The Course

This broad-based equine science course provides an in-depth specialist understanding of the horse through study of the applied scientific principles and practice of horse management.

The 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. 

Graduates will be equipped with a range of current 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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Financial Information

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  • What You Study

    Year 1:

    Modules introduce the student to biology of the horse in Equine Anatomy and Physiology, Equine Health and Husbandry and Applied Equine Anatomy.

    Students develop their scientific knowledge and skills in Fundamentals of Science and Cell Biology, applying scientific principles to the horse in Equine Nutrition and Equine Evolution and Development.

    Students are prepared for study with modules in Academic and Research Skills.

    Year 2:

    Subjects develop on the first year, incorporating valuable topics such as Equine Exercise Physiology and Equine Behaviour and Welfare.

    They complete specialised modules to support working in the equine science industry including Cellular Processes, Equine Reproduction and Equine Disease.

    Valuable transferable skills are gained in Entrepreneurship and Equine Resource Technology and Research Methods and Analysis. 

    Year 3:

    Students undertake an independent research module to produce a dissertation in their final year of study on a topic of their choice.

    They undertake a range of modules including Equine Sport Injury and Diagnostics, Immunology, Genetics and Molecular Biology.

    Students can elect to study either Advanced Equine Nutrition or Applied Equine Biomechanics. 

    • Option modules will run where there are sufficient student numbers, otherwise an alternative option module may be offered. 
  • Entry Requirements

    • Applicants will have a minimum of 104 UCAS points, which 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 qualification.
    • Applicants need GCSE English Language at grade C / 4 or above, or an equivalent qualification. 
    • Applicants need an appropriate academic reference.
    • 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.
    • Students with an appropriate HNC can apply for direct entry to Year 2. 
    • Students with an appropriate Level 5 qualification and animal training experience can apply for direct entry to year 3.
  • Contact Time

    Approximately 13 hours a week to include lectures, seminars, practicals and tutorials in the first two years of the programme.

    Students are also expected to carry out a significant amount of private study in addition to contact time (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.

    Students can expect to receive their timetables during induction week. Wednesday afternoons are reserved for sport and other extra-curricular activities.

  • Learning and Teaching Approach

    This programme is delivered with a variety of learning and teaching approaches to include all students’ learning styles and preferences.

    For all modules, theory lectures are delivered that aim to deliver the core content and provide the underpinning knowledge. To complement the theory lectures, students have group seminars / practical sessions that are used to reinforce concepts delivered theoretically, utilising excellent laboratory facilities and equine centre.

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

    Teaching will take place on the Bishop Burton campus in East Yorkshire, UK.

  • How You're Assessed

    Assessment includes written assignments, practical demonstrations, portfolios, scientific reports, group or individual presentations and examinations. 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

    Many students choose to complete a post-graduate qualification such as a masters degree, to extend their knowledge of equine science or focus on an area of specialist scientific knowledge.  

  • Careers

    Students can gain positions within the wide area of the application of equine science to horse health, disease diagnosis and equine management to include laboratory work in veterinary related areas.  

    Students may find employment in a veterinary diagnostic laboratory, equine product development and sales or as equine nutritionists.  Positions as lecturers and researchers are also possible, some need relevant post-graduate qualification.

  • Equipment Required / Additional Costs

    Students will need to buy a white college laboratory coat for laboratory practicals available via our online shop.

    Practical yard equipment required includes; riding hat (PAS015), gloves, boots, dark trousers/ jodhpurs, dark waterproof coat.

    Students will need to purchase stationery, textbooks and any additional qualifications such as BHS stages. Trips and short courses may also be offered at extra cost.

    On successful completion of the programme, students have the opportunity to graduate at a ceremony wearing formal dress. The hire of the formal dress is an additional cost.   

  • How To Apply

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

    If you wish to enter into the final year of the course following successful completion of a relevant FdSc or HND qualification, please apply either via UCAS (selecting year of entry three) or our online application form.

    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 guide to find out more about the BSc Equine Science programme.

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