University Centre Sparsholt

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Portsmouth

Equine Science

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Course summary


  • 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

How to apply

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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

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

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
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

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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

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Additional information

There is still time to join us at University Centre Sparsholt this September through clearing. Every year, students find their ideal course in UCAS Clearing or Adjustment. It gives you another opportunity to find the best course for you – whether you’ve changed your mind, your results surprised you or you’re just starting to think about starting university this year. Our courses range from Applied Animal Science, Zoo Biology and Equine to Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Aquaculture and Fishery Management, Marine Ecology and Conservation and Veterinary Nursing Science. Why choose University Centre Sparsholt? Excellent industry links; Outstanding facilities; Expert lecturers; Specialised degrees; TEF Gold award; Accredited by University of Portsmouth; and a Hampshire countryside campus or city living in Winchester

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