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Sparsholt College and University Centre

Nestled in the heart of the Hampshire countryside, Sparsholt College and University Centre Sparsholt are leading providers of a range of land-based courses and home to Sir Mark Todd Rider Performance Studio. 

At Sparsholt you can develop your equine skills and specialise in rider and horse performance whilst opening the doors to your future career. We combine professional-teaching in our BHS-approved Equine Centre with cutting-edge teaching resources and expert staff. Our Equine team bring extensive industry experience and contacts plus all staff who teach on the equitation modules are BHS qualified. 

Staff also undertake a range of collaborative research projects with industry leaders, giving valuable insight into the equine industry. In 2020, Natalie Stones, Equine Lecturer and Lorna Cameron, Teaching Fellow were awarded the highly coveted Lecturer Bursary for three years to support student research projects from the British Horse Foundation.

The grant will allow UCS to fund a programme of study that will build on our existing findings and aims to establish key points regarding rider performance, rider perception of body shape and its subsequent impact on equine welfare.

Applications are now open to join Sparsholt College and University Centre Sparsholt in September 2021! Find out more about our TEF Gold Standard degree courses, apply and explore online

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Equine Studies – Level 1

(Riding and Non-Riding Pathways Available) This course is ideal if you have little or no formal qualifications and you want to start your journey into a career with horses.

Equine Studies – Level 2 Technical Certificate in Equine Care

(Riding and Non-Riding Pathways Available) This course is ideal if you want to enhance your practical skills and knowledge for future employment in the equine industry or for higher level study.

Equine Studies – Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate/Diploma

(Riding and Non-Riding Options Available) This course will help you gain detailed academic knowledge and understanding of horse management and equitation through both theory and practical sessions.

Level 2 Apprenticeship in Equine Studies – Horse Care

For people who love horses and care about their welfare there are many opportunities for work including livery yards, riding schools, racing yards and training yards. Apprentices could work as a stable hand, groom, stud assistant or riding instructor. The ideal apprentice will have a passion for horses, be sympathetic and caring, good at communicating and good at working as part of a team.

Level 3 Apprenticeship in Equine Studies – Horse Care

For people who love horses and care about their welfare there are many opportunities for work including livery yards, riding schools, racing yards and training yards. Apprentices could work as a stable hand, groom, stud assistant or riding instructor. The ideal apprentice will have a passion for horses, be sympathetic and caring, good at communicating and good at working as part of a team.

BSc (Hons) Equestrian Performance Management – Full Time

The programme is designed to prepare you for a career in the exciting and demanding equine industry. Using the outstanding facilities of the BHS approved Equine Centre, you will develop the vital skills needed, from riding and husbandry at Level 4 to research and analysis at Level 6.

BSc (Hons) Equestrian Performance Management – Top-up Year

The programme is designed to prepare you for a career in the exciting and demanding equine industry. Using the outstanding facilities of the BHS approved Equine Centre, you will develop the skills acquired in your FdSc course to prepare you for employment. A full range of off-site visits to studs, sports horse centres and competition grounds, plus guest speakers in nutrition, physiotherapy and other subjects give yet more industry insight.

BSc (Hons) Equine Science Degree – Top-up Year

The programme is designed to prepare you for a career in scientific support and management of the performance horse. You will use the outstanding facilities of the BHS-approved Equine Centre as well as fully-equipped laboratories to develop the vital skills needed. At level six, optional units enable you to choose the study path that suits your career aims, with equine science subjects such as Equine Exercise Physiology and Equine Genetics and Reproductive Technologies on offer. You will complete a one-month work placement. A full range of off-site visits to studs, sports horse centres and veterinary centres, plus guest speakers in nutrition, physiotherapy, genetics, exercise science and other subjects give yet more industry insight.

BSc (Hons) Equine Science Degree – Full Time

The programme is designed to prepare you for a career in scientific support and management of the performance horse. You will use the outstanding facilities of the BHS-approved Equine Centre as well as fully-equipped laboratories to develop the vital skills needed. At Level 6, optional units enable you to choose the study path that suits your career aims, with equine science subjects such as Equine Genetics and Reproductive Technologies and Applied Nutrition on offer. You will complete a one-month work placement. A range of offsite visits to studs, sports horse centres and veterinary centres, plus guest speakers in nutrition, physiotherapy, genetics, exercise science and other subjects give yet more industry insight.

FdSc Equestrian Performance Management – Full Time

This course has been carefully designed to help you build strong practical skills alongside applied knowledge to maximise your employability. This practical emphasis is reflected in the course content, with units in equitation, husbandry and training, while other units focus on your applied scientific knowledge and business skills. Using all the resources of our flagship Equine Centre, you will experience riding, running events and shows and completing assignments and research projects. Research projects focus on the management of a commercial sized centre, while external study visits and an international study tour increase industry exposure. Work placements throughout the course complete the picture.

(MSc) Equine Behaviour, Performance and Training Degree – Part Time

Master’s Level units are delivered by tutors qualified at postgraduate level in relevant subjects, many of whom have a strong British Horse Society (BHS) and performance horse background, most being research active. The research project enables you to undertake a detailed experimental study in a chosen area to develop analytical research skills with the support of dedicated supervisors. Interpretation and critical evaluation of current research findings will enable you to further develop links between the equestrian industry and the equine scientific community.

(MSc) Equine Behaviour, Performance and Training Degree – Full Time

Master’s Level units are delivered by tutors qualified at postgraduate level in relevant subjects, many of whom have a strong British Horse Society (BHS) and performance horse background, most being research active. The research project enables you to undertake a detailed experimental study in a chosen area to develop analytical research skills with the support of dedicated supervisors. Interpretation and critical evaluation of current research findings will enable you to further develop links between the equestrian industry and the equine scientific community.

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