Hartpury College

Equine Performance (FdSc)



Course Overview

If you are interested in a career aimed at managing performance horses, this course will give you the specific knowledge and skills necessary for entry into this exciting industry of equine performance. Students are able to widen their skill base, develop key contacts and gain valuable work experience with an opportunity to take a Sandwich year and work within the industry between years 1 and 2.

You will study fundamental practical horse management skills, while developing a critical awareness behind management decisions. Work experience forms an important part of this course including the opportunity to spend 12 months gaining specialist experience in an area of performance horse management.

You will also have access to some excellent opportunities and experiences to advance your knowledge of performance horses, including the Olympic equestrian disciplines of Dressage, Show Jumping and Eventing, as well as the Paralympic discipline of Para-Dressage. Seminars and speakers in a wide range of equestrian sport related areas will also enhance your learning experience. As a student there are opportunities to attend these events, often at a greatly reduced, or even no, cost.

The programme can be completed full time in two years, or three years with a sandwich year. Part time routes are also 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

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, Science.

Tariff points range


A level subjects grades

One A2, preferably in a biological science together with practical equine experience.

Level 3 Extended Diploma subjects grades


International Baccalaureate

24 Points




Extensive experience in the Equine industry

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In Brief


2 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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    • Equine structure and function
    • Equitation
    • Equine industry
    • Equestrian practice
    • Management of injury
    • Ground schooling
    • Equine performance
    • Management of the performance horse


Rachel Kent – Sponsorship Co-ordinator at the Three Counties Showground

About my job

I manage about 50 different sponsorship accounts for four different major shows across the year. The accounts I manage are incredibly varied - some are equestrian, some agricultural, some sporting and some are from very different industry sectors like building management, educational institutions and clothing brands.

Why Hartpury?

When I returned from my Foundation Degree sandwich year, I chose to stay at Hartpury and top-up to the BSc (Hons) Equine Management degree. I then went on to do my Masters and that progression route from foundation right through to Masters suited me prefectly. It enabled me to focus in on my areas of interest, hone so many different skills and gain a really wide variety of work experience. The opportunities at Hartpury are limitless. I was crazy busy as a result but I learned a lot about myself and gained impressive skills which have since helped me to start out on a great career.

My most memorable experiences at Hartpury

So many! Endless memories of barbeques, movie nights and enjoying the sun in the beautiful grounds, not to mention trying to balance study with nights out! I organised a ‘Take Me Out’ event once for the Student Union. It was so stressful and I think I had a 3,000 word assignment in for the next day. Loading your plate like that is the best way to learn to work under pressure.

Using my degree at work

I use what I learned during my studies at Hartpury every day, especially from the practical side, like delivering presentations to members of the board. Equally, I learned a lot about putting packs together for sponsors during my Masters in Sports Business Management. Time management and organisation is a huge part of any job role and Hartpury helped me with that by always giving me a full plate!

How I got into the industry

I’ve always been interested in agriculture but I didn’t want to spend my career in wellies! I worked within the marketing team at Hartpury and that opened my eyes to more career possibilities. Networking was also key and it’s such an underrated skill. If you’re interested in working for someone, make use of the skills you already have, and follow them on Twitter, like them on Facebook and add them on LinkedIn.

Advice for graduates

While you’re at university, get as much work experience as you can. It’s the only time in your life where you have a guaranteed income from your loan – use the extra time to get part-time jobs or voluntary roles in environments you wouldn’t normally put yourself into – you might find that you like them! Finally, don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you’re interested in a career find out as much as you can about it. Preparation is key!

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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