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BSc (Hons) Racehorse Performance and Rehabilitation

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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 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 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 | 96 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 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 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 | 72 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.

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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