Equine Science with Rehabilitation Therapies BSc (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (3 years)

College of West Anglia (Milton)

September 2017

Intermediate awards: CertHE, DipHE

code: D42F

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Get hands-on exposure to managing the health, behaviour and welfare of horses. Our course will make sure that you’re equipped to join, and thrive, in the equine industry. While you’ll get a solid academic foundation, the focus is on getting you involved.

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Our course puts you in constant contact with the local equine industry, offering opportunities for learning and networking.

As a graduate, you’ll be prepared for employment in development or management positions in nutrition, breeding and welfare establishments, livery and stud yards, riding schools and educational and research institutions.

Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. If you’d like to continue your studies we offer a wide range of full-time and part-time postgraduate courses.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • The Animal Sector
    Expand your understanding of the equine and animal industries in the UK and worldwide. You’ll investigate the environments in which organisations operate and an animal's performance in these industrial contexts and factors that influence the businesses. You’ll investigate the role which animal charities perform and their contribution to developing and raising awareness of animal welfare and education. You’ll explore the impact of political, social and economic factors on the diverse uses of horses, other equids and working animals such as companion animals, farm and exotic species and investigate issues surrounding the use of animals both nationally and internationally, for leisure, competition, tourism, trade, meat, pharmaceutical, veterinary, food and motive power. Finally, you’ll focus on legal and ethical frameworks which govern and inform the industry and the role of the various stakeholders and identify solutions to issues relating to the industry and reflect on your current role or potential roles within this work sector.
  • 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.
  • Academic Skills in the Animal Industry
    In this module we’ll develop your efficient reading and writing skills to grow your confidence in note taking, basic report writing, referenced essays and assessments. You’ll improve your communication skills, both orally and through presentations to prepare you for the rest of your studies, and your future employment.
  • Functional Equine Anatomy
    Developing a practical approach to anatomy and physiology is vital for translating theoretical knowledge to the practical environment. This module will facilitate the investigation of the equine anatomical structures and physiological systems through the use of live equine models, palpation and dissection with a greater focus on more in-depth anatomical and physiological concepts in context of the horse to underpin the understanding for recovery and rehabilitation of the equine athlete.
  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology
    Through this module, you’ll get an appreciation of how major anatomical structures and systems within animals relate to locomotion and behaviour. We’ll investigate the anatomy and physiology of animals giving you a thorough understanding of animal morphology. You’ll investigate the structure and function of all major body organs, including the superficial and deep muscles, skeletal structures, cardiovascular, digestive, nervous and respiratory systems. Through the study of the senses, particularly the auditory and visual systems, you’ll understand how various animals perceive their environment and the influence this has on its behaviour. Computer-based learning assignments will give you immediate formative guidance on your performance and assessments will be short answer, multiple choice based assessments and a traditional essay where you'll be required to relate anatomy and physiology to behavioural characteristics of animals.

Year two, core modules

  • Equitation Science and Applied Equine Exercise Physiology
    Horse and rider make up a unique athletic combination, therefore we must consider riders as an integral part of any equestrian performance. They also represent the owners and trainers who we must communicate effectively with regarding the needs of the horse in order to maximise the effectiveness of training and achieve high welfare standards and solve performance problems; found in both horse and rider. A thorough understanding of equine physiology is required to enable the maximisation or the return of the athletic performance of the horse without compromising its welfare. Your module will focus on the physiology of the exercising horse and the physiological loading found in the retraining and rehabilitation process. You’ll consider the systems which enable the horse to perform as an athlete, and the training and retraining of these systems through exercise and physical therapy. Your understanding will allow great insight into tissue adaptations when considering the choice of therapy for rehabilitation methods, and the appropriate schedule for horses undertaking different careers. Your module will also investigate qualities which an effective rider, trainer and coach must have and will also examine the inter-relationships between the team. You’ll review rider exercise physiology which will allow comparisons between health-related fitness and sport specific fitness to be made, and to discover the possible impact this has on the rider and horse combination and the likely adjustments needed if working within the constraints of a rehabilitation programme. You’ll review and evaluate the roles of other personnel, such as the veterinarian, farrier, nutritionist, physiotherapist etc. You’ll investigate the aims and motivations of both leisure and elite riders competing in a range of disciplines. You’ll learn about the theories of motivation applied to a sporting field, which will aid your understanding of the mentality of a range of riders and their short, medium and long term goals. Processes of developing and maintaining confidence in a rider and giving necessary performance feedback will be investigated. Aspects of health and safety which impact training regimes for both horse and rider in a range of equestrian disciplines will aid your understanding of different techniques employed in training sessions. Risk management, rider behaviour, specialist equipment and environmental considerations is examined. Analysis of rider performance in a practical setting will support the underpinning knowledge of rider behaviour, management, and psychology and skills performance. Consideration will be given to the motivation for the use of and physiological effects of performance enhancing drugs. In addition, the causation of conditions which affect the welfare and performance capabilities of the horse, for example exercise injuries causing lameness, is considered. Knowledge gained through study of our module will be of use to you in gaining employment in virtually any sphere of the equine industry. You’ll be assessed though a combination of examination and coursework.
  • 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.
  • Preparation for Research
    Here, you’ll learn a range of relevant analytical techniques and tools of relevance to employment in science and vital for your final year student-led research project. You’ll learn the information and skills you need to conduct successful research, including: defining and developing a conceptual framework; finding and reviewing relevant literature; identifying and understanding appropriate methods of data collection and analyses; presenting your work orally and in writing; ethical considerations and health and safety issues.
  • Equine Reproductive Physiology
    The vast scope of the equine breeding industry requires an understanding of the role that the mare, stallion and foal will play. Our module will allow you to develop a comprehensive understanding of the science of horse breeding, from natural breeding in wild or feral conditions, through conventional paddock mating and 'in-hand' breeding to semen collection and artificial insemination. Emergent reproductive technologies such as embryo transfer, in-vitro fertilisation, cloning and gene manipulation is considered.
  • 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.

Year three, core modules

  • Undergraduate Major Project
    You’ll create in a substantial piece of individual research and/or product development work, focused on a topic of your choice. 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, develop hardware, software and/or media artefacts as appropriate, 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.
  • Advanced Animal Behaviour for Training and Management
    In this module we’ll build on your understanding of behavioural therapy gained in ‘Introduction to Animal Behaviour and Welfare’, and apply it to animal training and management. We’ll look at how traditional techniques have been based on human convenience, tradition and anthropomorphic beliefs as to the preferences of animals and how these differ from the motivations and behavior of the animals. You’ll evaluate conventional training and management techniques, critiquing and analysing them, based on your scientific understanding.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Advanced in Equine Sports and Performance Sciences
    This module is a unique blend of innovative learning and research and will give you the skills to critically appraise new and emerging research from the equine industry. You’ll get the opportunity to both develop your own chosen areas of interest and gain understanding of what drives industry research.
  • 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.


Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help measure your progress. The focus will be on hands-on practical activity, but you’ll also complete essays, case studies, exams and portfolios.

Industry professionals will be involved in your practical assessments to make sure that you reach employers’ high standards.

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)


International students, 2016/17 (per year)


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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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.

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  • 200 UCAS tariff points.
  • Non-academic conditions: interviews.
  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English, Mathematics and one science subject.

Please call us for further details about entry requirements for this course.

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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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