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Course summary

This programme will prepare graduates for further study and access to practitioner level qualifications. Excellent theoretical knowledge and practical skills within the field of equine therapy and rehabilitation will underpin decision making and enable development of professional stance. What will I study? Year 1:

  • Academic, Employment and Professional Skills
  • Equine Health & Husbandry
  • Introduction to Equine Therapy
  • Equine Anatomy & Physiology
  • Introduction to Research Skills
  • Equine Multi-Disciplinary Team
  • Equine Nutrition
  • Scientific Principles and Laboratory Skills
Year 2:
  • Research Methods & Analysis
  • Equine Exercise Physiology
  • Equine Behaviour and Welfare
  • Equine Therapeutic Modalities and Ground Schooling
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Equine Infectious Disease
Year 3:
  • Dissertation
  • Equine Sport Injury and Diagnostic Techniques
  • Applied Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Applied Equine Biomechanics
  • Contemporary Issues in Equestrianism.
Learning and Teaching Approach This programme is delivered with a variety of learning and teaching approaches, utilising excellent onsite resources and extensive industry links for applied aspects. For all modules, there are theory lectures delivered, aimed at providing the core content and underpinning knowledge. Lectures are used to convey the basic concepts, and facilitate further expansion of such concepts by the students, through independent study. To complement the theory lectures, students have group seminars that are used to reinforce those concepts delivered theoretically. Practical sessions will focus on development of husbandry and handling, therapy and research equipment operation, therapeutic techniques and laboratory skills. Contact Time Contact time includes approximately 13 hours a week to include lectures, seminars, practicals and tutorials. Students are also expected to carry out a significant amount of independent study in addition to contact time (approximately 25-30 hours a week). Independent study includes reading around the subject, preparing for tutorials and seminars, preparing for, and completing, module assessments and revision for examinations; forming an essential part of a student’s learning journey. What else can I expect?
  • Additional facilities include Science Centre, IT suites, dedicated University Centre, study spaces and social areas, and modern Learning Resources Centre.
  • Online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) used to enhance and facilitate teaching and independent learning on all programmes.
  • Experienced, supportive and motivated staff with both academic and industrial experience.
  • Our experienced Life Coaches are on hand to help you through your University journey from mentoring and coaching to health, wellbeing and resilience. Learn more about how our Life Coaches can support you:
  • Talks from a range of visiting speakers.
  • Opportunities to attend trips to enhance learning.
  • Students have access to a range of support through our study skills, and health and wellbeing teams. Further information can be found on our website:
  • Relevant extra-curricular activity and/or work experience is encouraged of all students in order to enhance learning.
Career Opportunities Students graduating from this programme could follow careers in the wide and diverse equine industry as self-employed equine musculoskeletal therapists (NB: an additional practitioner level qualification must be attained to achieve practitioner status); assistants/operatives within equine rehabilitation, welfare, and racehorse rehabilitation centres; laboratory technicians and managers; FE and HE Lecturers; research assistants; equine performance analysts.


Year 1: Modules introduce the student to Equine Anatomy and Physiology and Equine Nutrition, and include modules designed to provide underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills in Introduction to Equine Therapy, Applied Equine Anatomy and Specialist Equine Practice. Students are prepared for study with modules in Academic and Research skills. Year 2: Subjects develop on the first year incorporating valuable topics such as Equine Exercise Physiology, Equine Disease and Equine Behaviour and Welfare. Students complete specialised modules to support working in the therapy industry including Groundwork and Therapy and Training for Performance and Rehabilitation. Valuable transferable skills are gained in Entrepreneurship and Equine Resource Technology and Research Methods and Analysis. Year 3: Students undertake an independent research module to produce a Dissertation in their final year of study on a topic of their choice. The module, Complementary and Alternative Therapies and Rehabilitation incorporates real-life case studies to develop confidence in exercise prescription and evaluation of long-term cases. Students undertake a range of modules including Equine Sport Injury and Diagnostics, Advanced Equine Nutrition and Applied Equine Biomechanics to support entering therapy roles or broader employment.

  • Students benefit from conducting a long term equine case study during the final year of the programme, offering excellent applied skills in the assessment, implementation and evaluation of rehabilitation strategies.
*This programme is subject to revalidation in 2020/21. Any changes will be to ensure alignment with current industry practice, and these will be communicated to applicants.

Assessment method

Assessment includes written assignments, practical demonstrations, portfolios, scientific reports, group or individual presentations and examinations. Opportunities for feedback on assessments are available prior to the final submission to support student development and achievement. Staff aim to return assessed work within a 15 working day timeframe (not including holidays) in order that students can most benefit from the feedback.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Students with an appropriate HNC can apply for direct entry to Year 2.

International applicants

University Centre Bishop Burton welcomes applicants from overseas. You will need to be issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) to apply for your student visa to the UK. You will need to pay your course fees in full prior to a CAS being sent to you. In order for us to process this and for us to comply with our duties as a Sponsor we are required to check other aspects of your application, for example your financial status. For more details please visit

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants need an appropriate academic reference. Life and/or experience of non-traditional students will be taken into account when considering applications. The successful completion of an entry task may be required when considering applications without the required formal entry qualifications.

Additional entry requirements


Applicants need GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or above, or an equivalent qualification

English language requirements

If first language is not English, or a Tier 4 student visa to study is required and GCSE grade C/4 English or equivalent is not held, English language proficiency level such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each skill) will need evidencing.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation at University Centre Bishop Burton - UCAS