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Diploma of Higher Education Equine Performance Science

Writtle University College
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Postgraduate Education
2 years
Full time
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Course description

Diploma of Higher Education Equine Performance Science

This two year diploma in Equine Performance Science course is aimed at those individuals who wish to support their interest in the equine athlete, with a robust grounding in scientific principles relevant to the industry.

The equine athlete is a complex creature, with supporting needs that address the way in which the animal is managed, to maximise performance in a range of diverse disciplines. There are very many branches to this support, as there would be for a human athlete, covering elements such as nutrition, equitation science, training, health and disease, managing gait abnormalities, the influence of extrinsic factors such as coaching the rider, saddle fit, behaviour, farriery and many more.

Suitability - Who should attend?

  • UCAS Tariff Points: 80
  • GCE A Levels: 80 UCAS tariff points, to include one GCE A level grade C or above
  • Irish Certificate: 80 UCAS tariff points, to include 2 x B1 or H2 higher
  • Scottish Highers: 80 UCAS tariff points, to include 2 x B
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: Total (IB) Diploma point score of 24 or more
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: MMP
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma: DM
  • C & G Level 3 Extended Diploma: Pass (48 + in combination with other qualifications to meet 80)
  • C & G Level 3 Diploma: Distinction (72 + in combination with other qualifications to meet 80)
  • GCSEs: All applicants must hold a minimum of four GCSE passes at grade C/4 or above to include English, Maths and Science.

Training Course Content

Stage One

Semester 1

  • Equine Anatomy and Physiology
  • Equine Practical Skills
  • Equine Health Management
  • Assessment for Performance and Health

Semester 2

  • Equine Nutrition
  • Breeding and Foaling
  • Saddle Fit and Farriery
  • Functional Anatomy

Stage Two

Semester 3

  • Research Methods
  • Business Skills
  • Equitation and Coaching
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Introduction to Animal Biomechanics

Semester 4

  • Research Methods
  • Business Skills
  • Young Horse Production
  • Equine Health and Disease
  • Extrinsic Factors Affecting Equine Performance

Course delivery details

Learning & Teaching Methods

The following list shows the variety of learning and teaching methods experienced on this course.

  • Stud and equitation practicals
  • Tutorials
  • Seminars and debates
  • Inquiry-based learning
  • Problem-based learning
  • Case studies
  • Visits
  • Online quizzes, wikis and activities
  • Laboratory practical

Why choose Writtle University College

Ranked Top University-Sector Institution in East Anglia for overall student satisfaction!

*Based on NSS 2021 Based on Taught Data

Beautiful rural campus situated between London and the coast.

Rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted


Home Students


  • £9,250


  • £1,156 per 15 credit module
  • £2,312 per 30 credit module

International Students (Including EU students)


  • £12,450

Continuing Studies

The course follows the same modules as the BSc (Hons) Equine Performance Science and so allows successful students to progress onto the degree.

The list of careers below are those that graduates from this programme could enter into.

  • Horse and rider instructor
  • Equine nutritionist
  • Show coordinator/Event manager
  • Equine trainer/educator
  • Competition horse production

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Writtle University College

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