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BSc (Hons) Equine Behaviour and Welfare (with Foundation Year)

Subject to validation for 2021 enrolment.

Equine welfare is at the forefront of equestrian sport. Develop your understanding of equine behaviour and equitation science in relation to welfare, within the context of the global equine industry. Explore the latest scientific research as you evaluate the horse-human relationship. Gain industry-standard practical skills as you get hands-on with horses in our equine centre on campus to make a difference in the fields of performance and welfare.

This Foundation Year pathway provides an alternative route for degree-level study. It’s ideal for those who need to gain subject-specific knowledge and skills in order to progress. You’ll develop academic skills, subject content and undertake a short internship on our rural campus, to give you an ideal start to university life.

Graduate from this degree with a strong awareness of equitation science and welfare best practice. You’ll learn to apply scientific principles to management practices, analyse welfare and influence change in wider communities. Study the principles of equine behaviour, wellbeing, learning and cognition, equitation science, horsemanship and welfare.

Develop entrepreneurial and critical thinking, negotiation and conflict resolution skills, and the confidence to influence key industry stakeholders on important issues and drive the industry forward. We’ll support you to adopt a forward thinking, scientific applied approach to the subjects you study, and build a transferable skillset which will set you apart from the crowd when you graduate.

You’ll be exposed to the latest research in equine behaviour and welfare, placing you at the forefront of emerging scientific knowledge. Draw on your own experience and interests to develop your own research question, which you’ll explore through your applied research project. Advance your research skills and delve deeper into an areas you’re passionate about

Industry opportunities

You’ll be supported to gain experience in the workplace as part of this course. Develop a greater understanding of equine behaviour as you take part in study trips to local and national equine organisations. Complete a work placement in a real business environment and put your skills into practice. Hear from industry experts and professionals in lectures and explore potential career paths. You could strengthen your CV volunteering on our equine yard and commercial Equine Therapy Centre. The optional industry placement year on this degree means you can gain valuable industry experience.

This course is ideal for those who...

love horses and want to make a positive impact on their lives by improving training, behaviour management and welfare.

Graduate destinations

Graduates will be well versed in all aspects of equine management, with the necessary skills to run their own equine business or enter graduate-level positions with the equine industry. Students develop their understanding of the training and breeding of horses, equine science and estate management. Typical careers could include:

  • Educational Officer
  • Welfare Officer
  • Training Officer
  • Behaviourist
  • Business Development
  • Campaigns Officer
  • Fundraising Manager

There is also an optional integrated placement 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 Levels | 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.

All applications for the Foundation year will be considered individually, however evidence of previous relevant study at level 3 (i.e. A Level, BTEC etc) is required.

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 course is right 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.

Why study Equine at Hartpury University?

Challenge yourself to reach new heights in your field alongside internationally-known equine scientists, coaches and competitors. Be inspired in world-class facilities. Our strong reputation in industry means our graduates move into exciting equine careers. We're among the biggest equine education centres in the world.

Whether you want to progress into equine science, therapy, behaviour or business, you'll find unrivalled opportunities at Hartpury, year on year. Find your perfect degree.

A student patting a horse's nose on Hartpury yard

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