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Course summary

If you dream of a career immersed in the equestrian sports performance industry, this degree is for you. This course focuses on the athletic performance of horse and rider and preparing students for a career in equestrian performance, coaching or team performance management. With the UK equestrian sector generating £4.7 billion of consumer spending, 3 million regular riders, nearly one million resident horses and 6.4% of the equestrian population being within a competitive club (BETA, 2019), there has never been a better time to pursue a career in the equine sports performance industry. Thanks to our strong industry partnerships, graduates will not only have the necessary combination of knowledge, skills and experience but will graduate as very career ready individuals able to contribute to the success and growth of the equestrian performance industry. Course Features

  • Use of our commercial equestrian centre with two riding arenas
  • Understanding of underlying factors affecting performance
  • Range of techniques to enhance performance
  • Extensive input from industry partners
  • Sports performance analysis


Level 4 • RC4003 – Introduction to Psychology for Equestrian Sports • RC4005 – Equine Sports Horse Industry and Management • RC4009 – Introduction to Rider Fitness and Training • RC4011 – Principles of Equitation • RC4043 – Equine Anatomy and Physiology • RC4111 – Scientific Data Collection and Analysis Level 5 • RC5001 – Equine Nutrition and Health • RC5002 – Equine Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics • RC5010 – Physiological Measurement Techniques for Equestrian Performance (optional) • RC5011 – Sports Nutrition for Equestrian Athletes (optional) • RC5036 – Equine Injury and Rehabilitation • RC5502 – Work Based Learning for the Land Based Industries (optional) • RC5508 – Experiential Learning (optional) • RC5509 – Research Methods Choose two optional modules Level 6 • RC6007 – Biomechanical Analysis of Equestrian Performance (optional) • RC6008 – Rider Performance Optimisation (optional) • RC6010 – Contemporary Issues and Developments in Equestrian Sports • RC6024 – Advanced Equine Nutrition (optional) • RC6032 - Equine Fitness and Performance • RC6506 – Dissertation at Reaseheath Choose two optional modules

Assessment method

Assessments are designed to encourage both academic skills and skills valued in the workplace. They include a combination of coursework and examinations. Coursework may take many forms including: essays, reports, data processing, presentations, academic posters, seminar discussions, interviews, critical reviews, portfolios of evidence and practical competency assessments. The examinations vary, depending on the nature of the module, but may take the form of multiple-choice papers, essays, practical assessments, data handling questions, and short answer quizzes. The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows: Year 1 42% coursework 37% written exams 22% practical Year 2 66% coursework 28% written exams 6% practical Year 3 70% coursework 14% written exams 16% practical

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Mature students (aged 21+) will be considered on an individual basis on their prior knowledge and experience. This may be assessed by interview, completion of coursework/essay or other methods. There may be a requirement for a formal qualification to be completed first e.g. Access to HE course. To safeguard the wellbeing of our horses, comply with health and safety requirements, ensure high levels of animal welfare and ensure a high-quality student experience we have to make an assessment of who can ride our horses safely, and this is based on a number of factors. These factors can impact on our decisions regarding which students are able to ride as part of their course. Current research from the Saddle Research Trust and Animal Health Trust with leading equine professionals, scientists and researchers has advised that horses should only be carrying 10- 20% of their own optimum bodyweight when being ridden, this includes the clothing and tack used. If carrying over 20%, there is a substantial effect on the horse’s gait, behaviour, soundness and welfare in response to rider weight. The pool of horses that we have access to at the College does fluctuate each year, but we try to ensure that their general size, age and health are reasonably constant within an agreed tolerance, to appeal to and accommodate as many students as possible. However, this does mean that for some students who are at either end of the optimum height and weight for our horses, we may not be able to allow them to ride safely as part of their course. General guidelines for height/ weight ratios can be found below, however, this is used as a guide and are only one part of a holistic assessment of the individual for riding. An experienced and qualified member of staff will assign horses to students for riding and rider height and weight will be considered to ensure both horse welfare and the health and safety of the individual. Rider weight guidelines: Height Weight (st) Weight (Kg) Upto 4’10” 9 57 4’11 – 5’2” 10 64 5’3 – 5’6” 11 70 5’7” – 5’9” 12 76 5’10” - 6’1” 13 82.5 6’2” - 6’4” 14 89 6’5” upwards 15 95.2 Whilst rider height, weight and fitness are factors in our riding assessment, it is important that students do not view this as any prompt to eat or diet unhealthily. The main factors we have to consider when assessing suitability of riders in the Equestrian Centre are: • Weight a horse can carry safely • Rider weight and height • Rider ability and balance • Level and duration of work • Range and frequency of use • Availability of horses Our rider assessment involves an initial questionnaire to be completed by the student, which will evaluate rider experience. Following successful acceptance of the initial paper assessment, students will need to attend a holistic Ride Standard Setting Session to assess student riding ability on the mechanical horse. If riding skills are suitable, students will then progress to an assessment on a live horse, with extensive feedback provided by one of our BHS coaches. Interviews may be used to help make decisions on applications, mature applicants and those where further information is required.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £11800 Year 1

Additional fee information

The Equine department has run an optional study tour in the past. Costs are around £350 depending upon destination, time of year and method of travel and accommodation types. Yard uniform would be expected to be worn for all practical sessions; details from the Reaseheath Equine department would be sent out with joining instructions. Students would be expected to provide their own PPE with minimum riding hat standard of PAS015, Level 3 (Blue; 2018) body protector (for jumping if riding) and suitable leather riding boots (not chaps). Equipment costs Student can expect costs to be in the region of £300, to include PPE of an approved riding hat, riding boots, gloves, and a good waterproof coat (without a hood) as well as navy blue jodhpurs and navy-blue polo shirt. Prices of equipment are dependent on retailer.
Equestrian Sports Performance at University Centre Reaseheath - UCAS