The programme provides an in-depth specialist understanding of the well-being of the horse through study of the principles underpinning equine health and nutritional management. This programme seeks to provide a stimulating and challenging experience for students wishing to gain scientific knowledge alongside valuable laboratory practical experience in order to promote the health, welfare and optimise nutrition of the equine athlete.
- Equine anatomy and physiology
- Grassland management and forage conservation
- Equine ration formulation
- Research methods and analysis
- Equine disease
- Equine clinical nutrition
- Nutritional biochemistry.
Three years full-time, normally in college three days a week.
Students may choose to complete a post-graduate qualification such as a masters degree or doctorate, to extend their knowledge of health and nutrition science.
Graduates will be able to gain positions within equine and animals feed companies, in roles including product development, sales administration and area sales management. The science content underpinning the programme will prepare students for entering a diverse range of employment such as nutritionists, laboratory technicians, researchers and lecturers.
Application is through UCAS, using code D4R7 and selecting campus code R.
Students will require sturdy footwear, riding hats (Snell or PAS015 standard) and gloves and dark coloured t-shirt, jumper and coat for equine based practical sessions.
Students are required to provide their own laboratory coats, available via the college online shop, as well as the purchase of core texts to support studies and small contributions to attending study visits on some modules.
Please use the following links to learn more about our policies and procedures.
- Academic Regulations: This programme follow the regulations of The Royal Agricultural University.
- Student Disciplinary Policy
- Higher Education College Charter
Please visit our Document Downloads page to access the college's other policies, i.e. our Mental Health Policy.
Applicants should have a minimum of 80 UCAS points, including Science, at A-Level or a relevant Level 3 Extended Diploma or equivalent, plus a satisfactory reference.
Life experience of mature students will be taken into account when considering applications. The successful completion of an entry task may be required when considering applications without the required formal entry qualifications.
For advanced entry to final level, a relevant Level 5 qualification such as a Foundation Degree is required.
BSc (Hons) Equine Health and Nutrition
With our new Equine Health and Nutrition course having launching in September 2018, find out how Nikki, a student at our partner College - Bishop Burton, launched a career in equine nutrition.
Tell us about yourself.
I left school at 16 and went straight out to work as I had no idea what I wanted to do. I went through various jobs until I finally settled on a long and successful career in sales. However, after about 10 years, my passion was starting to fade and I dreamed of making my passion for horses into a career.
I have owned horses most of my life and their welfare has always taken priority over everything else. I have a passion for nutrition not only for my horses, but for myself and my dogs. So, at 40 years old, I decided to change my life and embark on a degree at Bishop Burton College to get the qualifications I needed to start my own business as an independent equine nutritionist.
What did you like about the College?
I couldn’t have picked anywhere better to do my degree. The course content is amazing and has given me a thorough scientific understanding of the horse which is vital to my career and the success of my business.The facilities are outstanding, the lecturers are supportive and thorough and really want you to succeed - help was always available.
How has your course supported your career / work in industry?
To become a nutritionist, you must have a minimum of a BSc (Hons), so firstly it has given me that. It also gave me the tools to research and objectively analyse information, which is a vital part of my work. My course also helped improve my computer skills and gave me the confidence to present information to people.
I am now self-employed, visiting clients and their horses at their yards. I am confident, concise and clear in the information I present to my clients. I am meeting new people and traveling all over the North of England – I cover from the Midlands to the Scottish borders. Although my business is in the very early stages, it is building slowly mainly through word of mouth and I am getting great feedback and referrals from happy customers.