FdSc Equine Performance and Coaching




3 year(s) Part Time

Start Date:


Summary & Entry Requirements

Course Includes

Equestrian coaching has moved on from a purely teaching role and has developed to encompass equestrian performance and training. This course provides underpinning knowledge of the principles of equine performance and coaching within the context of the equine industry as a whole. This course can be studied full-time over two years or on a part-time basis over three to four years.

Principal Qualification

Foundation Degree in Equine Performance and Coaching validated by the University of Northampton



Entry Requirements

Please see the typical offer list below. A wide range of qualifications are accepted. Applicants may also be offered a place on the basis of their experience and we would welcome applications from mature students or people currently working in industry who are seeking Continuing Professional Development or part time opportunities.

• UCAS – BTEC Extended Diploma Tariff points : 64

• Scottish Tariff points : 48

• 14-19 Diploma Tariff points : 64

• You will need 30 UCAS Tariff points from 2 A levels (or their equivalent)

Facilities & Location

Course Facilities


All classrooms at the college are fitted out with modern and specialist equipment related to the area of study. They are also regularly upgraded to ensure they remain state of the art and provide inspirational places to learn and grow your knowledge.

Equine Unit

The established and abundant facilities at our Equestrian Centre include a 60 x 40-metre covered riding area with spectator seating, changing facilities, clothing shop, judges’ area and stabling for 60 horses.

The centre is approved by the British Horse Society as a training and examination centre and also has two outdoor arenas (one 60 x 25 metres and one 40 x 20 metres), a cross-country course and a schooling field for novice horses and riders that contains pre-novice and novice fences and exercise paddocks. A variety of hacking routes can be found throughout the college estate.

Due to the facilities on offer, the centre is used by Great Britain’s Vaulting team for their weekly training sessions (which students have the chance to attend) while affiliated dressage (British Dressage) and show jumping (British Show Jumping Association) competitions and unaffiliated events are hosted. The facilities are also home to the established college Dressage Academy, and lectures, demonstrations, masterclasses and events also take place regularly, which students help to organise and manage.

The Equestrian Centre at Moulton College has its own dedicated site that holds all event details and the subseuquent results.  You can access this site by clicking here.

IT Facilities

Significant investment has been made in I.T. facilities over recent years, teaching is enhanced with IT in the majority of classrooms and a number of I.T. Suites operate throughout the different campuses utilising a mixture of PC’s, Laptops and Netbooks.  A cutting edge Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) system means that Students at all sites receive a consistent IT experience. 

Fast WiFi networks cover the majority of the campus, and students are enabled to bring their own devices for use during informal study periods. 

We run Microsoft Windows and Office 2010 with a range of specialist software to support each curriculum area.  Each student is provided with a College email address and a home area to store their files alongside this 24/7 access from home is available to the College’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where lesson notes, interactive study aids, and videos support and reinforce teaching from both the classroom and practical sessions.

Learning Resource Centres

The college has learning resource centres at the main Moulton site, at the East Northants, South Northants and Daventry vocational skills academies. The Moulton LRC provides access for 240 people, including a designated IT area for our higher education students.

Each learning resource centre offers a range of services such as libraries, careers advice, learning support and study spaces, as well as access to resources including books, journals, newspapers, trade literature, online resources and DVDs.

Each centre also has a computer suite that provides access to network drives, the internet and Moodle, as well as hardware such as printers, copiers and scanners. Specialist software includes AutoCAD and packages for horse management, farm management, garden design, accounting, statistics and mind mapping.

For anyone requiring additional support, the learning resource centres at Moulton and at the vocational skills academies offer learning support, where needs can be discussed and arrangements put in place.

Course Location

Moulton Campus
Moulton Campus

Moulton College is one of the longest established Colleges in the country. This history of providing education and training gives the campus a unique feel, combining tradition with the latest and most up to date resources.

Moulton now provides a wide range of courses specialising in the natural, built and recreational environment, which is not only spacious and attractive, but provides an ideal location in which to study.

The College is proud of its record since beoming an independent Further Education Corporation in 1992. The number of students has increased significantly, and the courses on offer now range from pre-entry through to degree and post-graduate level. Staffing breadth and expertise have increased, and the buildings and specialist resources are now amongst the best in Great Britain.

Moulton is situated close to major motorway networks and main railway lines, provising easy access from all parts of the country.

Course Content &Careers

Teaching and Learning

In the first year you will study a range of theoretical and practical modules including Fitness and Performance Testing, Training and Management of the Performance Horse and Principles of Sports Coaching that set the foundation of the modules you will cover in year two. In year two, you will study modules based around current developments within the field of equine performance including recent technologies and findings. You will also cover both rider and equine psychology and take further modules in specialist sports coaching and equine sports injury and therapy. The Foundation degree programme has a vocational approach and includes the opportunity for you to undertake two periods of work placement in an area of your choice, one of three weeks and one of five weeks. You will be encouraged to seek placements within the field of Equine Performance such as specialist training yards and Coaching environments.

Download the Detailed Programme Specification.


Progression from this course leads to the BSc Top Up (Hons) in Equine Performance & Coaching or graduates may wish to progress through vocational performance and coaching related qualifications such as UKCC or the BHS qualification systems. The College has very strong links with employers who provide career guidance for students and the opportunity for research with an equine business, examples of which include feed companies, training centres and veterinary practices, local equine media publications and equine therapists.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed using a wide range of methods including practical project work, presentations, reports, written work, oral presentations and time-constrained tests. You will also produce a project related to your work placement and an academic poster.