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BSc Equine Science

I wanted to pursue a career with animals for as long as I can remember and prior to my degree, I completed the Level 3 extended diploma in Animal Management at Sparsholt College. Progressing onto a course at University Centre Sparsholt appealed to me because of the facilities, expert teaching and small class sizes. Sitting in a lecture hall with hundreds of other people would not have been ideal for me – small classes meant that students could make friends easily and have a lot of 1-to-1 time with lecturers, who you also get to know well. Everyone could get the support they needed to succeed in the course and enjoy the brilliant facilities and beautiful campus!

The equine centre is fantastic, with a variety of horses for a variety of riders. What made UCS stand out to me compared to other choices was the variety of research facilities that are provided such as the Rider Performance Studio, which opens so many doors when choosing what to do for your dissertation. The lecturers are passionate about what they teach and will always be willing to offer a helping hand – I would not have been able to get through my degree without them.

I chose to study equine science because it is something I am passionate about, meaning that I was a lot more likely to succeed in my studies. This degree can open many doors, in the equine industry or something else entirely. UCS made me realise my love for animal behaviour and training, which is the career path that I am now pursuing.

I am currently enjoying my dream job at an RSPCA rehoming centre – with dogs not horses!

Find out more about Equestrian Science and Performance Management courses at University Centre Sparsholt.