The Course

This programme will prepare graduates with therapeutic practical skills as well as sound academic knowledge in order to promote equine health and performance.

The programme includes a range of modules designed to offer both technical expertise and practical competence in the management, therapy and rehabilitation of horses.

The programme benefits from an onsite therapy centre, effectively preparing students with the knowledge and skills to operate and assess the role of specialist equipment to promote equine health and performance.

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

Find the full details on the fees associated with this programme and the financial support available here.

  • What You Study

    Year 1:

    Modules introduce the student to the horse structure and function, including Equine Anatomy and Physiology and Equine Nutrition.

    Modules at this level are designed to provide underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for working in practical settings, including Introduction to Equine Therapy and Specialist Equine Practice.

    Students are prepared for study with modules in Academic and Research skills, as well as getting experience with our commercial enterprises during Applied Vocational Equine Management module.

    Year 2:

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

    Students complete specialised modules to support working in the therapy industry including Groundwork and Therapy and Training for Performance and Rehabilitation. The therapy modules include case studies and experience using a range of specialist equipment in our onsite equine therapy centre.

    Development of supervisory and management skills are gained through Equine Facility Management with preparation for the optional BSc top-up with a module on Introductory Research Analysis. 

  • 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 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

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

  • Careers

    Students graduating from this programme could follow careers in the wide and diverse equine industry as self-employed equine musculoskeletal therapists (NB: an additional practitioner level qualification must be attained to achieve practitioner status), assistants/operatives within equine rehabilitation or welfare centres and facility supervisors.

    Many graduates progress onto the final year of the BSc Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation programme, and further onto post-graduate towards a career in Veterinary Physiotherapy. 

  • Equipment Required / Additional Costs

    Students will need to buy a white college laboratory coat for laboratory practicals available via our online shopPractical yard equipment required includes; riding hat (PAS015), gloves, boots, dark trousers/ jodhpurs, dark waterproof coat.

    Students will need to purchase stationery, text books 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 DD4J.

    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 FdSc Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation programme.

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