BSc (Hons)

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(also available as a one-year top up from Foundation Degree)

Developing a host of invaluable practical skills required within the equine sports industry, you’ll be well-equipped for a career in equestrian performance, equine biomechanics, equine nutrition, equine sports coaching, research and stud management. 

What does the course cover?

Predominantly based on equine science, you’ll also get to study specialist areas relating to the assessment and improvement of the performance of both horse and rider. During your first year, you can look forward to a grounding in all areas of sports performance. In your following two years, you’ll get to study subjects in more depth, such as nutrition and the rider through modules including sports psychology. You’ll also explore the unique partnership between horse and rider plus fascinating topics including biomechanics.

Through a mix of industry visits, lectures, practical sessions, seminars and tutorials, you can look forward to gaining in-depth theoretical knowledge and being able to integrate scientific principles within equine management practice during an exciting industry-based work placement. You’ll be assessed via a combination of assignments (including case studies, essays, presentations and reports), plus examinations and practical assessments. 

What research is involved? 

An important part of your course will be developing strong research skills. You’ll have the opportunity to attend a number of key research conferences throughout your course. Your final year will see you complete your dissertation, and you’ll also be encouraged to present your work at academic conferences. Many of our students have been involved in collaborative research projects with the AESE (Advancing Equine Scientific Excellence, a Committee of the British Equestrian Federation) and the British Horse Society.   

Entry Requirements:

3 A-levels (grades BBC)


Full-time: 3 years

Part-time: 5 years

UCAS Details:

The UCAS code for this course is DC46

The knowledge and experiences that I have gained on this course have been eye-opening and inspiring, and the lecturers have provided motivation to develop and pursue my own individual interests and goals throughout the course. 

Michelle McCalum

BSc (Hons) Equine Sports Performance


We've got fantastic equine facilities here on-site at Plumpton - an excellent learning and practical environment for you to enjoy. You'll be able to make sue of our extensive facilities including: 

  • horse walker
  • show jump field and cross country course
  • stabling for over 50 horses
  • stocks
  • treadmill
  • two large indoor schools with galleries, plus a 30m x 60m outdoor school
  • weigh bridge. 

You'll also benefit from the use of an equine gait analysis system, a mechanical horse, plus a range of therapy resources including magnotherapy and equilibrium massage equipment, and fully-equipped laboratory facilities. 

We have a superb range of horses for you to work with, ranging from youngsters being backed to ex-competition horses. Our three shire horses will also enable you to gain key practical skills in both harness horse work and stud work. we're proud to be an approved BHS 'Where to Train' centre. 

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