Equestrian Performance Management

University Centre Sparsholt

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Portsmouth
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Course summary

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  • Benefit from work experience at all course stages
  • Progress to BSc Top-up at University Centre Sparsholt after successfully completing the course
  • Get hands-on with research projects, events and shows as well an international study tour
What will I learn? This course has been carefully designed to help you build strong practical skills alongside applied knowledge to maximise your employability. This practical emphasis is reflected in the course content, with units in equitation, husbandry and training, while other units focus on your applied scientific knowledge and business skills. Using all the resources of our flagship Equine Centre, you will experience riding, running events and shows and completing assignments and research projects. Research projects focus on the management of a commercial sized centre, while external study visits and an international study tour increase industry exposure. Work placements throughout the course complete the picture. Where can I go from here? Many FdSc graduates choose to join the BSc Top-up programme in Equestrian Performance Management. Sparsholt graduates enjoy a range of careers in teaching, livery centres, polo yards, racing and studs, including competition rider, groom, riding instructor, stud worker and racing stable manager.

Course details


YEAR 1 • Equine Anatomy and Physiology • The Equine Industry • Industry Skills • Work Placement 1 • Equitation and Husbandry • Principles in Biology • Academic Skills YEAR 2 • Equitation and Training • Applied Industry Research • Nutrition and Dietetics • Work Placement 2 • Equine Health and Welfare • Equine Business Administration • Breeding and Stud Management • Coaching Methods

Assessment method

Tutorial support throughout the study will help you to develop your skills and knowledge, using a varied range of assessments, including case studies, seminars and investigative reports with a range of 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

Application deadlines

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

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeD422
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 CE Two 'A' Level passes, including one at grade C or above in a Science
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP We also accept the following City & Guilds Diploma: • C&G Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (1080) - MMP; • C&G Advanced Technical Diploma (720) - MM • C&G Extended Diploma - Pass with 6 units at Merit
Access to HE Diploma M: 45 credits A satisfactory pass profile in a relevant Access course with 45 credits at Level 3, with Science units at Merit.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MM
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Appropriate IB certificates will be considered

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.

Further information


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/.

Provider information

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Clearing contact details

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Course Clearing information

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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