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BSc (Hons) Equestrian Sports Science

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100% of students are satisfied with the quality of this course (NSS, 2020)

Understand the science that underpins successful horse and rider partnerships. Put your skills into practice in world-class commercial facilities on campus. Tailor your studies to suit your career goals.

You’ll study the principles of sports science on this degree, applying them to equestrian sport. Using real-life case studies you’ll develop your understanding of both the horse and rider as athletes, from grassroots to elite level.

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 or understand the science behind behaviour and the mind, assessing how this affects performance.

Industry opportunities

The optional integrated placement 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 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.

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:

  • British Horseracing Authority Graduate Scheme, and then into 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?

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

Course Duration

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

Entry Requirements

A typical offer for this course is:

UCAS tariff points | 112 UCAS tariff points or equivalent.

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 or equivalent. This must include a minimum of two A Levels including one in a Biological Science.

Vocational award | Typical offer is a DMM 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.

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

The minimum offer for this course is:

UCAS tariff points | 80 UCAS tariff points or equivalent, providing this is combined with relevant experience.

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

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    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.

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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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