The Course

This Equine Science programme explores a range of science disciplines to provide an in-depth specialist understanding of the horse through study of the applied scientific principles and practice of horse management.

This programme seeks to provide a stimulating and challenging experience for students wishing to gain scientific knowledge alongside valuable practical experience in order to promote the health, welfare and performance of the equine athlete.

The programme contains a breadth of highly relevant scientific modules of the horse, including anatomy, exercise physiology, reproduction and behaviour ensuring a sound underpinning of knowledge for progression into applied settings. Students progress to study final year modules in either nutrition or biomechanics. This elective option provides opportunity to tailor to the student’s own interest and career aspirations. Studying contemporary issues ensures the most current industry developments and updates are thoroughly explored and evaluated to further prepare the student for graduate destinations.

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Scientific content is studied across each level, with contextualisation to the horse to aid in the understanding and interest during exploration of technical concepts. Science modules take full advantage of the excellent laboratory resources in order to prepare students in technical skills across histology, haematology, nutritional analysis, microbiology and molecular biology disciplines. The programme is designed to develop the student’s ability to investigate and analyse information, in turn problem solving and making independent judgements.

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. The applied nature of many equine modules ensures students are equipped with equine husbandry and managements skills needed for a variety of roles within 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 industry and wider areas, in a national and international context.

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  • What You Study

    Year 1:

    • Academic, Employment and Professional Skills 
    • Equine Health and Husbandry 
    • Equine Evolution and Domestication 
    • Equine Anatomy & Physiology 
    • Introduction to Research Skills 
    • Scientific Principles and Laboratory Skills 
    • Equine Nutrition 
    • Cell Biology 

    Year 2:

    • Research Methods and Analysis 
    • Equine Exercise Physiology 
    • Equine Behaviour and Welfare 
    • Cellular Processes and Biochemistry 
    • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
    • Equine Infectious Disease 
    • Equine Reproductive Physiology 

    Year 3:

    • Dissertation
    • Equine Sport Injury and Diagnostic Techniques 
    • Immunology
    • Applied Equine Biomechanics or Equine Clinical Nutrition 
    • Molecular Biology 
    • Contemporary Issues in Equestrianism.
  • 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, practicals, workshops, blended learning and academic development seminars. 

    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 sessions aimed to deliver the core content and provide the underpinning knowledge. Lecture delivery is used to convey the basic concepts, and facilitate further expansion of such concepts by the students, through independent study. Delivery in this format is interspersed with activities such as group tasks, workshops and Q&A for re-affirming knowledge and comprehension. 

    Seminars are designed to complement theory sessions to reinforce those concepts delivered theoretically and focus on delivering using a student-centred approach to enhance the independent learning that takes place outside of the classroom. Seminars may provide practical application of certain theory and knowledge as well as student research, role play and case study tasks. 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. 

    Blended Learning is a key support feature of the programmes, with resources used in sessions and additional reading and material available via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) named iLearn, which is accessible by the student at all times. The blended learning will include activities such as worksheets, discussion forums, journal clubs and assessment feedback through ‘turnitin’.

    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 post-graduate qualification such as an MSc Equine Science, to extend their knowledge of equine science or focus on an area of specialist scientific knowledge.

  • Careers

    Students graduating from this programme could follow careers in laboratory settings, equine product development and sales, equine/animal nutritionists, some may become lecturers and researchers (may need relevant post-graduate qualification).

    Students can gain positions within the wide area of the application of equine science, as well as scientific roles within medical, food and general laboratory settings. 

  • 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

    For the three-year BSc programme, application is through UCAS, using code D428.

    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.

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