University Centre Sparsholt

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Portsmouth

Equestrian Performance Management

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Course summary


  • 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

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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)6CEFR Level B2. Overall score of 6.0 with minimum scores of 5.5 in each Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
PTE Academic60CEFR Level B2. Overall score of 60, with minimum scores of 59 in each of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing

We will also accept the following qualifications from International Students: LanguageCert International ESOL SELT @ B2 with minimum scores of 33/50 in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing ( Trinity Secure English Language Tests @ B2 with Pass Listening, Speaking, Reading & Writing (

Please email [email protected] for details

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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

Equestrian Performance Management at University Centre Sparsholt - UCAS