Plumpton College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Royal Agricultural University

Equine Science & Coaching

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Course summary

This course offers the ideal combination in equine science and practical skill development. Modules are particularly tailored for a career in coaching but are equally applicable across a range of professions within the equine industry. With some of the highest qualified BHS instructors in its team Plumpton College can offer a standard of coaching not available elsewhere in the South East. After a generic first year covering topics such as Equine Anatomy, Nutrition and Behaviour, specialist subjects in the second year include Coaching for Competition and Applied Performance Training where students will be able to develop their skills through a series of real case studies. Some practical experience and knowledge of horses is essential prior to joining the programme. Our large equine unit has a well-equipped yard for up to 40 horses, two indoor schools, an outdoor school, a horse walker, and a cross-country course. Students will be able to make full use of the facilities throughout their studies. Plumpton College Equine department has also recently renewed its BHS Examination Centre so will be encouraging and training students to complete their BHS qualifications. This programme can also be undertaken as a part-time student over a four year period. Please contact our EAG team for an application form or visit our university course page on our website.

Course details


Year 1 consists of mostly core modules, with one elective module (from a choice of two) to accommodate inclusive practice. Core Modules: Equine Functional Anatomy (30 credits) Equine Nutrition (15 credits) Practical Equine Management (15 credits) Introduction to Business Management (15 credits) Study and Research Skills (15 credits) Introduction to Coaching (15 credits) Elective modules: Equitation (15 credits) Ground Schooling and Remedial Exercise (15 credits) Year 2 modules are as follows: Core Modules: Independent Enquiry (15 credits) Equine Behavioural Science (15 credits) Work Placement (30 credits) Business and Event Management (15 credits) Skills for Coaching Competition Riders (30 credits) Elective Modules: Applied Performance Training (15 credits) Advanced Equitation (15 credits)

Assessment method

Coursework, exams and practicals.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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English language requirements

Students with English as a second language will be required to have gained IELTS level 6.5 overall with level 6.0 in writing.

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Fees for UK/EU students are £9000 per year. International fees apply for international students, please contact the provider.
Equine Science & Coaching at Plumpton College - UCAS