The Course

This programme provides an in-depth specialist business understanding of the equine industry with a thorough study of business management and administration procedures.

An underpinning study of the principles and practice of horse management provides complete industry relevance, providing essential practical skills supported with the theoretical underpinning of anatomy, behaviour and exercise physiology to support a range of employment opportunities. Elective modules within this programme allow students to tailor the focus of their degree to support their chosen career path whilst studying modules directly linked to the workplace setting. 

Vocational experience gained within the Work Based Learning modules within this programme takes place on our busy equine centre, students benefit from working alongside academic and commercial teams to develop skills essential for succeeding in industry, as well as opportunity undertake work placements at external establishments.

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Financial Information

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  • What You Study

    Year 1:

    Students are provided with an introduction to business with the Fundamentals of Business and Introduction to Sales and Marketing modules, as well as gaining experience with our commercial enterprises during the Applied Vocational Equine Management module.

    Students gain valuable scientific underpinning with Equine Anatomy and Physiology, which supports the husbandry practices developed during vocational activities and placements. Students also choose to take either Equitation (riding assessment required) or Equine Nutrition. Students are prepared for study with a module in Academic and Research Skills.

    Year 2:

    Subjects develop on the first year of study, incorporating valuable topics such as Equine Exercise Physiology and the option of Equine Behaviour and Welfare or Advanced Equitation (Equitation is a prerequisite). Development of supervisory and management skills are gained through Equine Facility Management and supported with modules in Human Resource Management, Equine Law and Financial Management and Planning.

    Introductory Research Analysis prepares students for the optional BSc Top Up programme.

  • Entry Requirements

    • Applicants will have a minimum of 80 UCAS points, which may be from qualifications such as A Levels, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas, Access to Higher Education 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 your 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.
  • Contact Time

    Approximately 16 hours a week to include lectures, seminars, practicals and tutorials.

    Students are also expected to carry out a significant amount of private study in addition to contact time (25-30 hours a week).

    Students can expect to receive their timetables during induction week.

  • Work Experience

    Students undertake 80 hours of external work placements within an appropriate establishment during level 4 of the programme. 

  • 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. Within work based learning modules students undertake weekly yard experience with both academic and commercial instructors, developing both industry and transferable skills.

    Teaching will take place at 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

    Successful completion of a Foundation Degree allows students to progress on to Level 6 (top up) of the relevant Honours Degree programme.

  • Careers

    Graduates may wish to take up employment opportunities in a wide range of equine-related roles. Both academic and learning skills are transferable to other careers outside that of the equine industry.

    Students graduating from this programme could follow careers in the equine industry as sales executives, racing administrators and marketing officers. Positions also available to graduates include business administrators, bloodstock agents and roles within equine insurance.

  • Equipment Required / Additional Costs

    Students will need to buy a white college laboratory coat for laboratory practicals available via the our online shop.  Practical yard equipment required includes; riding hat (PAS015), gloves, boots, dark trousers/ jodhpurs, dark waterproof coat and body protector (BETA level 3 2009 – purple label standard) for ridden modules.

    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

    Application is through UCAS, using code N2D5.

    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 the programme guide to find out more about the FdSc Business Management for the Equine Industry programme. 

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