented a study assessing the possible benefits of Pilates exercise to the horse rider.
Delivery of the course is complemented by a range of visits to studs, sports horse centres and competition grounds, with guest speakers in nutrition, physiotherapy and other subjects. An international study tour is invaluable in widening your awareness of the equine industry, as well as being great fun and a chance to get to know your fellow students better.
Assessment Methods and Research Opportunities
Tutorial support throughout your programme of study will help you to develop your skills and knowledge, using a varied range of assessments, including case studies, seminars, investigative reports and practical sessions.
What grades will I need?
A total of 240 UCAS points gained at A Level, including a minimum of two grade Cs gained at A2 Level
or BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM
or City & Guilds Ext. Diploma at a Merit with at least six units at Distinction or above
or a BTEC Diploma at DD
or a City and Guilds Diploma at D
or a Merit profile in a relevant Access course with 45 credits at Level 3.
Where will it lead me?
Students will complete a work placement of four weeks in Year 1 and will be expected to keep up with industry developments throughout the course. The team will encourage students to select placements that not only develop their skills, but give them the opportunity to experience good practice.
The equine industry is an ever-expanding leisure sector with plenty of career opportunities for those with good qualifications and practical skills. Areas with particular demand are teaching, livery centres, racing and studs. Progression onto appropriate PhD, MSc or MA programmes is also an option.