Hartpury College
BSc (Hons)

Equine Science with Therapy



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Course Overview

How do you become an equine therapist?

The best known route is to train as an osteopath, chiropractor or physiotherapist first and then complete an animal conversion course (such as our Masters degree (MSc) in Veterinary Physiotherapy, which is for qualified Physiotherapists). The perceived down side of this route is the requirement to spend three or more years using the human patient as your primary model, but there are benefits to this, including the ability to treat both horse AND rider. If you are interested in being able to treat the rider, it’s also worth looking at the MSci Sports Therapy (Equestrian) degree*.

This Equine Science with Therapy degree programme, which is new for September 2016 (subject to validation) is designed to provide a broad understanding of equine science, with a special focus on equine therapy. Whilst is does not qualify you to be a therapist, it will expose you to the scientific principles which underpin horse health, performance, therapy and rehabilitation. Benefiting from some of the best equestrian facilities in the world, supported by internationally renowned researchers in this field, students are exposed to a wide range of therapists as part of the programme. This allows students to really understand the benefits, limitations, latest research and professional guidelines on using a variety of therapeutic options to enhance horse welfare and performance.

*subject to validation

What’s unique about this programme?

- During years two and three you have the opportunity to select different modules to support your interests and careers aspirations
- An optional sandwich year can be taken in the third year. Students have spent rotations with different therapists, or working in different environments all over the UK and world, gaining relevant practical knowledge, exposure to the industry and making all important contacts
- There is an opportunity to study abroad in America in the second year
- Provides an opportunity to progress to well recognised therapy qualifications upon graduation

Learning within this Equine Science with Therapy degree programme is through a variety of methods, including traditional lectures, laboratory practicals and dissections and 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. You will develop transferable skills in communication, teamwork, independent working and time management; all vital skills required by employers.

The Equine Science with Therapy 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 A*-C including English, Maths and Science.

Tariff points range

280 tariff points

A level subjects grades

Two A2s to include a biological science.

Level 3 Extended Diploma subjects grades

MMM in an animal/equine or science-based subject

International Baccalaureate

25 points




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In Brief

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

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Course breakdown

Modules studied as part of this programme could include:

- Introduction to Animal Welfare
- Biodiversity
- Applied Animal Nutrition
- Management of Domestic Animals
- Principles of Hydrotherapy
- Animal therapy
- Applied animal health and disease
- Ethics and Welfare
- Anthrozoology
- Wildlife and Zoo Management
- Animal Psychology

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Career Opportunities

Successful completion of the BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Science with Therapy degree programme could lead on to careers within canine and equine hydrotherapy and rehabilitation centres, zoo and wildlife management, animal-related education, animal charities and the veterinary sector or allow you to progress into postgraduate study.