Equine Sports Science and Coaching at University Centre Bishop Burton - UCAS

Course summary

Equestrian sport is benefiting from advances in technology and analysis techniques to improve both rider and equine performance. The underpinning sport science theory in this programme offers essential knowledge and in-depth understanding to develop the equestrian partnership, whilst the coaching techniques and skills developed ensure practical improvements in the horse and rider dyad. What will I study? Year 1:

  • Academic, Employment and Professional Skills
  • Equine Health & Husbandry
  • Equine Sport Coaching
  • Equine Anatomy & Physiology
  • Introduction to Research Skills
  • Equine Multi-Disciplinary Team
  • Equitation or Equine Nutrition
  • Introduction to Sport Science
Year 2:
  • Research Methods & Analysis
  • Equine Exercise Physiology
  • Advanced Equitation or Equine Behaviour and Welfare
  • Rider Health and Fitness
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Advanced Equine Coaching
  • Sport Psychology and Behaviour Changes
Year 3:
  • Dissertation
  • Rider Performance
  • Applied Equine Biomechanics
  • Coaching Specialist Populations
  • Equine Sport Injury
  • 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 and practical sessions that are used to reinforce those concepts delivered theoretically. This programme has a focus on practical ability in a yard and coaching setting, therefore many modules will have theory content supported by active development of practical skills utilising specialist equipment. 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: https://www.bishopburton.ac.uk/university-centre/life-skills-team-at-ucbb
  • 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: https://www.bishopburton.ac.uk/student-life/student-support
  • 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 coaching settings in all disciplines, rider psychology, equine product development and sales, yard managerial roles, self employed coaches and rider performance and rehab specialists, such as that sought after for the Injured Jockeys Fund.


You will study; Equine anatomy and physiology Rider health and fitness Advanced equitation (elective) Equine exercise physiology Sport psychology Applied equine biomechanics Specialist coaching Rider performance Advanced equine coaching.

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 should have a suitable HNC for year 2 entry

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 www.bishopburton.ac.uk/student-life/international-students

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements


GCSE English at grade C/4 or above.

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

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Equine Sports Science and Coaching at University Centre Bishop Burton - UCAS