The Course

This Equine Health and Nutrition programme provides an in-depth specialist understanding of the wellbeing of the horse through study of the principles underpinning equine health and nutritional management.

It 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.

A large number of animal and equine feed companies require knowledgeable graduates to enter the industry with nutrition expertise. Companies are expanding research and development of products to improve performance and health status within the equine industry. Graduates will be equipped with a range of scientific knowledge and skills that will allow them to enter a wide variety of scientific and technological based careers both within the equine and animal industries and wider areas, in a national and international context.

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The programme contains a breadth of highly relevant scientific modules of the horse, including anatomy, exercise physiology and equine disease, ensuring sound underpinning of knowledge for progression into applied health and welfare settings. Students develop a strong understanding of the nutritional industry, including the legislative requirements of feeding and feed manufacturing.

Graduates will be equipped with in-depth knowledge and ability in ration formulation and clinical equine nutrition, effectively preparing for entry into nutritional roles within feed merchants and retailers, as well as in independent capacities. The inclusion of enterprise and entrepreneurship ensures students are effectively prepared for managing their own business or working within management roles of companies, with strong appreciation of transferable skills developed.

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  • What You Study

    Year 1:

    • Academic, Employment and Professional Skills 
    • Equine Health & Husbandry 
    • Grassland Management and Forage Conservation 
    • Equine Anatomy & Physiology 
    • Introduction to Research Skills 
    • Scientific Principles and Laboratory Skills 
    • Introduction to Nutrition 
    • Cell Biology 

    Year 2:

    • Research Methods & Analysis 
    • Equine Exercise Physiology 
    • Equine Ration Formulation and Micro-Nutrition 
    • The Nutrition Industry 
    • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship 
    • Equine Infectious Disease 

    Year 3:

    • Dissertation
    • Equine Sport Injury & Diagnostic Techniques 
    • Immunology
    • Equine Clinical Nutrition 
    • Molecular Biology 
    • Advanced Nutritional Biochemistry 
  • Entry Requirements

    Applicants are required to have: 

    • A minimum of 104 UCAS points
    • GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or above, or an equivalent qualification
    • An appropriate academic reference 

    UCAS points may be from qualifications such as A-Levels, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas, Access to HE Diplomas, and City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diplomas amongst others. Please use the UCAS Tariff points calculator to determine the UCAS points value of your qualifications:    

    • Life and/or experience of non-traditional 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. 
    • If first language is not English, or a Tier 4 student visa to study is required and GCSE grade C/4 English or equivalent is not held, English language proficiency level such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each skill) will need evidencing. 
    • Advanced entry may be possible due to prior experience or certificated learning; applicants will be invited to complete the accreditation of prior learning approval process.
  • Contact Time

    Contact time includes approximately 13 hours a week to include lectures, seminars, practical's and tutorials. 

    Students are also expected to carry out a significant amount of independent study in addition to contact time (approximately 25-30 hours a week). Independent study includes reading around the subject, preparing for tutorials and seminars, preparing for, and completing, module assessments and revision for examinations; forming an essential part of a student’s learning journey.

  • Learning and Teaching Approach

    This programme is delivered with a variety of learning and teaching approaches, utilising excellent onsite resources and extensive industry links for applied aspects. For all modules, there are theory lectures delivered, aimed at providing the core content and underpinning knowledge. Lectures are used to convey the basic concepts, and facilitate further expansion of such concepts by the students, through independent study. To complement the theory lectures, students have group seminars that are used to reinforce those concepts delivered theoretically. This programme has a focus on practical ability in a laboratory setting, therefore many modules will have theory content supported by active development of laboratory skills utilising specialist equipment. 

    The teaching methods focus on facilitating a student-centred approach to enhance the independent learning that takes place outside of the classroom.

    Students can expect:

    • Experienced, supportive and motivated staff with both academic and industrial experience.
    • Access to an Online Virtual Learning Environment called iLearn, which is used to enhance and facilitate teaching and independent learning on all programmes.
    • Guest lectures and demonstrations from a range of visiting speakers and off-site trips. 
  • How You're Assessed

    Assessment includes written assignments, time constrained assessments, logbooks and portfolios, practical assessments, seminars and presentations, project based assessments, examinations and dissertation.

    Opportunities for feedback on assessments are available prior to the final submission to support student development and achievement. Staff aim to return assessed work within a 15 working day timeframe (not including holidays) in order that students can most benefit from the feedback.

  • Progression

    The programme is also designed to enable students to progress to postgraduate level including MSc, MRes, PGCert, PGDip, PhD.

  • Careers

    Students graduating from this programme could follow careers within the equine industry or wider biosciences. Examples of these careers include: independent nutritionist; nutritional adviser; assistant or operative in an equine health and welfare setting; laboratory technician or feed analyst. 

  • Equipment Required / Additional Costs

    For your course, you will need:

    • A tablet, smartphone, laptop or stationery to take notes in lectures and seminars
    • College-branded white laboratory coat
    • Riding hat to current (PAS015 with BSI kitemark) standard in a dark plain colour or silk
    • Plain, dark coloured trousers or breeches or jodhpurs not jeans
    • Gloves for horse handling
    • Yard boots or wellington boots (NB: Boots are not permitted within the classroom, so a change of footwear is advisable)

    If you are undertaking any riding at the college, you will also need the following:

    • Body protector (BETA Level Three 2009). Please note, we do not permit Air Jackets in any day to day sessions.
    • Long riding boots or short boots with gaiters
    • Schooling / Jumping whip
    • Long sleeved base layer or thin top and
    • Soft peaked hat or preferable jockey skull hat and silk to the standards listed above
  • How To Apply

    Application is through UCAS using code D4R7, choosing to study at either the Bishop Burton or Riseholme College. 

    Applications for the year you wish to study open in September the year before. Whilst UCAS advertise a January deadline, we continue to accept applications through to the September you wish to start with us, provided we have spaces available and the programme remains open.


  • Download Programme Guide

    Download our programme guides to find out more about studying the BSc (Hons) Equine Health and Nutrition programme at either our Bishop Burton or Riseholme campus.

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