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BSc (Hons) Equine Performance and Rehabilitation (with Foundation Year)

Subject to validation for 2021 enrolment.

Explore the fundamentals in equine performance analysis and rehabilitation, whilst developing your practical horsemanship skills. The unique incorporation of practical competencies embedded throughout the programme ensure a continual development of practical skills including ground schooling and equine performance analysis utilising the latest equipment. Gain experience in our commercial Equine Therapy Centre and undertake a supported work placement in industry. 

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 degree is the training, performance and rehabilitation of the equine athlete. You'll develop practical skills in ground-schooling, performance analysis and therapeutic equipment. Equine anatomy, physiology, veterinary science and nutrition will be core themes in your learning. You’ll examine how these underpin performance and success, as well as the impact of injury and disease on both short-term and long-term performance. You’ll benefit from world-class facilities including gaining experience in our commercial Equine Therapy Centre, working alongside multi-disciplinary teams of veterinarians, physiotherapists, osteopaths and saddlers.

Develop your self-awareness and ability to influence others through dedicated modules and live projects. Graduate with the confidence and intuition to positively impact upon industry practice in the fast-changing equine sector. This, alongside an embedded UK or international work placement and an integrated placement year ensure that graduates of this programme will also have the specialist knowledge, understanding and practical skills required to implement rehabilitation programmes under the direction of a veterinarian or paraprofessional.

You’ll be exposed to, and be part of the latest research in equine performance analysis and rehabilitation, 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.

You’ll also get the chance to explore contemporary industry and business management concepts, to understand governance and decision making in the equine sector whilst developing your professional skillset throughout the duration of the programme in order to positively communicate and influence others to promote and enhance research informed practice.

Industry opportunities

A work placement in your second year allows you to gain valuable industry experience with international opportunities. Students have recently undertaken work placements at our Equine Therapy Centre on site, as well as at rehabilitation facilities in the UK, USA and Hong Kong specialising in the retraining of racehorses, veterinary care and re-homing centres.

2020 entry – an optional integrated placement year gives you the chance to experience an area of the industry that you’re most interested. Gain real-world business skills and graduate ready to launch your career.

2021 entry – the integrated placement year is now compulsory. You’ll spend a full year in industry as part of your course, to further develop your practical skills and industry experience. Make connections for the future and develop the practical knowledge and expertise employers are looking for.

This course is ideal for those who...

Are passionate about horses, maximising their performance and supporting their rehabilitation alongside the veterinary and paraprofessional team, and want to develop their practical skills and scientific expertise in this area.

Learning and assessment

You’ll 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

As an equine graduate you may go on to work as an equine scientist, manager or rehabilitation centre manager. You could also work in racecourses, event management, teaching or biomechanics. Recent graduate destinations have included:

  • Equine Therapy Centre Management
  • Rehabilitation and Re-training on competition and racing yards
  • Postgraduate study eg. McTimoney practitioner
  • Equine Performance Analyst

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 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.

Additional entry requirements for 2021 entry

In addition to the above, applicants must also provide evidence that demonstrates they can benefit from study on this programme and are likely to achieve the required standard. In addition, applicants are required to hold a minimum of BHS Stage 2 care and lunge or Pony Club B test, or provide signature of a BHS Stage 3 Coach in Complete Horsemanship (UKCC level 2 or equivalent) to confirm that the applicant is able to:

  • Understand basic horse behaviour and normal health
  • Handle horses inside the stable
  • Carry out routine grooming tasks
  • Maintain a clean stable and provide food and water
  • Select and fit rugs appropriately
  • Tack up and un-tack (saddle and bridle)
  • Lead a horse safely in a variety of environments and hold a horse for inspection
  • Lunge a horse for exercise according to instructions

In the absence of supporting documentation to confirm the above, a practical assessment can be run during a relevant Offer-holder Day.

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.

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