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Honours and Integrated Masters Degrees

BSc (Hons) Racehorse Performance and Rehabilitation

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 your expertise in racehorse performance analysis and rehabilitation. Benefit from excellent links with the racing industry. Graduate with a strong portfolio and the contacts you need for an international horseracing career.

Horseracing offers the opportunity to experience varied and exciting careers all over the world. As a graduate from this degree you’ll have strong awareness of the racing industry, combined with the ability to apply scientific principles to training practices, analyse performance and understand the rehabilitation of the racehorse. You’ll be introduced to key horseracing industry professionals, both inside and outside your lectures.

Your first year will give you an applied introduction to the thoroughbred industry, to ensure you have the knowledge you need to progress into year two. You’ll learn about international racehorse management and the facets that make up the global racing industry. Alongside this, you’ll develop your understanding of the biology of the racehorse, including how functional anatomy and physiology, nutrition, genetics and health combine to underpin performance and success.

In your second and final years you’ll delve deeper into the fascinating principles that underpin training approaches, with optional modules enabling you to specialise in an area to suit your interests and career goals. This could include equine sports medicine, performance analysis or the therapy and rehabilitation of the racehorse.

Live business briefs, field trips and work experience will strengthen your understanding of equine performance and rehabilitation in the racing world. You’ll also have opportunities to support the rehabilitation of racehorses in our commercial equine therapy centre, experiencing first-hand the latest scientific approaches to racehorse training and rehabilitation post injury. You’ll graduate with a strong portfolio of skills and experience, ready to take your next step into employment or further study.

Industry opportunities

Gloucestershire is renowned for horseracing, with the world famous Gold Cup held in Cheltenham each year. The county is home to some of the world’s most prestigious racehorse trainers. Our students gain experience with many of these organisations, as well as through our partnerships with key governing bodies including the British Horseracing Association. They also work at racecourses across the UK and organisations such as the Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

This course is ideal for those who...

Have a passion for the racehorse as an athlete, in particular their performance and rehabilitation, and are keen to develop a career within this industry.

Graduate destinations

Several of our graduates from our equine programmes have gone on to forge successful careers within the horseracing industry. One has even gone on to become the UK’s youngest racehorse trainer! Roles include:

  • Management positions within the Irish National Stud
  • Bloodstock Nominations Manager
  • Racehorse trainer
  • Sports therapy and rehabilitation for horse and rider
  • Graduate Scheme, British Horseracing Authority
  • Marketing manager, Thirsk and York racecourses

Is there a sandwich year option?

Three years full-time (four years with sandwich year)
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) or equivalent, to include English Language and Mathematics. 

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.

We look to see evidence of practical horse handling experience and commitment to a future career in the equine industry in the personal statement.

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

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

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.