City of Sunderland College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Newcastle University

Equestrian Performance and Coaching

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Course summary

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Our FdSc programme is aimed at individuals interested in equine management, training and equestrian coaching. Riding and non-riding options are available to suit the individual. The programme places emphasis on practical experience, the acquisition of vital industry skills and the underlying theoretical concepts, and will support further opportunities to gain British Horse Society (BHS) and UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) qualifications. Our BSc programme will examine topics such as equine cognition, associative learning, non-associative learning (habituation, flooding and imprinting), learning theory, ethical equitation and equitation science. You will practically apply your learning to reach a resolution to equine-based behavioural issues. As part of your learning, you will also develop a sound and usable understanding of the coaching process and the issues influencing this such as physiological processes, barriers to participation, equality and diversity and relaxation techniques. Studying within the unique grounds of Kirkley Hall Campus you will engage in practical projects, study tours and field visits relevant to your areas of interest and expertise, and undertake a dissertation research project determined by your own interests. An aligned industrial placement will complement your learning, giving you extensive transferable skills and a comprehensive understanding of wider land-based industry.

Course details


• Practical Horse Management • Applied Horse Health • Equine Anatomy and Physiology • Theory of Equitation • Riding/Training the Performance Horse over Fences • Riding/Training the Performance Horse on the Flat • Non-riding options: • Horses in the UK/Animal Behaviour • Event Organisation/Animal Nutrition • Coaching the Performance Horse and Rider • Theory of Coaching • Equine Ethics and Welfare • Performance Horse Physiology • Preventative Medicines and Veterinary Techniques Core modules include: • Personal Development & Planning • Research & Study Skills for Land-Based Industry • Numeracy Skills & Quantitative Methods for Land Based Industry • Employability Skills • Investigative Project • Scientific Methodology & Experimental Design • Industrial Experience • Principles of Land-Based Enterprise Management

Assessment method

Assessment will be continuous via a wide range of methods including seminars, projects, presentations, reports, and practical exams. Some of the additional vocational qualifications, which are optional, may also require the submission of portfolio evidence and the completion of externally set and marked exams.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6150 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6150 Year 1
Scotland £6150 Year 1
Wales £6150 Year 1

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Equestrian Performance and Coaching at City of Sunderland College - UCAS