BSc (Hons) Equine Science Degree

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Program Description

BSc (Hons) Equine Science Degree

The three-year full-time degree programme has been carefully designed to enable students to develop appropriate scientific skills and knowledge to prepare for a career in scientific support and management of the performance horse.

The BSc (Hons) Equine Science has access to excellent teaching facilities across all subject areas, with the Equine Centre and laboratories playing a pivotal role.

Teaching and Learning

Our excellent learning resources will enable you to develop riding and husbandry skills in Year 1, through to using the laboratory resources for your dissertation in Year 3. For example, a Year 3 student recently completed a study analyzing stress levels in horses being trained by conventional methods and those of more modern methods. Year 1 students also work collaboratively with Year 3 BSc Equine Studies students to manage an inter-college event each year.

Optional units in Year 3 will enable you to choose a study path appropriate to your career needs with a focus on equine science subjects including Equine Exercise Physiology and Equine Genetics.

Delivery of the course is complemented by a range of visits to studs, sports horse centers and veterinary centers with guest speakers in nutrition, physiotherapy, genetics, exercise science and other subjects.

An international study tour is invaluable in widening your awareness of the equine industry, as well as being great fun and a chance to get to know your fellow students better.

Assessment Methods and Research Opportunities

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

What grades will I need?

  • A total of 240 UCAS points gained at A Level, including a minimum of two grade Cs gained at A2 Level
  • or BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM
  • or City & Guilds Ext. Diploma at a Merit with at least six units at Distinction or above
  • or a BTEC Diploma at DD
  • or a City and Guilds Diploma at D
  • or a Merit profile in a relevant Access course with 45 credits at Level 3

Where will it lead me?

You will complete a work placement of four weeks in Year 1 and will be expected to keep up with industry developments throughout the course. We will encourage you to select placements that not only develop your skills but give you the opportunity to experience good practice.

The equine industry is an ever-expanding sector with plenty of career opportunities for those with good qualifications and practical skills. Areas with particular demand are racing, performance studs and allied industries, all of which are dependent on scientific support. Progression onto appropriate MSc or Ph.D. programmes is also an option.

Last updated Feb 2018

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Sparsholt College Hampshire is one of the leading providers of university level courses for the land and environment, with a history spanning more than 100 years. Our degree courses are validated by t ... Read More

Sparsholt College Hampshire is one of the leading providers of university level courses for the land and environment, with a history spanning more than 100 years. Our degree courses are validated by the University of Portsmouth - ranked in the top 2% of Universities worldwide (The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014), and our international students benefit from unrivalled facilities spread across a campus that spans almost 400 acres of beautiful British countryside. Read less