Equine Science with Rehabilitation Therapies
FdSc Equine Studies
“I've been involved with horses since I was about 12, when I used to help out in a small yard. My interest grew and I began riding and competing other people's horses before eventually getting some of my own. When I began looking around for Equine courses, the one at Anglia Ruskin University and the College of West Anglia appealed to me most because they had great facilities that allowed a more hands-on approach, which suited my learning style.
I will soon be starting the third year of the course and so far it has been challenging, beneficial and rewarding. The hands-on teaching within some of the modules is one of the course's best assets, as you can really apply what you have learnt in the classroom to the real world. The lecturers are all very knowledgeable and approachable so you really feel any question, however stupid it may sound, can be asked and a really friendly atmosphere is always felt.
The course has really helped me to understand the area of the equine industry that I want to go into. At the moment I'm considering the physiotherapy, chiropractic or perhaps veterinary nursing route and I still have my final year to complete, allowing me more time to decide what career path I want to follow.
Course overviewThis course has been designed to meet the academic and practical needs of a broad range of individuals seeking careers within the growing international equine industry.
The specific aims of this course are:
- for you to acquire and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles underpinning Equine Science with Rehabilitation Therapies to Foundation Degree level.
- to develop your ability to access relevant information and communicate the principles of the subject both orally and in writing.
- to enable you to develop your relevant manipulative and analytical skills and the ability to apply these within a theoretical and practical framework.
- to develop your range of practical skills and experience in Equine Science and related areas of science
- to promote your ability to originate and test ideas scientifically and review results obtained
- to develop your range of transferable skills and competencies (oral communication, writing, numerical and computational) including strategies to update personal and employment competencies relevant to careers in Equine Science and a wider range of graduate employment opportunities
- to enable you to acquire an awareness of the wider social, economic and ethical implications of Equine Science
- to develop your expertise in the handling and husbandry of horses.
- to enable you to demonstrate a broad understanding of normal and abnormal behaviour of the horse
- to promote your development as a reflective, flexible, independent learner with a strong foundation for lifelong learning.
Additional course informationIn addition to the fundamental understanding of horse anatomy, physiology, health and traditional training methods, the course will give students the opportunity to explore both the science and practical application of the latest techniques in the equine world including those used in: reproduction through artificial insemination and embryo transfer and equine training techniques.
Class tuition will be complemented by a range of visits to equine events and establishments.
Upon completion of this course you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- key aspects of equine behaviour, management and welfare. You will have acquired a coherent knowledge that is at, or is informed by, the forefront of the discipline
- terminology, nomenclature and classification systems as appropriate
- current developments within the Equine Industry and the philosophical, social and ethical issues involved. You will be aware of the contribution of Science to debate and controversies, and how this knowledge and understanding forms the basis for informed concern about the quality and sustainability of life.
- how to be aware of the arguments, and problems at the forefront of equine welfare.
- particular aspects of current research, or equivalent advanced scholarship, in equine behaviour, management and welfare.
- how to be able to demonstrate an awareness of the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge particularly with regard to understanding of applied aspects of equine behaviour, management and welfare.
- how to demonstrate the ability to manage your own learning, and to make use of scholarly reviews and primary sources (e.g. refereed research articles and/or original materials appropriate to Equine Studies).
Year one core modules
Learning and Skills for HE
The Animal Industry
Introduction to Animal Behaviour and Welfare
Practical Introduction to Equine Health, Management and Therapy
Year two core modules
Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation
Applied Equine Exercise Physiology
- There is the potential for students with sufficient equestrian skills to have the opportunity to train and be examined for additional BHS (British Horse Society) qualifications in 'care' and/or 'riding' at levels 1,2 or 3.
AssessmentThe assessment will vary depending upon the module in question but will include essays, case studies, exams and portfolio preparation. There will be a strong emphasis on the assessment of 'hands-on' practical activity.
FacilitiesStudents will have access to the full range of facilities at both the College of West Anglia (CWA) and Anglia Ruskin University. The equine facilities at CWA have recently undergone extensive refurbishment and now include an Equine Rehabilitation Centre. Students will gain expertise in the operation of the state-of-the-art rehabilitation equipment, including an aqua treadmill, solarium, and equine gait analysis video equipment and software.
Links with industry and professional recognitionThere will be extensive involvement of industry professionals in the assessment of students' knowledge and practical competence within various modules of the equine studies degree programme, in particular equine topics (such as equine husbandry, groundwork, event management etc) to ensure an appropriate industry standard has been reached.
Work placementsA number of short educational placements will allow students to apply their growing knowledge and skills in a work setting.
The majority of students will also be required to spend a minimum of six weeks in an equine establishment on a work-based placement during the first summer vacation. However, if a student is in employment during their course within a business that is judged to be appropriate to the learning outcomes of the degree, the requirement for a dedicated placement may be shortened or disregarded.
Associated careersGraduates will be fully prepared for development or management positions within nutrition, breeding and welfare establishments, livery and stud yards, riding schools, and educational and research institutions.
- 160 UCAS tariff points.
- Non-academic conditions: Interviews.
- 5 GCSEs at C grade or above to include English, Mathematics and one Science subject.
This course is not available for international applicants.
How to apply
short name FdSc/EqS
institution code W35
institution name WESTA
Fees & funding
Open Day15 November (Cambridge) and 19 November (Chelmsford)
Undergraduate Open Day
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FacultyScience & Technology
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