Equine Science at University Centre Sparsholt - UCAS

Equine Science

University Centre Sparsholt

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Portsmouth

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Course summary

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  • Gain the scientific skills and knowledge needed for a career in scientific support and management of the performance horse
  • Be taught by leading industry experts in outstanding onsite facilities
  • Tailor your learning to your interests and career goals with optional units and dissertation at Level 6
What will I learn? The programme is designed to prepare you for a career in scientific support and management of the performance horse. You will use the outstanding facilities of the BHS-approved Equine Centre as well as fully-equipped laboratories to develop the vital skills needed. At Level 6, optional units enable you to choose the study path that suits your career aims, with equine science subjects such as Equine Genetics and Reproductive Technologies and Applied Nutrition on offer. You will complete a one-month work placement.  A  range  of offsite visits to studs, sports horse centres and veterinary centres, plus guest speakers in nutrition, physiotherapy, genetics, exercise science and other subjects give yet more industry insight. Where can I go from here? You can progress to further study on the MSc in Equine Behaviour, Performance and Training or another MSc such as MSc in Veterinary Physiotherapy or PhD programme. Our graduates enjoy a range of careers in teaching, racing and performance studs, laboratory work, research management and scientific support of performance horses.

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 • Advanced Equine Anatomy & Physiology • Nutrition & Dietetics • Research Methods & Analytical Techniques • Equitation & Coaching • Equine Ethology • Equine Health & Welfare • Breeding & Stud Management • Data Analysis 1 YEAR 3 • Dissertation • Equine Veterinary Science • 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 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

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How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

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Application codes

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Course codeD426
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 https://www.sparsholt.ac.uk/international/.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level CCE Three A Level passes including two at grade C/4 or above, one which 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.

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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
International £9800* Year 1
Channel Islands £9800* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Trips and fees required to complete a course of study will be covered by the College as part of the tuition fees for full-time students. For a full breakdown of other costs associated with your course, such as PPE clothing, equipment and optional trips, please see our website https://www.sparsholt.ac.uk/university-centre/additional-costs/.

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 https://www.sparsholt.ac.uk/university-centre/fees-and-funding/.

Equine Science at University Centre Sparsholt - UCAS