FdSc Equitation, Training & Behaviour

For 2019 start - Available with a Science Gateway qualification

Duchy College Stoke Climsland LEVEL: 5 Equine

This programme has been designed for anyone who is interested in the training, behaviour and welfare of horses used for a wide range of purposes, from leisure to international competition. Delivery by a team of experienced professionals with established research in biomechanics, behaviour, psychology and the horse-human relationship, ensures that content is contemporary and encompasses recent advances within industry, whilst allowing exploration of traditional, established and emerging equestrian disciplines alike. Applicants should be interested in investigating all aspects of equitation through objective scientific research to support the horse within all aspects of horse-human interactions. We encourage you to develop your individual abilities and test factual knowledge through a variety of assessment methods including posters, leaflets, practical demonstrations and some written work.

This programme will enable you to justify the use of horses for a range of purposes within the industry in which you will be employed. You will gain a detailed understanding of underpinning biology and psychology to support and develop an understanding of the complexities of working with horses. This is through a mixture of taught and practical sessions which are integral to the programme. Riding is offered within the practical day at the on-site Equestrian Centre which is managed by an experienced equitation science postgraduate with many years of industry experience. In addition your personal and
professional skills are developed through work-related learning in industry, which is part of the course. There are study tours in both the first and second years to enhance and consolidate your experience which requires an additional financial contribution from each student.


Possible Progression (subject to availability) 

– BSc (Hons) Applied Equitation Science final year at Duchy Stoke
– BSc (Hons) Rural Business Management final year at Duchy Stoke


Possible Careers

– Equine Behaviour Consultant
– Trainer
– Equine Management
– Researcher
– Welfare Organisations
– Equine Charity
– Rescue Centres
– Rehabilitation Work
– Racing Industry


Approximate Additional Costs in Year 1

  • Optional year 1 study tour £300
  • Equitation Science polo shirt, sweatshirt £30
  • If you are riding: hat £50, boots £50, jodhpurs £25, warm coat £50
  • All students are encouraged to bring a laptop
  • Stationary as required

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: D422
  • Institution codes: CORN C78
  • Awarded by: University of Plymouth
  • Fees: Fees Explained
Entry Requirements

48 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels (at least 32 points must be at A2-level) or relevant level 3 qualification, ie BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma - PPP Grades required (specific unit grades may be requested). Access to HE Diplomas in a relevant subject - 45 credits at level 3 (specific unit grades may be requested). Plus GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics: alternatives at Level 2 may be considered. Mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply.

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Course Documents

Equine degree booklet Digital


Indicative Module Year 1

  • Introduction to Equine Sciences
  • Equine Industry, Practice & Welfare
  • Equine Business Management (short 10 credit module)
  • Research Skills (short 10 credit module)
  • Personal & Employability Skills Development
  • Principles of Behaviour & Training
  • Equid Structure & Function

Indicative Module Year 2

  • Equine Nutrition & Physiology
  • Principles of Equitation Science
  • Equine Health & Rehabilitation
  • Contemporary Issues in Equestrianism
  • Research Project
  • Application of Training Principles

*Modules are subject to change and availability




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