This course centres on the athletic performance of the horse and rider, preparing students for a career in equestrian performance, coaching or team performance management.
This programme has been developed with extensive industry input to ensure that the graduates will have the necessary combination of knowledge, skills and experience to be able to contribute to the success and growth of the equestrian performance industry.
The course focuses on the underlying factors which affect performance, adopts quantitative methods to assess performance and then evaluates a range of techniques to enhance performance and assess the impact of external factors on success.
A minimum of 112 UCAS points
Full-time: 3 years
The College Gym
At Reaseheath College we have a state-of-the-art gym facility with equipment that is used in top quality facilities throughout the UK.
The gym is fully equipped to suit the requirements of all gym users, with top specification machines, a Olympic barbell and weight areas. These are supplied by Technogym, a leading gym manufacturer.
Through the ‘My Wellness’ Technogym account you can use your Smartphone to create a workout and keep up to date with your progress. You can add exercises and change intensities to increase your performance. You can even challenge friends using the app to climb friend rankings.
As an Equine Science and Sports Performance degree student some of your sessions will be taught in the college gym.
What will I study?
The ESSP programme is directed towards the competitive rider who wishes to extensively explore the area of sports performance equally divided between the human and equine athlete over the course of the three years.
There is an option to take a work placement sandwich year after the second year. Modules include:
- RC4003 Introduction to Psychology for Equestrian Sports
- RC4005 Equine Sports Horse Industry and Management
- RC4008 Anatomy & Physiology for Equestrian Performance
- RC4009 Introduction to Rider Fitness and Training
- RC4012 Academic and Professional Development
- RC4010 Equine Genetics and Breeding for Athletic Potential
- RC4011 Principles of Equitation
- RC5001 Equine Nutrition and Health
- RC5002 Equine Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics
- RC5004 Research Methods
- RC5010 Physiological Measurement Techniques for Equestrian Performance
- RC5012 Equestrian Sporting Discipline Management
- RC5005 Equestrian Manual Therapies
- RC5011 Sports Nutrition for Equestrian Athletes
- RC6001 Equestrian Fitness and Performance
- RC6002 Equestrian Injury and Rehabilitation
- RC6003 Dissertation
- RC6005 Welfare, Ethics and Safety in Equestrian Sport
- RC6007 Biomechanical Analysis of Equestrian Performance
- RC6008 Rider Performance Optimisation
- RC6009 Advances in Complementary Therapy Use in Equestrian Sports
- RC6010 Contemporary Issues and Developments in Equestrian Sports
The programme is designed to allow the students to have options at all levels that would ideally reflect their chosen career path upon graduation.
- Level 4: FIVE core modules with ONE optional module
- Level 5: FIVE core modules with ONE optional module
- Level 6: THREE core modules with TWO optional modules
Optional modules are normally chosen during March of the academic year to then be delivered the following academic year.
Incoming students are requested to choose their modules online via the University of Chester portal before commencement of their degree.
Modules will need to have a minimum of 6 students for them to be offered for delivery.
Predominantly, the delivery is based upon lectures and seminars but within the delivery, specific workshops to develop the application of the theoretical ideas and principles are utilised to consolidate understanding by the students.
Wherever possible, key speakers are encouraged to give keynote seminars to students about the dynamics of the equine industry and their experiences.
Study trips and visits are incorporated within the delivery of certain modules to ensure that students are exposed to the diverse industry into which they are wishing to enter upon graduation.
Cohort sizes vary between 4 and 12 students presently.
Modules are usually 20 credits, with the exception of the Dissertation module, which is 40 credits. Students need to pass 120 credits per year to be able to progress into the following year. Upon completion of the degree (and the successful completion of the dissertation), students will graduate with a BSc (Hons) degree.
Assessments are a key part of the degree programme and are scheduled throughout the academic year to ensure effective workload for both students and staff. Students are encouraged to use the electronic submission of coursework using the Turnitin software.
Most modules have at least two assessments, spread between:-
- Written coursework will be submitted using the following methods: reports, essays, academic posters, technical bulletins, technical factsheets, presentations and seminars that are student led, case studies, group work investigations. These would be designated to contribute between 30% to 70% of the final module grade.
- Time constrained assessments will be in the form of examinations or practical assessments where students will need to be able to demonstrate safe practices as well as verbally discuss the principle theories behind their practical skills. These would be designated to contribute between 30% to 50% of the final module grade.
Assessment schedules are published on the Course Moodle page for students to access during the academic year. This gives the student information on the type of assessment, launch date, submission date, feedback release date and the grade release date.
To offer graduates a leading position in the jobs market, students are given the opportunity to enhance their career prospects by taking additional qualifications during their course of study. These could include a range of qualifications such as:
- AMTRA – Animal Health Advisors
- Bach Flower Therapies
- BHS Horse Care and Ridden Stages
- Equine Specific First Aid
- Reiki 1
- Defra Certificate of Competence for Animal Transport
During induction week, the students are given an Induction Timetable, which is located within a course specific brochure.
The main timetable will be distributed by the end of the Induction week. Students will be expected to attend all timetabled sessions, over the scheduled 3 days per week currently.
The ESSP students do not currently have a work placement scheduled into the programme but we would expect them to continue with developing their own levels of practical experience during their degree.
Modules such as RC4005, RC5012 and RC6010 may have opportunities for visits, conferences, study trips and key speakers from the Equine Industry that the students would be encouraged to participate.
University Centre Reaseheath will be subject to partner review in 2020/21, and as part of this exercise a judgment will be made about the continuing fitness for purpose of provision, based on evidence of programme development (programme modifications), external examiner comments, student performance data and the views of subject experts where applicable.
A minimum of 112 UCAS points which may be obtained from GCE A Levels, or one of the following qualifications in a relevant subject:
- BTEC National Certificate/Diploma
- OCR National Diploma/Extended Diploma
- Irish / Scottish Highers in relevant subject
- Advanced GNVQ
- QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma, Open College Units or Open University Credits
- For mature students (aged 21+) substantial work experience will be considered, as well as, or in place of, formal qualifications
- Level 3 Extended Diploma / Diploma.
- MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy
- Postgraduate study or professional qualifications.
- Performance coach
- Team manager
- Equestrian biomechanics analyst
- Equestrian poor performance analysts
- Employed or self-employed roles within a competitive team (e.g.Polo) or larger competition yard
- Equestrian sport performance roles for Sport England, the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) or the British Equine Trade Association (BETA)
- Management roles in equine welfare and allied industry sectors.
Please note: acceptance onto riding units is subject to assessment and weight limit of 13 stone.
As a Higher Education student you will have two main costs to meet; your tuition fees and living costs.
Our full-time tuition fees for UK and EU students entering University in either 2017/18 or 2018/19 are £9,250. These fees are charged for each academic year of a course and are set by the college annually.
If you are an international student or for the latest information on tuition fees visit the student finance page on our website.
The Equine department have ran an optional study tour in the past. Costs are around £350 depending upon destination, time of year and method of travel and accommodation types.
Designated study trips and visits would essentially be funded by the University Centre, but any additional costs (such as food and beverages) would be student funded.
Yard uniform would be expected to be worn for all practical sessions; details would be sent out with joining instructions. Students would be expected to provide their own PPE with minimum riding hat standard of PAS015, Level 3 (Purple; 2008) body protector (for jumping if riding) and suitable leather riding boots (not chaps).
University Centre Reaseheath is committed to providing additional financial support to those who need it. To find out about the bursary schemes available visit the additional financial support pages on our website.
All Higher Education students are given the opportunity to apply for residential accommodation. First year students are guaranteed accommodation and this offer is made to all applicants who live more than a reasonable daily travelling distance from Reaseheath and who apply before the 31st July 2018. For full details on our halls of residence visit the accommodation pages.
We have a team of dedicated professionals on hand to offer you support when and if you need it during your time with us. These include our Student Services team, Higher Education Support Team (HEST), Library and Learning Resources and the Reaseheath Careers Service. You will find more information on the support provided at Reaseheath here.
Before you apply you can come and visit us at one of our HE Open Events to see what we have to offer. Once we have received your application we will invite you to attend an Offer Holder Day.
Applications for full-time Degrees and Foundation Degrees are made through UCAS. Applications for all other full-time courses such as Access to HE and Level 4 Diplomas should be made directly to Reaseheath via the online application form. You can find out more here.
For students to get the best out of their time at University Centre Reaseheath, we must both recognise that we owe obligations to each other. These obligations are set out in our Higher Education Student Contract. Before you accept an offer of a place at University Centre Reaseheath, it is important that you read these contract conditions. If you are going to be living in Halls of Residence, you will also need to read the Student Accommodation Licence Conditions. Both of these contracts can be found here.
My career will always be driven by a desire to understand and advance the health of equines in both sport and recreation.
Laura Friend BSc (Hons) Equine Science
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