University Centre Sparsholt

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Portsmouth

Equestrian Performance Management

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Course summary

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  • Be taught by leading industry experts who are passionate about delivering the latest research
  • Outstanding onsite facilities that enable you to develop specialist skills and knowledge preparing you for a successful transition into employment
  • Tailor your learning to your interests and career goals with optional units and dissertation at Level 6
  • Broaden your horizons with an optional international study tour
  • Full-time top-up programme also available
What will I learn? The programme is designed to prepare you for a career in the exciting and demanding equine industry. Using the outstanding facilities of the BHS approved Equine Centre, you will develop the vital skills needed, from riding and husbandry at Level 4 to research and analysis at Level 6. This course is unique in that you will have the opportunity to organise an inter-college event. In Year 1 and 2 you will also be involved in scientific projects and will complete a work placement of one month. A full range of offsite visits to studs, sports horse centres and competition grounds, plus guest speakers in nutrition, physiotherapy and other subjects give yet more industry insight, and give students the opportunity to develop their own links with professionals within the industry. Where can I go from here? You can progress to further study on the MSc in Equine Behaviour, Performance and Training or another MSc, MA or PhD programme. UCS graduates enjoy a range of careers in lecturing, management and supervision of equine enterprises, equine welfare, equine industry policy making, marketing and management roles, equine nutrionist, equine-related journalism.

Course details


YEAR 1 • Equine Anatomy & Physiology • The Equine Industry • Academic Skills • Work Placement • Equine Evolution, Domestication & Behaviour • Equitation & Husbandry • Principles in Biology YEAR 2 • Equine Business Administration • Nutrition & Dietetics • Research Methods & Analytical Techniques • Equitation & Coaching • Work Placement 2 • Equine Health & Welfare • Breeding & Stud Management • Data Analysis 1 YEAR 3 • Dissertation • Leisure Enterprise Management • Data Analysis 2 • Equine Rehabilitation & Therapy • Equine Biomechanics & Sports Science • Applied Nutrition (optional – subject to demand) • Equine Genetics & Reproductive Technologies (optional – subject to demand) • Professional Industrial Development

Assessment method

Tutorial support throughout your programme of study will help you to develop your skills and knowledge, using a varied range of assessments, including exams, case studies, seminars, investigative reports and practical sessions.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeD322
Institution code S34
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We welcome applications from international students. For further details on the English language requirements, visa requirements and student life, please see our website

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level CCE Three 'A' Level passes including two at grade C/4 or above. One grade C should be in a Science.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM We also accept the following City & Guilds Diploma: • C&G Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (1080) - DMM; • C&G Extended Diploma - Merit with 6 units at Distinction or above
Access to HE Diploma M: 45 credits A Merit profile in a relevant Access course with 45 credits at Level 3, with Science units at Merit.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points 24 points with HL Science at 4.

Plus GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4 or above or Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)66.0 overall, with a minimum 5.5 in any band
PTE Academic61
Cambridge English AdvancedBScore 169-175 (FCE grade B; CAE level B2)

We will also accept the following qualifications from EU students: GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or above; IGCSE English (as a first or second language) at grade C/4 or above; AS or A level English Language or English Literature; International Baccalaureate (English A or B syllabus or English Literature Standard or Higher level) grade 4.

Further information

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £9250 Year 1
International £9800 Year 1
Channel Islands £9800 Year 1

Additional fee information

+ Printing posters: £30- £50 + Personal Protective Equipment: £200 + University Centre Sparsholt Equine Centre Uniform (discount pack, items can be purchased separately from £20): £100 + Additional trips, study tours and visits*: Optional international study tour £600; Optional off site visits £50 *The cost of compulsory trips, study tours and visits that link directly to assessment are covered by tuition fees

Sponsorship information

Sparsholt offers a College Bursary of up to £750 per annum to all eligible students and an Aim Higher Bursary to £1200 to all students progressing from a Sparsholt Level 3 course to a FdSc or BSc. Degree students can also apply for a grant to help cover non-travel costs associated with dissertations/ research projects, and subscriptions. For further details please see our website

Equestrian Performance Management at University Centre Sparsholt - UCAS