Hartpury College
BSc (Hons)

Equine Science (SW)



Course Overview

During the BSc (Hons) Equine Science you will build a strong understanding of equine science and be able to tailor the degree to your career interests or subject strengths.  Students are able to widen their skill base, develop key contacts and gain valuable work experience with an opportunity to take a Sandwich year between years 2 and 3.

The core topics include anatomy and physiology and animal health, with optional subject areas in animal genetics, animal microbiology, equine behaviour, stud management and equine therapy.

During your degree you can also pursue advanced research based topics such as sports medicine and equine biomechanics.As well as giving you knowledge and expertise for the fast growing equine industry, the degree will also support your employment routes outside of the equine science field; such as broader animal science and biological science positions.

Learning within the degree is achieved through a variety of methods. For example traditional lectures, laboratory experiments and dissections, yard based work such as lameness assessments and exercise testing. In addition seminars are used to discuss theories and new ideas, and guest lectures and demonstrations give you expert information from industry professionals and researchers. Hartpury’s Equine Science degree will help you develop transferable skills in communication, team work, independent work, interpersonal respect and time management; all vital skills required by employers.

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


Five GCSEs at Grade C or above to include English, Mathematics and Science. Two GCE A levels, one of which must be a Biological Science.

Tariff points range


A level subjects grades

Two A2s

Level 3 Extended Diploma subjects grades

DMM in any subject

International Baccalaureate

25 points




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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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    • Equitation
    • Animal Nutrition
    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • Animal Genetics
    • Study Management and Reproduction
    • Equine Exercise Physiology
    • Equine Therapy
    • Biomechanics
    • Dissertation
    • Nutrition for the Performance Horse
    • Equine Sports Medicine
    • Therapy Management and Reproduction


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.

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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Career Opportunities

Examples of graduate employment have included Equine Veterinary Nursing, equine facilities managers, veterinary assistants, laboratory researchers, lecturing and teaching, nutritional sales, nutritional development and equine therapists. Further study can lead onto Masters programmes including the MSc Equine Science or a PhD.