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Equine Science (with Foundation Year) (Hons), B.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Gloucester, United Kingdom
Study a range of equine science subjects and tailor your degree to suit you during the Equine Science (with Foundation Year) (Hons) course from Hartpury College. Benefit from world-class facilities including an equine therapy centre, industry-standard science labs and horses on-site.
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Progress into your equine science degree with a foundation year. Develop essential skills in equine biology and undertake work experience in industry. You'll benefit from world-class facilities including an equine therapy centre, industry-standard science labs and a livery yard with over 200 horses.

During the Equine Science (with Foundation Year) (Hons) course from Hartpury College you'll combine theory with practice on this applied science degree, hearing from industry experts in lectures and strengthening your learning through field trips. You'll tailor your studies in your final years, with optional subjects covering biomechanics, nutrition, therapy, behaviour, disease and disorders, breeding and reproduction.

This foundation year pathway provides an alternative route into degree-level study. It's ideal for those who need to gain subject-specific knowledge and skills in order to progress onto the full BSc qualification.

You'll study how the horse's body works, developing your expertise in exercise anatomy and physiology. You'll examine the impact that exercise has on the horse, and how different activities affect this.

You'll be able to choose from a diverse range of modules, specialising in one or two subjects or gaining a thorough grounding in many. You could study equine behaviour, looking at different training methods and natural horse behaviours. You could also develop your specialism in equine nutrition, therapy or sports medicine. On these modules you'll study the performance horse, diagnosing and treating health conditions such as gastric ulcers and laminitis, as well as rehabilitating discipline specific injuries.

If you're interested in breeding and neonatal medicine, you can also learn all about manipulating hormone cycles for thoroughbred and treating prevalent issues at time of labour as well as in the foals' first few months. Whichever subjects you decide to study, you can be confident that you'll graduate with specialist knowledge in your chosen subjects, ready for your career.

Industry opportunities

The optional sandwich year on this degree will give you the opportunity to gain valuable industry experience. Students have recently undertaken work placements at our Equine Therapy Centre, the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies (University of Edinburgh) and pharmaceutical companies. 

You could also take part in our exchange programme, studying a semester of your degree at Delaware Valley University, USA. Field trips and guests in lectures are central, with recent trips including Lambourn Equine Vets and KWPN Stallion Grading, Holland. Recent visiting lecturers have included scientist David Marlin, and professionals from Saracen, Baileys and the Three Counties Equine Hospital.

Graduate destinations

Career options are diverse. You could set up your own business or choose to work for an employer. Graduates have recently progressed onto:

  • British Horseracing Authority Graduate Scheme
  • Specialist Sales Manager, Horse and Country TV
  • Freelance journalist
  • Nutritionist and lab technician roles at leading nutrition companies
  • Welfare and Research Officer, HorseTrust
  • Postgraduate study - MSc Equine Science, MRes Equestrian Performance

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Missed the 15 January UCAS deadline? Don’t worry, you can still apply for many of our courses. 

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      Part-time study options available.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Equine Functional Anatomy 
  • Fundamental Skills for the Equine Scientist 
  • Equine Veterinary Science
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Equine Industry

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • GCSE - A minimum of 5 GCSE A* to C, (or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded) or equivalent, to include English Language and Mathematics.
  • A Level - Typical offer is DD-EE or equivalent. This must include a minimum of one A Level.
  • Vocational award - Typical offer is a PPP in an Extended Diploma or equivalent in a relevant subject.
  • We welcome students with equivalent qualifications, including Access and the International Baccalaureate.
  • We may interview mature applicants and those with non-traditional qualifications.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13000 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Gloucester

  • 824 - 1570 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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