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Equine Sports Science BSc (Hons)

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): DC36 / DC37
  • Start Date(s): October 2022
  • Duration: Three years (Full-time) Four years (Placement)
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Campus: Brackenhurst Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

This course will give you a sound knowledge and understanding of the physiological principles of equine sports science, and enable you to relate them to different equestrian disciplines. It is specifically designed for students wishing to further their knowledge of the science behind the production, management and training of performance horses, and will develop their practical application of key scientific principles.

If you have any questions about our Equine Sports Sciences course, you can now chat to our experienced lecturers and course leaders through Unibuddy.

  • Brackenhurst is home to our Equestrian Centre which has international-sized indoor and outdoor arenas, plus modern laboratories for the scientific study of nutrition, physiology, disease and genetics. NTU is recognised as a centre of world-class research into all aspects of equine and equestrian science.
  • You will have the option to take a work placement during your third year of study. You can spend six months on international exchange with a partner university in Australia, Canada or Hungary during your second year of study. The equine team have close links with the University of Guelph, Canada.
  • We offer sport scholarships to elite athletes across a range of sports, including high-level riders. The Mary King Arena was opened in May 2012 by the Olympian herself.
  • We run a Rider / Groom's Academy for all students across further and higher education to support talented riders and grooms to realise their potential whilst continuing their academic studies. We offer student livery.

What you’ll study

Your study will centre on the major scientific themes of performance, nutrition, veterinary science, reproduction, and exercise physiology. You’ll explore the specialist areas of biomechanics and rider performance, as well as looking at how equine performance is affected by behaviour, welfare, health, injury and training.

The course complements study towards the internationally recognised British Horse Society (BHS) examinations and United Kingdom Coaching Certificate (UKCC).

Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology

Study the fundamental biological systems of mammals, and how these work together to maintain homeostasis.

Equine Nutrition

Learn how to apply the fundamental science of nutrition to equine feeding practices. Consider how discipline and sustainability of food sources influence nutritional management around the world.

Academic, Research and Professional Skills

Develop the practical, technical and communication skills required for the application of science to the equestrian industry.

Equine Behaviour and Welfare

Explore the roles that evolution and domestication have played in the development of innate and learnt equine behaviour. Assess the consequences of a variety of current approaches to horse management on behaviour and welfare.

Science of Equitation

Investigate and apply the science behind the riding and training of horses, whilst developing the horsemanship skills required by industry.

Equine Management and Health

Study the veterinary science of horse health, and practically apply these principles to the management of the horse.

Applied Exercise Physiology

Investigate the physiological responses to exercise and training in the equine and human athlete, developing your understanding of the demands of equestrian sports.

Nutrition for Health and Performance

Explore the effect of nutrition on the health and performance of the sports horse, and how this can be managed.

Sports Injury

Develop a detailed understanding of the common injuries affecting sports horses, and the diagnosis, repair and healing of musculoskeletal tissues.

Research Methods for Animal Sciences

Explore research principles as applicable to animal science, and use these to plan and execute a small group research project.

Biomechanics

Assess the relationship between anatomy and movement, and evaluate methods of biomechanical assessment for horse and rider.

Reproduction, Breeding and Genetics

Study the physiological basis of equine reproduction, and evaluate the veterinary and stud management practices and technologies used to support the selection and breeding of performance horses

    This is a placement year for students on the four-year course.

Optimising Performance

Evaluate established and emerging technologies and training techniques in order to take a multidisciplinary approach to sustainably optimising the performance of the equestrian athlete.

Emerging Issues and Ethics

Investigate and examine emerging welfare and performance issues related to the equestrian industry worldwide, and critically consider these using established ethical philosophies.

Advances in Rider Performance

Explore the use of current and future training methods and technologies available to human athletes in order to enhance rider performance.

Equine Disease and Diagnostics

Understand equine diseases in regional and global context, and develop practical ability in laboratory and non-laboratory procedures used in industry and veterinary science.

Dissertation

Carry out an original investigation into a topic area of your choice – plan, execute and analyse your project, demonstrating critical independent thought and key project management skills.

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Student Profiles

Adam Channer

Equine Sports Science

The Equine Science course has a bit of something for everyone, and such a great range of modules and teaching staff. I love the environment at Brackenhurst; it’s such a lovely setting to study in.

Lizzie Baugh

Equine Sports Science

It’s a fantastic course which covers a wide variety of topics which can then be applied on a practical level.

Abbi McGlennon

Equine Sports Science

This course is always keeping up to date with recent research and events, which keeps it interesting and relevant whilst still teaching the core elements.

Aleksandra-Dimitrova

Equine Sports Science

My favourite part of the course has been hearing from guest lecturers. It is always good to hear advice from someone who is experienced in the industry.

Katie Lightfoot

Equine Sports Science

My placement was the highlight of my degree. I was able to practise everything I had learnt and build on my existing knowledge. From assisting in orthopaedic surgery to nursing critically ill horses, this opportunity inspired me to secure a position in the vet industry.

Chloe Pearson

Equine Sports Science

The course is a great stepping stone from school into the equestrian industry and provides students with many opportunities to explore the subject and discover what their real passion is within equestrianism.

Imaan Rasul-Healer

Equine Sports Science

The course is really great, especially because of the smaller class size which means you have a better relationship with other students and staff

Video Gallery

A day in the life of Lizzie Baugh, BSc (Hons) Equine Sports Science student. Watch our Facility tour video which gives an insight of the equipment we use and what students do on the BSc (Hons) Equine Sports Science course. Have a look at our taster session and see what you will learn on the course.
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How you’re taught

You will be taught through a variety of methods including group seminars, lectures and practical sessions.

Contact hours

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%) and independent study (74%)
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%) and independent study (74%)
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (20%) and independent study (80%)

A placement year may be taken between year 2 and year 3 of study.

Staff Profiles

Sarah Upton

Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Sarah Upton

Cassie White

School Employability Manager

Employability

Cassie White

Heather Cameron-Whytock

Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Dr Heather Cameron-Whytock is a Senior Lecturer for the Equine degree courses at NTU.

Lauren Birkbeck

Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Lauren Birkbeck is the Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) Equine Sports Science programme. She holds an Honours degree in Equine Sports Science, a Masters by Research degree in Sport…

Samuel White

Senior Lecturer

Animal and Equine Science

Dr Samuel White is a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Equine Science.

How you’re assessed

  • Year 1 coursework (42%), written (33%), practical (25%)
  • Year 2 coursework (67%), written (33%)
  • Year 3 coursework (66%), written (17%), practical (17%)

Careers and employability

Your future career

Graduates from this course are well-placed to take up a variety of careers within the equine sports industry, in nutrition, veterinary-related, the racing industry and equine charities.

Our graduates work for companies such as:

  • the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA)
  • The Jockey Club
  • Newmarket Equine Hospital

Some have also gone on to secure places on the prestigious British Horse Racing Authority Graduate Development Programme. You could also progress on to postgraduate study.

Excellent placement opportunities

You will have the option to take a year's placement in industry.

Why undertake a placement?

  • You will gain vital experience in a vocational position.
  • It will boost your CV and build useful contacts for your future career.
  • There are some exciting and challenging opportunities available within organisations such as Kentucky Equine Research, and Sydney, Edinburgh and Liverpool Universities.
  • You will also have the opportunity to carry out research for your final year dissertation.
  • Your placement opportunity may lead to a supplementary Certificate or Diploma in Professional Studies.

Students have gained valuable experience through recent placements such as:

  • Australian Equine Behaviour Centre (Andrew McLean)
  • Bellerive Stud, Australia
  • Bennett Equine Sport Rehabilitation
  • Fittocks Stud Newmarket
  • Hartstone Equestrian Ltd
  • Pakiri Beach Horse Riding, New Zealand

NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

Campus and facilities

Study on an equine course at Brackenhurst and you'll have access to extensive and unique facilities which are also used by various organisations including local pony clubs and the Great Britain eventing team (senior and junior).

Students benefit from the equestrian centre by organising their own competitions, taking part in significant research and developing their own coaching skills with other students.

The centre is a British Horse Society (BHS) approved training and livery establishment and also holds a full local authority riding school licence

    Facilities include:

    • international-size indoor and outdoor riding arenas
    • a horse walker
    • a round pen
    • crew yards
    • a 40 x 20 research arena surrounded by a 7-foot fence to allow loose schooling
    • observation holes in the fence, allowing you to observe horses from outside the arena.

    Our horses

    There are approximately 30 horses at the Equestrian Centre, including school masters, competition horses, and youngsters. The horses are available for:

    • riding instruction
    • coaching
    • stable management
    • research.

    Student livery

    We offer a limited DIY student livery.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBC, including a Science subject; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM, including relevant Science modules; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level equivalent in a Science subject; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

For this course we accept the following Science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Sports Science / Physical Education.

Applicants without A-levels will have their applications assessed for subject compatibility.

Other qualifications and experience

We consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details and use our calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Contextual offers

As well as assessing your application and qualifications, we use contextual data and information to make offers for this course. Depending on your circumstances, we may make you an offer up to two grades below the standard entry criteria. Find out how we assess your application.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions and Enquiries Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBC, including a Science subject; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM, including relevant Science modules; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level equivalent in a Science subject; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

For this course we accept the following Science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Sports Science / Physical Education.

Applicants without A-levels will have their applications assessed for subject compatibility.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Undergraduate preparation courses (Foundation)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Foundation courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Advanced standing (starting your undergraduate degree in year 2 or 3)

You may be able to start your undergraduate course in year 2 or 3 based on what you have studied before.  This decision would be made in accordance with our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy.

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Complete this simple form to keep in touch with the International Office

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Additional costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

You will be charged a maximum of £60 for any compulsory residential trips in the UK, and a maximum of £400 for compulsory overseas residential field courses, as a contribution towards travel, accommodation and entrance fees where applicable. Non-residential day excursions are included in the tuition fee and other non-compulsory opportunities, in the UK and abroad, may also be offered, and these will be charged at full cost to students. A valid passport and any associated visas will also be required for field trips outside of the UK.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Other costs

All students will be expected to provide their own riding equipment to include jodhpurs or breeches; hairnet; riding hat; gloves; long boots or jodhpur boots with matching half chaps; polo short and sweatshirt.

All students will also be expected to provide their own appropriate fieldwork clothing, including walking boots (with ankle support), wellingtons and waterproof trousers and coat.

Tuition fees for September 2022 entry

Mode of study

International tuition fee

Full-time

£15,600

Full-time with placement

£15,600 + £1,385 (placement year)

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your undergraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Additional costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

You will be charged a maximum of £60 for any compulsory residential trips in the UK, and a maximum of £400 for compulsory overseas residential field courses, as a contribution towards travel, accommodation and entrance fees where applicable. Non-residential day excursions are included in the tuition fee and other non-compulsory opportunities, in the UK and abroad, may also be offered, and these will be charged at full cost to students. A valid passport and any associated visas will also be required for field trips outside of the UK.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Other costs

All students will be expected to provide their own riding equipment to include jodhpurs or breeches; hairnet; riding hat; gloves; long boots or jodhpur boots with matching half chaps; polo short and sweatshirt.

All students will also be expected to provide their own appropriate fieldwork clothing, including walking boots (with ankle support), wellingtons and waterproof trousers and coat.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

You can apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not applying to any other UK universities, you can apply directly to us on our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Advice on writing a good personal statement

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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