Foundation Degree (subject to validation by the Royal Agricultural University)

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What does the course cover?

This course offers the ideal combination in equine science and practical skill development. Modules are particularly tailored for a career in coaching but are equally applicable across a range of professions within the equine industry.

With some of the highest qualified BHS instructors in its team Plumpton College can offer a standard of coaching not available elsewhere in the South East. After a generic first year covering topics such as Equine Anatomy, Nutrition and Behaviour, specialist subjects in the second year include Coaching for Competition and Applied Performance Training where students will be able to develop their skills through a series of real case studies. Some practical experience and knowledge of horses is essential prior to joining the programme.

Our large equine unit has a well-equipped yard for up to 40 horses, two indoor schools, an outdoor school, a horse walker, and a cross-country course. Students will be able to make full use of the facilities throughout their studies. Plumpton College Equine department has also recently renewed its BHS Examination Centre so will be encouraging and training students to complete their BHS qualifications.

Personal Accreditation

Whilst studying for the degree you can choose to train for the British Horse Society (BHS) examinations. This is optional and not included in course fees. Students are expected to register independently with the BHS.

Course Structure

Modules are delivered in a variety of ways including lectures, practical sessions on the College yard, equitation sessions and field trips. Opportunities are also available for you to undertake work experience abroad.

Entry Requirements:
  • Minimum age: 18
  • GCSE: 5 x GCSE (C/4) including English, Maths and Science
  • UCAS points: 56
  • A-level: CD
  • International Baccalaureate: 24
  • IELTS (for students with English as a second language): Level 6.5 overall with Level 6.0 in writing
  • Other: Access to HE Diploma in Science

Full-time: 2 years 

Part-time: 4 years

UCAS Details:

The UCAS Code for this course is P400.

The best thing about the equine degree course at Plumpton is the wide range of subjects offered and the mix between practical and academic. As a mature student embarking on a second career it has given me a taster of every aspect of the equestrian industry and opened my eyes to the breadth of career opportunities available. The practical training received is brilliant preparation for anyone thinking about doing the BHS pathways and within the first year I went from having very little practical skills to being BHS Stage 2 level.

Susan Mooney

Current 2nd year


We’re very proud of our excellent equine facilities here at Plumpton. Lots of space and excellent facilities, you’ll get to enjoy lots of hands-on time with our horses as well as building your knowledge of this fascinating industry.

  • Come and visit our two large schools here at Plumpton

We’ve got two large indoor schools on-site, complete with galleries, for you to enjoy during your course.

  • Lots of space for you to enjoy outdoors at our extensive estate

You’ll be able to use our 30m x 60m outdoor menege during your course in addition to stabling for 50 horses.

  • A variety of horses for you to experience and enjoy

We make sure that you get to work with and ride a variety of different horses throughout your time at Plumpton including Shire horses.

  • The latest equine facilities are available on-site

Keep up with the latest technologies introduced in the industry. You’ll get to experience equipment such as a cross-country course, treadmill and weigh bridge.

Future Opportunities

The course will prepare you for careers including yard management, breeding and stud farm management, competition grooming, riding instruction, equine sports coaching, equine rehabilitation and therapy and management.

Foundation degree holders can continue their studies for a further one or two years, depending on grades achieved, on the Equine Science and Coaching Honours Degree at Plumpton College.


Level 4

Functional Anatomy (Core)

Equine Nutrition (Core)

Introduction to Business Management (Core)

Bio-Veterinary Sciences (Core)

Introduction to Coaching (Core)

Study and Research Skills (Core)

Equitation (Elective)

Ground Schooling and Remedial Exercise (Elective)

Level 5

Equine Behavioural Science (Core)

Business and Event Management (Core)

Work Placement (Core)

Coaching the Competition Rider (Core)

Research Project (Core)

Applied Performance Training (Elective)

Advanced Equitation (Elective)

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