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BSc Hons Degree in Equestrian Performance and Coaching

Kirkley Hall Campus
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Awarding Body:
University of Cumbria

BSc Hons Degree in Equestrian Performance and Coaching

Start Date:
17 September

Who is the course for?

On this course, you will examine topics such as equine cognition, associative learning, non-associative learning (habituation, flooding and imprinting), learning theory, ethical equitation and equitation science. You will practically apply your learning to reach a resolution to equine-based behavioural issues.

As part of your learning, you will also develop a sound and usable understanding of the coaching process and the issues influencing this such as physiological processes, barriers to participation, equality and diversity and relaxation techniques.

Studying within the unique grounds of Kirkley Hall Campus you will engage in practical projects, study tours and field visits relevant to your areas of interest and expertise, and undertake a dissertation research project determined by your own interests.

An aligned industrial placement will complement your learning, giving you extensive transferable skills and a comprehensive understanding of wider land-based industry.

Do I need any formal qualifications?

This course is for students who have Foundation Degree (or similar) in equestrian-based specialisms.

***PLEASE NOTE Applications should be made Via the UCAS site at***

UCAS Code:D4R2

What will I study on the course?

- The concept and application of equitation science

- Sports coaching

- Research dissertation

- Enterprise management and sustainability

- Collaborative land-based practice

Validated by: University of Cumbria

Duration: 1 year full time (Sept-June)

Level 6

Course Cost: £6150 fees for 19/20

Additional costs:

Students are advised they may incur extra costs for additional books, journal subscriptions and resources. If the printing allocation is exceeded then you may need to purchase additional credits. Students are responsible for transport costs and this includes field trips. You will also require industry standard riding kit and will be given a complete kit list at interview.

Progress will be assessed by a range of methods including presentations, portfolios, dissertation, report writing, and essays.

BSc Hons Degree in Equestrian Performance and Coaching

After successful completion of the course you could seek employment in a range of senior or managerial equestrian roles within land-based industries, potentially leading to careers as a Head Groom/Travelling Head Groom, Yard Manager, Equitation Coach/Rider/Trainer, Insurance Assessor, Equine Sales, Marketing Specialist or further training in allied equestrian professions such as physiotherapy etc

Higher Education learners are entitled to apply for HE Loans that cover the cost of tuition. In addition, depending on your chosen course of study and individual circumstances, you may be entitled to a maintenance loan. You may also qualify for a college bursary All learners can also apply for help with the cost of travel to college and the college may be able to help with the costs of childcare, travel, books, equipment and meals for learners resident in houses where income is below £25000 annually.

For more information our Help Hub team is available on 01670 841 200 or email

How can I apply for this course?

Northumberland College is now part of the regional college group Education Partnership North East. The UCAS institution to apply for this programme is City of Sunderland College, with the institution code C69.

You should apply for this course through UCAS and search either by course or for City of Sunderland College.

Please use this link to the UCAS website

Where can I get any further information about the course?

You may find further information within this website including within case studies and our media gallery. You may also come along to an open event – dates of college events are listed here

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