Hartpury College
BSc (Hons)

Equestrian Sports Science



Course Overview

Equestrian sports are unusual in that they require the co-ordination of effort between the human athlete and the equine athlete. The Equestrian Sports Science degree will enable you to study the athletic combination of horse and rider and develop research into the interaction between the two. You will develop an in-depth knowledge of the support required for horses and riders competing at the highest levels of competition in all aspects of equine sport.

The degree covers both equine and sporting expertise and will set you up for a wide variety of career opportunities within the equine and sporting industries.

Lecturers have extensive academic and industry experience in areas such as equine sports medicine, equine performance and biomechanics.

Hartpury’s equine facilities are some of the best in the country and include championship indoor and outdoor arenas, and the Equine Veterinary and Therapy Centre (which includes an Aqua-Fit and a high speed equine treadmill). In addition The Hartpury College Equine Centre provides extensive DIY facilities and is approved to teach to FBHS level. All facilities provide students with the opportunity to gain valuable practical experience.

Students will have access to modern laboratories, including the human sports science laboratory.

The Equestrian Sports Science programme can be completed full time in three years; part time routes are available and should be planned with your programme manager.

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 offer to pay for British Horse Society Junior Gold Membership in your first year. Benefits include British Horse magazine delivered to your door, special offers throughout the year, including a free ticket to the Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead; access to world-renowned education and examinations; free expert advice and guidance on a wide range of equestrian matters; and campaigning on national and local issues important to you. For more information visit https://www.bhs.org.uk/membership/types-of-memberships/gold-junior-membership

Or if you would prefer to be a member of something sport orientated we would instead offer to pay for your The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (Bases) membership in your first year. This membership includes benefits such as being part of the largest sport and exercise sciences network in the UK; keeping ahead of the field with leading edge BASES conferences and workshops; and a subscription to BASES' quarterly publication, The Sport and Exercise Scientist. For more information visit http://www.bases.org.uk/membership

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

280 (typical offer)

A level subjects grades

Two A2s to include a biological science (For example PE)

Level 3 Extended Diploma subjects grades


International Baccalaureate

25 points


Yes - must include a biology/biological science subject


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).
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 email admissions@hartpury.ac.uk  to request a part-time university application form.

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    • Animal Nutrition
    • Equine Functional Anatomy
    • Introduction to Equestrian Sports
    • Introduction to functional Anatomy and Sports Biomechanics 
    • Horse and Rider Performance
    • Sports Nutrition
    • Sports Psychology
    • Equine Diagnostics and Therapy
    • Contemporary Issues in Equestrian Sport
    • Equine Sports Medicine
    • Dissertation
    • Advances in Horse and Rider Performance
    • Performance Analysis 

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Career Opportunities


Graduate Profile: Stephanie Bateman, Freelance Equine Journalist

What I do

I freelance for the UK’s top equestrian magazines including Horse Magazine, Horse and Hound, Eventing Magazine and Horse and Rider. About 80% of my work is commissioned - so editors email me a brief which includes a topic, a fee, a word count and a deadline. The other 20% involves me sitting down and thinking of ideas to pitch to editors. I particularly enjoy writing about veterinary subjects as I’ve always found that area very interesting. There’s always lots of variety such as writing features for Horse Magazine and event reporting for Horse and Hound.

Why I chose Hartpury

I’ve always been into horses and that’s what attracted me to Hartpury as the facilities were outstanding. Being able to take my horse with me was definitely a bonus! I did a BTEC in science at college and applied for Hartpury. The equine science degree covers a broad base of topics so there were quite a few options: stud management, nutrition and a few of my friends went into massage.

Getting into the industry

One of my lecturers put me in contact with the British Grooms Association who invited me to write for their membership magazine and it all progressed from there. The marketing manager at Hartpury then invited me to write stories on the equestrian events at the College as a two-day-a-week work experience placement and I helped report on the FEI World Para Dressage Championships in 2007 and the Hartpury showjumping Spectacular in 2008. My lecturers also gave me contacts for magazine editors and I did two weeks at Horse Magazine and two weeks at Horse and Hound. About a year after graduating, I got a full-time job with Horse Magazine where I worked for nearly two years as editorial assistant before joining Horse and Rider as assistant editor for a year. Now I’m freelancing.

Using my degree at work

When I did work experience for Horse and Hound they were very impressed with my knowledge of the industry and really rated Hartpury as a high-end equine institution. You’re exposed to so many people in the industry at Hartpury such as top coaches Corinne Bracken and Carl Hester, and the training uses the most up-to-date methods and world-class facilities. People in the equine world are impressed by what you are exposed to at Hartpury.

Advice for people wanting to work in the equine industry

You have to knuckle down and do the work; nobody is going to do it for you. It’s important not to go to Hartpury and expect to know what you want to do right away. Be open-minded about what is out there. You’ll have access to all the different equine areas so talk to other people in the industry. Hartpury will give you great opportunities to meet people and make contacts. Employers want that ‘real world’ experience; you now need industry experience as well as a degree. Consider going out and getting a job in your summer holidays in an area that interests you, and make sure that you use your time wisely.