Hartpury College
BSc (Hons)

Equestrian Sports Coaching



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Course Overview

Our Equestrian Sports Coaching degree aims to provide students with the skills, experience, and understanding required of professional coaches within the equine industry. Aspiring and current coaches can gain a higher education qualification, relevant industry-recognised qualifications and research experience to showcase their knowledge in equestrian coaching. Successful graduates will be empowered, confident, and assertive equestrian coaches, able to make choices which are beneficial to a range of horse riders.

To help you make the most of your degree at Hartpury we have decided to provide professional related accreditation for exceptional students starting at Hartpury this September. We will support you towards doing a UKCC qualification in your second year. This will be discussed further once you enrol.

Our students have gone on to some fantastic careers in a wide range of industries and enjoyed some exceptional work placements all over the world, helping them open doors to their dream careers. 

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Entry Requirements


Five GCSEs at Grade C or above to include English, Mathematics and Science

Tariff points range


A level subjects grades

Two A2s to include a biological science

Level 3 Extended Diploma subjects grades


International Baccalaureate

25 points


Applicants will need to have Industry/coaching experience.
Applications for this programme will be subject to a short interview (either on-site or by telephone).

For the most up to date information on your programme, you can find your course information sheet here

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In Brief


3 Years

Tuition fees

Fees for September 2017 entry

UK: £9,250
EU fees: Will remain the same as UK students, £9,250
International: £11,250
Please contact us to discuss part-time fees 

EU students starting this course in Sept 2017 will be eligible to apply for UK student loans for the duration of their course. 

When should I apply

You can apply for September 2017 entry now.  Please check the UCAS website for application deadlines.

How to apply

You must apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). This qualification will be available for a September 2017 start.
Hartpury is an Associate Faculty of the University of the West of England. The Hartpury UCAS code is H22. If you feel that you have accredited prior learning please contact us to discuss your application.
If you want to study this degree on a part-time basis, please apply directly to Hartpury. Contact the Admissions team on +44 (0) 1452 702244 or emailadmissions@hartpury.ac.uk  to request a part-time university application form.

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Course breakdown

  • Coaching Theory
  • Equitation
  • Sport Science for Coaches
  • Horse and Rider Performance
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Contemporary Issues in Equestrian Sport


    • Coaching Practice Portfolio
    • Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics
    • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
    • Introduction to Equestrian Sports
    • Equitation
    • Coaching practice portfolio - Coaching Pedagogy
    • Equine Exercise Physiology
    • Horse and Rider Performance
    • The Reflective Coach
    • Advanced Equitation
    • Undergraduate Research Process
    • Dissertation
    • Coaching Practice Portfolio - Reflective Coaching
    • Advanced Horse and Rider Performance
    • Contemporary in Sports Coaching

course blog post

30 Nov 2016

Hartpury research takes centre stage at national conference

Hartpury University Centre's equestrian sport experts were able to share their knowledge at the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Conference yesterday.

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