Hartpury College

Equine Science and Management (FdSc)



Course Overview

There is no better way to enhance your career prospects in the equine industry than by enrolling onto the FdSc Equine Science & Management programme, which provides students with a more practically orientated approach to Higher Education study. Additionally, students can engage with a range of work experiences, ultimately resulting in plenty of angles from which they can market themselves following graduation. The majority of modules on this programme are mapped against the BHS Horse Knowledge and Care syllabus, up to stage three. 
The programme is designed to run over two years full time, and four years part time. Full time students in their first year will be required to complete a module which necessitates a period of work experience on the Hartpury Yard. Successful completion on this module ensures students are capable of working to the highest possible standard in industry. Students must also successfully complete an anatomy and physiology module. Additional module topics in the first year include:

  • Facilities management,
  • Equitation,
  • Nutrition,
  • Veterinary science, and;
  • An overview of the equine industry.

Between the first and second year students in the Equine Science and Management programme are required to source a work placement to complete approximately 250 hours work experience. Hartpury offers Major Events Administration positions to help with the running of the Festival of Dressage and the NAF International Hatrpury Horse Trials. The Hartpury Equine Therapy Centre also caters for work experience students, but students are encouraged to seek out positions for themselves which can be working directly or indirectly with horses. A compulsory module in the second year facilitates reflection on this experience, and offers further opportunities to develop enterprise skills. Additional module topics in the second year include:

  • Behaviour
  • Nutrition
  • Stud and reproduction
  • Equitation
  • Therapy
  • Performance
  • Event Organisation

 Depending on the modules selected students will access a range of facilities on-site including the Animal Science Laboratories, Equine Therapy Centre, performance testing equipment, subject specific lecturers and supportive year tutors.

In order to see the facilities and meet the staff to discuss your options you are invited to attend any of the university open mornings. Timetabling and other queries can also be directed to the programme leader via enquiries@hartpury.ac.uk

At the end of the FdSc Equine Science and Management, students do have the option to continue their study by topping up onto the BSc (Hons) Equine Management top-up programme.  This option is open for discussion with the programme leader. 

The programme can be completed full time in two years; part time routes are available and should be planned with your programme manager

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


A minimum of 5 GCSE A* to C, (or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded), including English Language, Mathematics and a Biological  Science.

A level subjects grades

Typical offer is CC or equivalent. This must  include a minimum of one A Level preferably in a Biological Science and excludes General Studies.

Level 3 Extended Diploma subjects grades

Typical offer is a MPP in an Extended Diploma or equivalent in a relevant subject.

International Baccalaureate

We welcome students with the International Baccalaureate Diploma qualification. Offers will be based upon the constituent components preferably to include a grade 3 at higher level biological science. Please contact the admissions team for more information.


We welcome students with Access qualifications. Certain programmes require a pass at level 3 in specific units. Please contact the admissions team for more information.


We may interview mature applicants and those with non-traditional qualifications.

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

In Brief


2 Years

Tuition fees

Fees for September 2017 entry

UK: £9,000
EU fees: Will remain the same as UK students, £9000
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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Jess Williams – Equine lecturer and outreach co-ordinator

Why I chose Hartpury College

I visited Hartpury on an open day and was impressed by the campus, lecture theatres and facilities. I was also sold on the content of the course. There was a good choice of modules for me to tailor my course to my individual strengths and interests. The opportunity to apply and trial for the Equine Academy was the ultimate selling point though. Having the opportunity to train with world class trainers and use Hartpury’s top class facilities is amazing and could not be replicated at any other university.

Foundation degree experiences

I found the Foundation degree to be very similar to the BSc honours degree that my friends were studying but it included work based learning modules, which allowed me to gain valuable work experience as part of my degree. This allowed me to apply the theoretical knowledge I had gained during my course to a practical situation, increasing my skill level and employability.

Why I chose to do the top-up?

I initially looked at the BSc honours degree but I didn’t have the required subjects at A-level. The transition to the top-up was straight-forward as I was very well prepared during my foundation degree through the support of my lecturers and the graduate development programme, which focused on the skills essential for third year, such as critical analysis and the research process. Why I went on to do my Masters?

I loved producing my undergraduate dissertation and wanted the opportunity to develop a piece of research that had more scope than at undergraduate level. I chose the MSc by Research Equestrian Performance for this reason, which has more focus on the research process and less taught modules to do. I enjoy finding gaps in current literature and developing research methodologies to eliminate the gaps as well as the experimental process and analysis of results. I now hope to see my Masters dissertation research published.

What opportunities are available to equine students?

Being an equine student at Hartpury, there are so many opportunities to help out at national and international level competitions like the British Dressage Championships and the Hartpury International Horse Trials. Students are also offered the chance to attend conferences such as the British Eventing International Eventing Conference and Alltech-Hartpury Conference, where we can display and present our research. Those opportunities are particularly important to support your postgraduate studies.

While studying for my Masters, I also took up a Graduate Assistant role within Hartpury’s own Equine Therapy Centre. That gave me invaluable real-life work experience that looks great on my CV and equipped me with lots of new skills. Outside of equine, there are plenty of recreational sports activities and clubs and societies to get involved in at Hartpury, plus there’s a great atmosphere at the Sports Academy on game days for the rugby and football.

My hopes for the future?

My primary interest would be in finding a research post, specifically equine or animal. It was only in my top-up year that I realised how much I enjoyed the research process and contributing to equine industry knowledge.

I have been lucky enough to be offered a lecturer role at Hartpury, as well as being given the Equine outreach activity to manage. It’s a challenging remit but I’m thrilled to have been given the chance to take this forward and continue to develop our strong links with schools, colleges and the equine industry.