Equine Science with Rehabilitation Therapies FdSc

Part-time undergraduate (3 years)

College of West Anglia (Milton)

September 2017


Develop the knowledge and skills you need to work in the growing international equine industry, specialising in the different aspects of equine health, husbandry and rehabilitation.

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Our graduates go on to work in nutrition, breeding, welfare, livery, stud yards, riding schools, universities and research centres. 

Industry professionals are extensively involved in assessing our students on topics such as equine husbandry, groundwork and event management - so employers can be confident you’re qualified for the workplace.

Modules & assessment

Level 4 modules

  • Learning and Skills for HE
    If you're entering higher education you'll need specific study skills to enable you to maximise your learning potential and take advantage of opportunities available both in the academic setting and the workplace. Students enter with different levels of skills and experience and may approach the module in a variety of ways. The module prepares and supports you to build a strong foundation for learning and later development. Learning will develop and underpin Level One study skills in the first half of the semester with the focus moving towards individual formative support towards the end of the semester. You'll develop and maintain a reflective learning log/blog to support this module and their continuing studies, the reflective log/blog is used as the basis of tutorial work and formative assessment. This work will also provide evidence for the beginning of a Personal Development Planning Portfolio that you'll build on over the next two years of your studies. You'll be expected to meet with your personal tutors to review your progress and actively seek out a mentor within the university community or workplace.
  • Academic Skills in the Animal Industry
    Maximise your learning potential and take advantage of opportunities available both in our academic setting and the workplace. You’ll focus on developing self-confidence in learning skills such as note-taking, report writing, referenced essays and assessment skills, as well as communicating effectively with others, both orally and through the use of presentation technologies. You’ll develop skills in scientific framing of questions and hypotheses as a starting point for the scientific investigation of behaviour and acquire, evaluate and summarise scientific communication, such as peer-reviewed journal articles. Throughout this module, you’ll continually contextualise all of the scenarios to both animal or equine based topics, such as reviewing popular topics from Horse and Hound and The Equine Veterinary Education to evaluate writing style, content, structure and layout and development of the understanding of hypothesis and data evaluation in the practical animal setting. You’ll practice writing reports of investigations carried out in a practical setting in preparation for later projects such as the undergraduate project module in year 3 and create a Personal Development and Planning Portfolio (PDP) that you’ll update throughout your degree program. This will become an important resource to evidence your knowledge and skills and personal development to future employers.
  • Introduction to Animal Behaviour and Welfare
    In this module you’ll review the philosophy and multidisciplinary origins of the scientific study of behaviour. You’ll also consider the ethically sound use of the scientific study of animal behaviour in pure and applied disciplines, especially in the context of the assessment of animal welfare. Through this module you'll gain foundation knowledge in the scientific study of animal behaviour, its potential applications, and the principles of sound experimental design. Such skills will be developed in subsequent modules and will prove useful in a wide range of scientific and animal management careers.
  • Practical Introduction to Equine Health, Management and Therapy
    We’ll introduce you to, and develop your ability to handle and care for a variety of horses whilst following health and safety guidelines and showing care and consideration for those working alongside you.

Level 5 modules

  • Business Management (Animal and Equine)
    In this module you'll investigate the fundamental principles of business management and reflect formally on experiences from your six week work experience placement. It'll allow you to build on your knowledge of the industry and help you to develop your understanding of business related subjects such as marketing, finance and human resource management.
  • Equine Biomechanics
    You’ll be introduced to the concepts of equine biomechanics; this radically developing sphere is revolutionising the way we review, interpret and understand the way horses move. Riders, owners and trainers are turning more towards biomechanical analysis for their performance horses and to improve the chances of winning against their opponents. It is a method of determining inequalities in gait which may have result from, or contributed to injury of the equine athlete and their subsequent treatment and rehabilitation. You’ll learn about equine gaits in the context of the stride phase, swing, stance duration, hoof placement and lift off. Footfall and limb coordination will be investigated with reference to speed, stride length, stride duration and stride frequency.
  • Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation
    You’ll build on the knowledge you've gained within previous modules to foster your understanding of the range of disease and injury found in the horse and of the therapeutic and rehabilitation techniques currently practised in combating them. You’ll become proficient in the safe and effective application of a range of equipment on site at the CWA Cambridge campus, such as: aqua treadmill; hot/cold therapy system; magnatherapy; solarium.
  • Equine Nutrition
    An understanding of nutrition is a vital feature of effective horse husbandry and has a major role in developing, restoring and sustaining optimal health. Our module will introduce you to the study of equine nutrition and build upon the information gained throughout Animal Anatomy and Physiology, Functional Equine Anatomy and Practical Introduction to Health, Management and Therapy.


We’ll assess mostly on your performance during hands-on practical activities, but there’ll also be essay, case study and portfolio assignments, as well as exams. Industry professionals will help assess your practical abilities to guarantee you’re ready for the workplace. 

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate. 

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year part time)


UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year, part time)


Important fee notes

The course fee assumes that you’re studying at half the rate of a full time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.

Additional costs

Please note, the estimated additional costs for this course are as follows: lab coat - £15; poster printing - £20; walking boots - £60; waterproof coat - £50; wellingtons - £25; waterproof trousers - £20. 

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your fees in the following ways.

Tuition fee loan

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Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.

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Paying upfront

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If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.

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Entry requirements

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160 UCAS tariff points. Non-academic conditions: Interviews. 5 GCSEs at C grade or above to include English, Mathematics and one Science subject.

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

All tariff points must come from A levels. Points from AS levels cannot be counted towards the total tariff points required for entry to this course.

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