Foundation Degree in Equestrian Performance and Coaching | Kirkley Hall Campus | LBI9017F |Northumberland College

Foundation Degree in Equestrian Performance and Coaching

Kirkley Hall Campus
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A Foundation Degree (FdSc) Equestrian Performance and Coaching Level 5

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Who is the course for?

The Foundation Degree in Equestrian Performance and Coaching is aimed at individuals interested in equine management, training and equestrian coaching.

A variety of core and specialist modules are studied over the two years to improve industry, academic and research skills.

Riding and non-riding options are available to suit the individual.

This course will aim to provide direct progression opportunities to individuals within the fields of equine management, equestrian training and coaching and has been designed to appeal to students with a variety of previous equestrian experience.

This is a two-year full-time course after successfully completing this programme you will have to opportunity to progress onto the BSc Honours in Equestrian Performance and Coaching (Top Up) at Northumberland College or go into the workplace using the qualifications you have gained.

The programme places emphasis on practical experience, the acquisition of vital industry skills and the underlying theoretical concepts, and will support further opportunities to gain British Horse Society (BHS) and UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) qualifications to further enhance career prospects.

Do I need any formal qualifications?

You will need a Level 3 qualification in a related subject equivalent to a minimum of 48 UCAS points. You should also have GCSEs in English and Mathematics at grades A* to C or 9 to 4, or Level 2 equivalent qualifications.

Applications from mature students with relevant industry experience are also welcome.

Applicants are required to have achieved GCSEs at grade C or above in Maths, English and Science (or equivalent).

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

UCAS Code:D4R2

What will I study on the course?

Specialist modules include:

- Practical Horse Management

- Applied Horse Health

- Equine Anatomy and Physiology

- Theory of Equitation

- Riding/Training the Performance Horse over Fences

- Riding/Training the Performance Horse on the Flat

- Non-riding options:

- Horses in the UK/Animal Behaviour

- Event Organisation/Animal Nutrition

- Coaching the Performance Horse and Rider

- Theory of Coaching

- Equine Ethics and Welfare

- Performance Horse Physiology

- Preventative Medicines and Veterinary Techniques

Core modules include:

- Personal Development and Planning

- Research and Study Skills for Land-Based Industry

- Numeracy Skills and Quantitative Methods for Land-Based Industry

- Employability Skills

- Investigative Project

- Scientific Methodology and Experimental Design

- Industrial Experience

- Principles of Land-Based Enterprise Management

Validated by: Newcastle University

Duration 2-year full time (Sept-June)

Course Cost:

£7000 fees for 18/19

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 need correct industry standard riding equipment and will be provided with a kit list at interview

Assessment will be continuous via a wide range of methods including seminars, projects, presentations, reports, and practical exams.

Some of the additional vocational qualifications, which are optional, may also require the submission of portfolio evidence and the completion of externally set and marked exams.

You may also have the opportunity to complement your studies with other qualifications that will help you gain employment, including British Horse Society Qualifications (exam fee not included)

A Foundation Degree (FdSc) Equestrian Performance and Coaching Level 5

You could progress on to the BSc (Hons) Degree in Equestrian Performance and Coaching (Top Up) at the Kirkley Hall campus which is validated by the University of Cumbria.

After successful completion of the course you could find employment within the equestrian sector as a yard manager or instructor/coach, in the equine retail or marketing sectors, or continue training to work as allied professionals within the field of equine health and rehabilitation.

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?

You should apply for this course through UCAS and search either by course or for Northumberland College.

Please use this link to the UCAS website

The UCAS institution code for Northumberland College is N78.

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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