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University Centre Sparsholt

Equestrian Performance Management

UCAS Code: D322

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements

A level


Three 'A' Level passes including two at grade C/4 or above. One grade C should be in a Science.

Access to HE Diploma


A Merit profile in a relevant Access course with 45 credits at Level 3, with Science units at Merit.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


24 points with HL Science at 4.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


We also accept the following City & Guilds Diploma: • C&G Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (1080) - DMM; • C&G Extended Diploma - Merit with 6 units at Distinction or above

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About this course

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Full-time | 2021


Equine studies

- Be taught by leading industry experts who are passionate about delivering the latest research

- Outstanding onsite facilities that enable you to develop specialist skills and knowledge preparing you for a successful transition into employment

- Tailor your learning to your interests and career goals with optional units and dissertation at Level 6

- Broaden your horizons with an optional international study tour

- Full-time top-up programme also available

**What will I learn?**
The programme is designed to prepare you for a career in the exciting and demanding equine industry. Using the outstanding facilities of the BHS approved Equine Centre, you will develop the vital skills needed, from riding and husbandry at Level 4 to research and analysis at Level 6.

This course is unique in that you will have the opportunity to organise an inter-college event. In Year 1 and 2 you will also be involved in scientific projects and will complete a work placement of one month. A full range of offsite visits to studs, sports horse centres and competition grounds, plus guest speakers in nutrition, physiotherapy and other subjects give yet more industry insight, and give students the opportunity to develop their own links with professionals within the industry.

**Where can I go from here?**
You can progress to further study on the MSc in Equine Behaviour, Performance and Training or another MSc, MA or PhD programme. UCS graduates enjoy a range of careers in lecturing, management and supervision of equine enterprises, equine welfare, equine industry policy making, marketing and management roles, equine nutrionist, equine-related journalism.


• Equine Anatomy & Physiology
• The Equine Industry
• Academic Skills
• Work Placement
• Equine Evolution, Domestication & Behaviour
• Equitation & Husbandry
• Principles in Biology
• Equine Business Administration
• Nutrition & Dietetics
• Research Methods & Analytical Techniques
• Equitation & Coaching
• Work Placement 2
• Equine Health & Welfare
• Breeding & Stud Management
• Data Analysis 1
• Dissertation
• Leisure Enterprise Management
• Data Analysis 2
• Equine Rehabilitation & Therapy
• Equine Biomechanics & Sports Science
• Applied Nutrition (optional – subject to demand)
• Equine Genetics & Reproductive Technologies (optional – subject to demand)
• Professional Industrial Development

Assessment methods

Tutorial support throughout your programme of study will help you to develop your skills and knowledge, using a varied range of assessments, including exams, case studies, seminars, investigative reports and practical sessions.

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Extra funding

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

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