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

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Progress into your equestrian sports science degree with a foundation year you’ll develop essential equine skills and explore basic biological principles. You’ll also undertake work experience in industry. Benefit from world-class facilities including our commercial equine therapy and rider performance centres.

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.

Focusing on performance, you’ll explore training techniques and consider how external influences like coaching or injury could affect success. You’ll apply what you learn to real-world scenarios using our on-site commercial facilities, including a dedicated rider performance centre, equine therapy centre and human performance laboratory.

In your first year you’ll study how the bodies of both the horse and rider function, developing your expertise in human and equine anatomy and biomechanics. You’ll also explore how to enhance performance, looking at psychology, as well as the benefits of fitness training and conditioning.

As you progress you’ll have the option to tailor your study based on the direction you want to focus your career. Choose from a diverse range of modules, building on the knowledge gained in year one. You could look at how important correct equine nutrition is, or further explore the techniques behind returning horses to full fitness through therapy.

If your interests lie with the rider, you could look into the significance of fitness training and testing, or understand the science behind behaviour and the mind, assessing how this affects performance. You may also choose to take a sports science-focused route, looking at nutrition or therapy, for example.

Industry opportunities

The optional sandwich year on this degree will give you the opportunity to gain valuable industry experience. You could also take part in our exchange programme, studying a semester of your degree in Europe.

This course is ideal for those who...

Are interested in learning about both the horse and rider, and how they interact to improve performance.


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 are diverse and you could choose to move into the equine science or sports science industries.

Graduates have recently progressed into:

  • British Horseracing Authority Graduate Scheme, and then into a career in racing
  • Equine Lecturer at Hadlow College
  • Marketing Assistant at British Dressage
  • Sales at KBIS British Equestrian Insurance
  • Postgraduate Education
  • Logistics at Hawkeye Ltd.

Is there an integrated placement year option?

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

Course Duration

4 Year
4 Year course
Course type:
Full Time
Part-time study options available

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.

We may interview mature applicants and those with non-traditional qualifications to ensure this is the right course for you.

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

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  • University accommodation

    At Hartpury you could choose to live on campus surrounded by Gloucestershire’s beautiful countryside or off campus in the heart of Gloucester City centre.

    Whichever option you go for, you’ll get the best of both worlds.

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Thinking of postgraduate study at Hartpury?

We have an outstanding employment history of 100%. We're 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.

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