Equine Science with Rehabilitation Therapies BSc (Hons)

Part-time undergraduate (5 years)

College of West Anglia



Developed and taught in partnership with the international equine industry, our course will give you the knowledge and skills you need to work in a variety of equine settings, as well as opportunities to specialise.

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Full description


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. 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.
  • Biomeasurement
    This module introduces the use of statistics and computing software in the biosciences. Although we focus on biological applications, the quantitative and IT skills you will gain will be of benefit in a number of graduate employment roles. You will be shown how to use information in the form of data to answer questions about biological systems, and learn a range of visual data presentation and statistical techniques. We will also show you how to choose the most appropriate technique for a range of data types and circumstances, perform and interpret numerical and graphical analyses correctly, and communicate the results clearly and transparently.
  • 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.

Level 6 modules

  • Management of Equine Disease
    This module will allow you to undertake a comprehensive review of the immune system of the horse. The structures and mechanisms of the immune system will be examined, compared and contrasted in order to ensure that you understand the difference between the humoral and cell mediated responses to challenges on the immune system. The role and mechanisms of inflammation will be explored in detail, as well as the biochemical cascade complement system and role of interferon. This relates to the processes of injury, repair and rehabilitation which has been met in prior modules. Cellular components of the immune system will be examined to elucidate their mechanisms of action and cement knowledge of how the body of the horse responds to pathogenic invasions. The main disease causing agents will be reviewed to include bacterial, viral, protozoal, rikettsial, fungal and parasitic pathogens.Disease epidemiology and causative factors are investigated for a range of common and exotic equine diseases. Biosecurity and management of naive and compromised populations as well as international regulation for the prevention of the spread of exotic diseases are discussed. Pharmacology and immunotherapy mechanisms and effectiveness are appraised for a variety of conditions.Throughout this module you'll explore the impact of key equine diseases in order that the physiology of the immune system and the management of disease can be contextualised. There will be emphasis on both common UK endemic diseases as well as exotic continental diseases, which now pose a wider threat to the UK horse population due to the increase in international transport of the equine population. This will lead you to understanding the concept of biosecurity and a variety of mechanisms which are utilised to achieve this.
  • Advanced Equine Performance Strategies
    This module will provide you with a critical understanding of the factors affecting performance horses. It'll allow you to thoroughly understand the biochemical and physiological responses and how these can be used to optimise recovery and rehabilitation times alongside performance.
  • Undergraduate Project
    You’ll create in a substantial piece of individual research and/or product development work, focused on a topic of your choice in life science. You could chose your topic from a variety of sources including research groups, previous/current work experience, your current employer, a suggestion from your tutor or a topic you’re specifically interested in. You’ll identify problems and issues, conduct literature reviews, evaluate information, investigate and adopt suitable development methodologies, determine solutions, process data, critically appraise and present your finding using a variety of media. Regular meetings with your project supervisor will ensure your project is closely monitored and steered in the right direction.
  • Applied Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation
    This module will expand on your knowledge of Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation. You’ll gain a greater understanding of the repair mechanisms in body tissues to investigate the link between the physiological and immunological responses and why certain modalities of treatment are most suitable. More complex conditions involving the neurological system will be included so that you understand the importance of muscle activation and re-education in the process of rehabilitation.


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.

Where can I study?

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students (per year, for guidance only, based on studying at half the rate of a full-time student)


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.

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.

How to apply for a tuition fee loan

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.

How to pay your fees directly

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Funding for UK & EU students

We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.

Grants and scholarships are available for:

Entry requirements


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220 UCAS tariff points. Non-academic conditions: Interviews. 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English, Mathematics and one Science.

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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 admissions@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.

Entry requirements are for September 2016 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.

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