UCAS code:
DF46

Course type:
Honours and Integrated Masters Degrees

BSc (Hons) Equestrian Sports Science (with Foundation Year)

Benefit from world-class facilities and world-class expertise. Learn from lecturers who are specialists in their subject areas. Gain industry experience at our international equine events.

Four years full-time 

On this programme, you will gain an understanding of the athletic requirements of the rider and the horse, utilising both equine and sporting expertise. You’ll develop knowledge of the fitness requirements and support required by horses and rider partnerships competing at all levels, from elite to grassroots, and you’ll benefit from facilities that are some of the best nationally. These include the The Margaret Giffen Centre for Rider Performance, championship arenas and the Equine Therapy Centre, which students will access through a variety of modules. You will also benefit from Hartpury’s sports facilities, including the Human Sports Performance laboratory, power and cardio gyms and the sports injury clinic.

Our specialist sporting and equestrian campus means that theory and skills learned in the lecture room are applied during practical sessions to both human and equine elite athletes in training environments. Students will develop knowledge and practical skills in subjects such as human and equine exercise physiology and the training and development of both human and equine athletes. Students will have the opportunity to complete a dissertation on an innovative topic focusing on the rider, the horse, or the horse and rider combination.

Optional modules allow students to tailor their degree to suit their interests and can include topics such as Sports Conditioning, Sports Psychology, Equine Sports Medicine, Equine Nutrition or Therapy and Rehabilitation (human and equine). Trips are often run in association with specific modules that are run on a cost recovery basis and students are given significant time to be able to plan for such expenses outside of the standard fees.

A degree with a foundation year is a subject-specific, one year of full-time study at level 0 prior progressing to level 1 on this undergraduate degree.  This programme will suit you if you have a minimum of two passes at A level, or another recognised post-GCSE qualification, even if not in the subject areas needed for level 1 of your chosen degree. You can also apply if you did not obtain high enough grades or you don’t have the necessary standard of English. 

How to apply for this course

Entry Requirements

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

All applications for the Foundation year will be considered individually, however evidence of previous relevant study at level 3 (i.e. A Level, BTEC etc) is required.

We welcome students with equivalent qualifications, including Access and the International Baccalaureate.

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

Previous learning towards a university-level qualification or relevant work experience may count as credit for this course. Please contact our admissions team.

Key information

  • University Finance

    The cost of studying can quickly mount up and our finance team can offer confidential advice on budgeting, information on bursaries, loans and grants, and help you explore what you are entitled to. For information on everything student finance related, click below. 

    You can contact the office by email studentfinance@hartpury.ac.uk or by phone on 01452 702189 or 01452 702190.

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  • Tuition Fees

    Fees for September 2018 entry

    UK: £9,250
    EU fees: Will remain the same as UK students, £9,250
    International: £12,000
    Please contact us to discuss part-time fees 

    EU students starting this course in Sept 2018 will be eligible to apply for UK student loans for the duration of their course. 

  • University Accommodation

    Whether it is your first time away from home, or you’re a seasoned traveller, there are options to suit you and your lifestyle while studying at Hartpury. 

    You’ll be part of a vibrant and international community of students of all ages, and from many different cultures, who share their experience of life at university together on one campus.

    We have a variety of options to suit different tastes and budgets. Whether you choose to live on or off campus you’ll get the same high standards of facilities and support. You can check out your options by clicking below. 

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Thinking of postgraduate study at Hartpury?

Hartpury University Centre has an outstanding postgraduate employment history of 100% and is skilled at supporting students to progress both their interests and career aspirations. Offering postgraduate qualifications in Equine, Sport, Animal and Veterinary Physiotherapy, Hartpury provides a unique postgraduate experience.