Equine Science with Rehabilitation Therapies
BSc (Hons)Intermediate award(s): FdSc
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.
You will study a mix of general biology modules and specialised equine topics. In addition to the fundamental understanding of horse anatomy, physiology, health and traditional training methods, the course will give you 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
- equine training techniques.
Class tuition will be complemented by a range of visits to equine events and establishments.
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.
Level 4 core modules
Learning for HE and Work
Biology and Behaviour
Schooling on the Ground
Animal Anatomy and Physiology
Practical Equine Husbandry (Work based)
Issues in the Equine Industry
Level 5 core modules
Applied Ethology and Animal Welfare
Animal Health and Nutrition
Equine Physiology and Exercise
Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation
Business and Event Management (Work based)
Level 6 core modules
Undergraduate Equine Research Project
Equine Training and Behaviour
Equine Reproduction and Reproductive Technology
Equine Performance Strategies
Animal Welfare and Society
Level 4 optional modules
Level 5 optional modules
Biological Bases of Behaviour
Concepts in Animal Behaviour
Animal Cognition and Training
Preparation for Research
Level 6 optional modules
Domestication and the Behaviour of Domestic and Captive Animals
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, equine spa, solarium and equine gait analysis video equipment and software.
Study abroad optionsThere will be an optional, student-funded field trip to look at animal management systems, which students will be eligible to participate in once they have completed 240 credits of study.
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.
- 220 UCAS tariff points.
- Non-academic conditions: Interviews.
- 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English, Mathematics and one Science.
How to apply
Apply direct to the College of West Anglia. For an application form email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Duration5 Years Part-Time (minimum)
Teaching times*Tue 9am-12pm, Thurs 9am-4pm
Fees & funding
Advice & supportEmployability
FacultyScience & Technology
Contact usUK and EU applicants:
- Call 01245 493131
- Complete enquiry form
- Call +44 (0)1223 698609
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* Teaching days are subject to change each academic year. Timings are also dependent on any optional modules you chose and are for guidance, so we advise all applicants to wait until they are in receipt of their timetable before making arrangements around course times.