Equine Science with Rehabilitation Therapies FdSc

Full-time undergraduate (2 years)

College of West Anglia (Milton)

September 2017

Intermediate awards: CertHE, DipHE

code: D422

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If you’re passionate about horses, our course gives you the skills you need for a career in equine science. Develop hands-on skills as you learn about equine health, behaviour and treatments. On graduation, you could enter the workplace or study with us for another year and top up to a full honours degree.

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Our course will give you superb exposure to the world of working with horses, providing experience which will be attractive to employers. You’ll be in constant contact with local industry for assessments, giving you valuable knowledge and networking opportunities.

You’ll have the chance to complete short work placements, where you’ll apply the theory and skills you’ve learnt in the classroom. You’ll also spend at least six weeks on an equine work placement during your first summer break, unless you’re already employed in a business that will help with your learning.

When you graduate you could work in development or management positions in nutrition, breeding, welfare, livery and stud yards, riding schools and education and research institutions.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core 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.
  • 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.

Year two, core 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.


Throughout the course, we’ll assess your progress in a number of ways.  The assessment focus will be on hands-on practical activity, with the involvement of industry professionals to make sure you reach employers’ high standards. You’ll also be marked on exams, essays, case studies and portfolios.

You’ll get to spend at least six weeks on an equine work placement during your first summer break, unless you’re already employed in a related business.

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, 2017/18 (per year)


International students, 2017/18 (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.

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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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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.

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Important additional notes

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