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The Foundation Degree in Equine Performance Science combines knowledge from the wide range of areas within the industry, allowing students to develop the practical skills required at this level. It also offers specific scientific modules, plus modules covering the fundamentals of business management, in order to give students a well-rounded programme of study assessed in a structured yet vocational manner.

UCAS code: D423

UCAS code: D423

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Students are required to undertake modules with a specific science focus in order to give them a rounded programme of study and ensure they reach the level of academia and scientific understanding often required in graduate job roles. You will learn how to analyse and evaluate, and will use scientific literature to reinforce your findings.

The College has a multitude of industry links which we have developed over the past twenty years, enabling us to integrate work-based learning with Higher Education. You will even have opportunities to shadow high-level coaches (including from Leicester Tigers, Mansfield Town Football Club, BHS and UKCC Equestrian coaches), physiotherapists and personal trainers.

Students have access to our Equine Rehabilitation Centre, embedded within their Therapy and Rehabilitation module, allowing them to gain hands-on experience and put theory into practice. You will have access to free British Horse Society examination training and riding lessons, which will increase employability and enhance equitation skills.

As part of your course, you will have the opportunity take part in the following enrichment activities: charity events, various trips and visits (previously, students have visited Dubai, the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, Blenheim and Burghley Horse Trials, Olympia, Ireland and more), in-house competitions at our commercial Brooksby Equestrian Centre, student voice, access to the gym, BHS training and exams. Students also benefited from guest talks from industry specialists and successful BMC alumni.

The course timetable is condensed into 2.5 days to fit around our students’ busy lives.

Entry Requirements

  • Year 1: 72 UCAS points. Level 3 Extended Diploma in a vocationally relevant subject or 3 A Levels (preferably 1 in a science subject)
  • Year 2: 120 credits at Level 4/Year 1 in a relevant subject. A bridging assignment may be required.


2 years

Start Date


Year 1 Modules

  • Practical Skills for the Equine Industry
  • Small Business Management
  • Equine Anatomy and Physiology
  • Equine Psychology, Behaviour and Ethics
  • Equitation Theory and Training
  • Industry Experience
  • Equestrian Sports Competition Analysis

Year 2 Modules

  • Practical Management of the Performance Horse
  • Research Methods
  • Exercise Physiology and Training the Sports Horse
  • Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Equine Event Managing and Marketing
  • Equine Teaching and Coaching
  • Small Business Enterprise

The modules will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, presentations, exams, practical assessments, and professional discussions.


Students are able to progress onto the BSc (Hons) Equine Performance Science (Science and Welfare) (Top-Up) course.


  • Brooksby Equestrian Centre with stabling for 36 horses
  • Brooksby Equine Rehabilitation Centre
  • Water Treadmill
  • Solarium
  • Mechanical Horse
  • Two Indoor Arenas (60m x 30m; 20m x 40m)
  • Outdoor competition arena (80m x 40x)
  • Opportunities to work with other course areas and take advantage of their facilities, such as Sports Science and Animal Management.
  • On-site accommodation, including free gym membership.
  • Livery options available.
  • Situated on a beautiful, 850-acre estate in the heart of Leicestershire.


Brooksby Campus


£7,500 per year. Click here for the latest information

Scholarship and bursary opportunities are available, including possible free accommodation (worth £5000). Please click here for more details.

Our Students

Molly Baxter“During my time at BMC I studied for my BSc in Equine Performance Science. I chose to study here as I wanted to stay close to home whilst still being able to attend a specialist college. I absolutely loved my time at BMC and wouldn’t change any of it. All my lecturers were incredibly knowledgeable and always available to help with everything and anything!

BMC offered me so many opportunities which have helped to boost my CV. Things like volunteering with British Eventing, working in the Equine Rehabilitation Centre, running events and even riding in front of HRH Princess Anne!

Rehabilitation and hydrotherapy were a particular interest of mine. Working closely with Vanessa Hardy (Brooksby Equine Rehabilitation Centre Coordinator) gave me the opportunity to gain experience in this area, which helped me to secure my first job in an Equine Hydrotherapy Centre.

I am now working for Dodson & Horrell Ltd, a leading manufacturer in animal nutrition. When applying for this role, an essential criteria was to be educated to degree level in an animal subject. My degree has helped me in this role, especially on the subject of nutrition, as people ask me questions about this on a regular basis”.

Molly Baxter – BSc (Hons) Equine Performance Science Graduate

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