Course type:
Honours and Integrated Masters Degrees

BSc (Hons) Equine Science with Therapy (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.

Develop the skills and knowledge you need to progress onto the BSc degree through a Foundation year. Explore the fundamentals of health and rehabilitation with this applied equine science degree. Benefit from an equine therapy centre, industry-standard science labs, and a supported work placement as part of your degree.

This foundation year pathway provides an alternative route into degree-level study. It’s ideal for those who need to gain subject-specific knowledge and skills in order to progress onto the full BSc qualification.

Central to this course is equine health and rehabilitation, including the impact that diseases and disorders have on the horse’s rehabilitation. You’ll explore a range of diagnostic techniques, including x-rays, ultrasound and laser technology, to identify different health issues and conditions. Exercise anatomy and physiology are also integral subjects, as you examine how the horse’s body works and evaluate the impact of exercise, exploring differences in, for example, sprint and endurance activities. You’ll also develop your expertise in biomechanical and behavioural aspects that impact on overall function and performance - at both grassroots and competition level. 

To help prepare you for graduate employment, you’ll gain experience in our commercial equine therapy centre, equipped with its own water treadmill to rehabilitate horses and prepare them for competition. This will be especially prevalent if you choose to pursue the specialist hydrotherapy module in your final year – you’ll apply theory to practice with real horses undergoing therapy treatment. You’ll also have the opportunity to go off-site to experience various training and rehabilitation centres across the county.

You’ll apply theory to practice, hearing from guests in lectures and undertaking a work placement in an equine therapy centre to prepare yourself for employment. You won’t be qualified to be a therapist at the end of this degree, but you will have expert knowledge and experience in equine rehabilitation, ready for an exciting career.

Industry opportunities

A work placement in your final year and an optional sandwich year on this degree means you can gain valuable experience in industry, either in the UK or internationally. Students have recently undertaken work placements at our Equine Therapy Centre,  as well as at rehabilitation facilities that specialise in the retraining of racehorses, veterinary care centres and re-homing centres including the Blue Cross. You could also take part in our exchange programme, studying a semester of your degree at Deleware Valley University, USA.

This course is ideal for those who...

Are passionate about equine health and rehabilitation, and want to further develop their scientific expertise in this area.


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.

Learning and assessment

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

Career options for this degree are diverse. You could set up your own business, choose to work for an employer or progress onto postgraduate study in the following areas:

  • Equine therapy centre management
  • Rehabilitation and re-training on competition and racing yards
  • Postgraduate study - McTimoney practitioner

Is there a sandwich year option?

Four years full-time (five years with sandwich year)
How to apply for this course

Course Duration

4 Year
4 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 and Mathematics.

A Level | Typical offer is DD-EE or equivalent. This must  include a minimum of one A Level. 

Vocational award | Typical offer is a PPP in an Extended Diploma or equivalent in a relevant subject.

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

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 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.