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Course type:
Honours and Integrated Masters Degrees

BSc (Hons) Equestrian Sports Coaching

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.

Immerse yourself in a high-performance equine environment, enhancing your practical coaching skills with riders on site. Get hands-on in world-class facilities, including our Rider Performance Centre and championship arenas.

You’ll graduate from this degree with a strong portfolio of coaching experience. This includes opportunities to work alongside top-level coaches, at international competitions, events and conferences, as well as riders at novice and elite levels. You’ll be able to tailor your studies to suit your interests and career goals.

Different equestrian disciplines will form part of your learning, as you immerse yourself in riders and horses from different sporting areas, as well as para-riders. You’ll benefit from world-class facilities including our Rider Performance Centre that includes horse simulators, strength and conditioning and therapy suites. In fact, our Racewood Event Simulator in the most advanced simulator in the world and enables analysis and monitoring of rider posture and movement for performance and novice sports.

Focusing on both the horse and rider, you’ll understand industry-standard sports coaching theory and how to apply it to the unique area of equestrian sports. You’ll learn how sports psychology can be used to get the best from the rider, as well as how performance analysis techniques can refine the horse-rider partnership and therefore performance.

Throughout your degree you’ll build a diverse portfolio of experience through coaching practicals and equine-specific modules. There’s also the chance to supplement your learning by working towards British Horse Society qualifications, which are industry-recognised worldwide. You can use all of this to evidence your coaching expertise, experience and coaching philosophy to employers when you graduate.

Industry opportunities

You’ll gain industry experience through our links with local, national and international riding schools and training centres. We’re also part of the Equestrian Educational Network (EEN), which means you could have the opportunity to work abroad in places such as Portugal, Belgium and Finland. You could also take part in our exchange programme, either with the French Riding School in Saumur, or by studying a semester of your degree at Delaware Valley University, USA. You could also get more extensive industry experience during an optional sandwich year placement.

This course is ideal for those who...

Want to help get the best out of the horse and rider partnership, coaching and teaching at novice or professional level.

Learning and assessment

This programme comprises of different modules, which focus on specific subjects. The modular structure of the programme gives you flexibility and choice and you can attend introductory sessions for optional modules before having to finally decide which ones you wish to study. You will be assessed through a mixture of written exams, practical exams and coursework. Many of the modules will be marked based on a mixture of assessment types, whilst others will be based solely on one type of assessment.

Graduate destinations

As an equine graduate you may go on to work as an equine scientist, manager or rehabilitation therapist. You could also work in racecourses, event management, teaching or biomechanics. Recent graduate destinations have included:

  • Professional coach and rider, Portugal
  • Freelance equestrian coach
  • Postgraduate study

Is there a sandwich year option?

Three years full-time (four years with sandwich year)
How to apply for this course

Course Duration

3 Year
3 Year course
Course type:
Full Time

Entry Requirements

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

A Level | Typical offer is BBC-CCC or equivalent. This must  include a minimum of two A Levels including one in a Biological Science.

Vocational award | Typical offer is a DMM-MMM* in an Extended Diploma or equivalent in a relevant subject.

If you have not studied a Biological Science at Level 3, you will need to complete an equivalent science module as part of this programme.

We look to see evidence of a practical equine background in the personal statement.

We welcome students with equivalent qualifications, including Access and the International Baccalaureate. Contact the admissions team to discuss.

Applicants will be required to ride at BHS stage 2 level or equivalent.

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.

Why study Equine at Hartpury University Centre?

Every aspect of our specialist campus is designed to equip students with the skills, knowledge and experience they need to open the door to their dream career, while providing exceptional competition opportunities and supporting horses and riders in all forms of their development and wellbeing.

As Europe’s largest equine education centre, Hartpury attracts the very highest calibre lecturers, researchers and coaches. It also hosts riders, trainers and industry leaders from more than 20 countries at its three major equine festivals each year.

But perhaps the most special thing about Hartpury is that there are so many opportunities for our students to gain real world experience on our own specialist campus.

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.