BSc (Hons) Applied Equitation Science (top-up)

For 2017 start

Duchy College Stoke Climsland LEVEL: 6 Equine

This programme focuses on the varied and exciting area of equitation science and is designed for those who have completed an equine-related foundation degree or equivalent and would like to progress to a full honours degree.
You will investigate a wide range of aspects of equitation, applying theory to practice and making substantial use of real life scenarios and case studies. This programme will enable you to develop a deeper understanding of training and equitation techniques, applying existing and emerging technology to investigate and evaluate training methodologies and the equipment used in horse and rider training.

The advanced knowledge of equitation practice and horse welfare that you gain through studying this programme, will be applicable to horses and owners operating at both leisure and competitive levels and across all disciplines.
Areas covered in this programme include equitation science, contemporary veterinary issues, equine learning and psychology and equine and rider performance. Throughout the programme you will have the opportunity to become involved in applied research identified by the International Society for Equitation Science.
On completing the programme you will have gained a comprehensive knowledge of the principles of equitation science. You will be able to apply the skills, knowledge and personal qualities developed during your academic study to effectively facilitate the management of horses and humans, in both performance and non-performance capacities. You will be confident in the application of these principles in order to meet the requirements of employers and to fulfill your career aspirations.

You will benefit from access to a wide range of specialist equine and equitation science-related technology.

You will also have access to:
– 40 horses
– 2 indoor schools
– 1 outdoor school
– Horse walker

Arrangements can also be made with the Equestrian Centre manager for keeping your own horse or horses on the centre on either working or DIY livery.

You will have the opportunity to go on a range of relevant trips and visits allowing you to both experience and evaluate industry practice. Students on this programme are also strongly encouraged to attend ISES conferences and meetings. All students are encouraged to attend the International Society of Equitation Science Annual Conference, presenting their own original research.
Possible careers available with this qualification:
– Competition
– Management
– Training and Rehabilitation
– Teaching, Lecturing and Research
– Equine Industry Practitioner
– Working alongside Veterinary Experts and Competitors
– Welfare Organisations
– Equine Charities
– Equestrian Organisations

The application process for full-time and part-time degree level courses with The Cornwall College Group starting in September 2017 is still open and we are taking applications.  Full-time applicants should apply via UCAS and part-time applicants directly via the College website.

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: D427
  • Institution codes: DUCHY D55
  • Awarded by: Duchy College & Plymouth University
Entry Requirements

240 HE credits from an Equine related Foundation Degree, DipHE or HND.


Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver Award
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Course Documents

BScHons Applied Equitation Science Top-Up


Indicative Modules

- Honours Project

- Equitation Science

- Veterinary Issues

Options (choose two)

- Applied Rider Performance

- Applied Equine Learning & Psychology

- Managing Equine Performance  

*Modules are subject to change and availability




BSc (Hons) Equitation Science (top-up)

Start Date



Stoke Climsland


1 year full-time

BSc (Hons) Equitation Science (top-up)

Start Date



Stoke Climsland


2 years part-time

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.

Careers advice available

If you are considering an undergraduate programme with us, you may wish to access our free Careers and Employability advice service. This gives you the opportunity to talk with an advisor about career options before, during and after your study with us. To make an appointment, please e-mail: H.E.Advice@cornwall.ac.uk

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