What Will I Study?
With the advent of lottery funding and the launch of the UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC), the role of the equestrian coach has been revolutionised in the last few years. Today’s coach now plays a vital role in the development of equestrian sporting performance and coaching is no longer seen as purely teaching but has progressed to provide a more holistic approach. Key knowledge areas such as sports psychology, nutrition, biomechanics, fitness and new technology are vital to the coach in order to enable horse and rider partnerships to fulfil their potential. If you are passionate about sports coaching and developing specialist knowledge in equestrian training then this is the course for you. One of the defining features of this programme is that you will be able to choose equitation modules throughout the course and the British Horse Society/UKCC syllabus has been fully embedded into them. All Equitation modules have been approved by the BHS.
The degree programme can either be studied purely academically as a three-year programme or can be studied as a four year 'Sandwich' degree. If you choose the 'Sandwich' option, you will be required to undertake a minimum 48-week work placement (or two 24 week placements) in an area/s of your interest. The placement year is not mandatory but offers you an excellent opportunity to develop skills alongside your academic study, which will be recognised by future employers as a positive attribute. This course is validated in partnership with Coventry University.
What Modules Are Covered?
- Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology
- Equine and Human Nutrition
- Fitness and Performance Testing
- Equitation Theory, Practice and Equine Management
- Principles of Sports Coaching and Training
- ASSET (academic study skills and employability)
- Research Design & Analysis
- Equine Exercise Physiology
- Exercise and Sports Psychology
- Equine Health and Disease
- Equitation Teaching and Practice
- Specialist Sports Coaching
Optional Placement Year
- Sports Injury and Rehabilitation
- Contemporary Issues in Equine Science
- Advanced Equitation (option)
- Advanced Coaching and Psychology (option)
- Elite Athletic Performance (option)
What Qualifications Will I Get?
BSc (Hons) Equine Performance Coaching
How Will I Be Assessed?
Each module will have its own specific assessment profile and may consist of coursework or examination. Modules are assessed using a variety of assessment methods (case studies, reports, presentations, practicals etc) to allow for you to develop a range of skills related to the subject area and to help you build confidence in the subject and in yourself.
What Is the Entry Process?
Applications should be made through UCAS, using the institution code for Warwickshire College Group: W25 and the course code DX41. If you are interested in joining the college in September 2017, we would welcome you to take part in one of our Open Events. You will take a tour of the campus, receive a presentation from staff and take away lots of useful information about studying at Moreton Morrell College and of course, get a 'feel' for what it might be like to be a student here.
What Are the Entry Requirements?
Minimum qualifications: Full level 3
Normally applicants will be expected to have at least *88 UCAS points. This may be derived from:
- BTEC/C&G L3 qualification in Equine Management or a related subject; or
- Two/three A2 Levels including a science-based subject;
- or Kitemarked Access to HE (Science Route)
- New UCAS tariff
Applicants will also need five GCSE’s at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English Language, Science and Mathematics.
Other qualifications such as Access to HE Diploma, Welsh/International Baccalaureate, Scottish Highers, Irish Higher Leaving Certificate and other international qualifications are acceptable, dependent on the overall grade/points achieved and the science content of the course. Applicants will normally be expected to have some prior practical experience.
As a guide, students will be expected to have studied at A’ Level or completed relevant level 3 qualifications, however, all applicants will be assessed on individual experience. Application for recognition of prior learning is welcomed and will be considered.
The college welcomes applications from students with relevant work experience who do not have the formal academic qualifications, and from students with disabilities. All applicants will need to demonstrate the ability to study independently at HE level.
What Else Do I Need to Know?
Students studying an Equine Degree at Moreton Morrell College can expect to learn in a friendly and supportive environment with experienced staff who will help you to achieve success within your chosen studies as well as guide you in future aspirations. Moreton Morrell College provides a dynamic learning environment to enable you to develop your skills and knowledge on a programme specifically designed to enhance your opportunities within the industry.
Most students will pay nothing upfront for their course. For information on government loans and grants available for HE study, please visit the Student Finance England website. Please note that applicants who already hold higher education qualifications may not be eligible for support and should inquire for further details.
Warwickshire College Group welcomes all students and will always aim to make reasonable adjustments to meet any specific needs or difficulties. In exceptional circumstances, the learning outcomes of some courses may mean that such adjustments are not possible and the college cannot guarantee that every requirement can be supported. Failure to disclose specific needs or difficulties to the college at an early stage in your application may delay the college in its ability to make reasonable adjustments or may prevent them altogether. Please discuss your individual circumstances with the admissions tutor as early as possible.
What Can I Do After This Course?
A degree specialising in Equine Performance Coaching can prepare you for a wide range of career and further study opportunities. This degree will not only prepare you for job opportunities directly within the area of equitation coaching but also, within the ever-developing areas of sports coaching performance and psychology.
Job opportunities include equitation coach, sports psychologist and also careers within the human sports coaching industry.
Successful completion of this course enables progression to postgraduate programmes such as MSc Sports Psychology and PGCE for those wanting to enter teaching careers.