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Course at a glance
This three year BSc/BSc (Hons) Equine Science with Management degree programme has been designed to allow students to integrate applied equine research with the scientific theory of managing equines.
What you will learn
University Centre Askham Bryan has an established equine centre with a strong relationship with the British Horse Society. It is a registered training and examination centre for horse care and riding and already runs a range of professional training for those who take part in equine sports. The equine centre has expanded in recent years and now includes three indoor yards.
This three year BSc/BSc (Hons) Equine Science with Management degree programme has been designed to allow students to integrate applied equine research with the scientific theory of managing equines. The course prepares students for management level careers in the equine and associated leisure industries. A three year honours degree programme which includes skills and knowledge that can be applied to a wide range of areas within the equine industry.
Part one of the programme provides students with the core skills in the equine industry allowing them to specialise later in the programme.
Part two of the programme offers a suite of core equine science modules and a choice of two out of three option modules allowing students to specialise in areas of particular interest to them.
Part three follows a similar approach, again also offering options for specialisation as well as a research focus looking at current trends in the industry.
Year 1 Modules
• Academic Skills
Essential elements of success at Higher Education are to: find, evaluate and critique academic texts, present in an academic format and demonstrate the conventions of writing within Higher Education. This module aims to develop and enhance the key academic skills and competences which enable students to study effectively on higher education programmes.
• Introduction to Business
Foundation Degrees are vocational qualifications intended to prepare students for work in a globalised business arena. This module is intended to introduce the business environment as an exciting, competitive, globalised and financially driven place to work. Students are then challenged to develop the appropriate understanding and basic skills required to function within a business context.
• Equine Anatomy and Physiology
This module provides knowledge of the fundamental concepts of anatomy and physiology which underpin biological sciences. The anatomical structures of animals and adaptations present in a range of species will be covered. It provides knowledge on cell ultrastructure and the structure and function of a range of tissues and organs and the roles they play in body systems. The role of the nervous and endocrine systems in the control of body processes and homeostasis will be covered. This module will provide knowledge of the structure of animals and how they function which underpins health, management and breeding of animals. An understanding of anatomy and physiology will enable the selection of management techniques that promote animal welfare.
• Equine Health
Equine health is a key welfare indicator and has impacts upon production and performance as well as significant financial implications. Therefore a good working knowledge of the factors that contribute to health and disease in the horse is required. This module will examine both infectious and none infectious causes of disease processes alongside the prevention of disease and management of disease outbreaks.
• Equine Behaviour and Welfare
The management of today’s domestic horse is very far removed from the environment in which it evolved. Management practices are often designed to fit in with the horse owner’s lifestyle and do not respect the proximate needs of the horse. This module explores the evolution of natural equine behaviour and investigates management as the cause of so-called ‘abnormal’ behaviours. Students will use this knowledge to interpret the behaviour of the horses they work with and to consider changes in their management in order to improve equine welfare through provision for ethological needs.
• Coaching Psychology and Rider Performance
This module aims to develop the students’ knowledge and ability to analyse rider performance. Whilst understanding the impact that physiological and psychological factors that lead to improved rider performance through coaching skills and techniques which covers the industry qualification standards of BHS preliminary and UKCC syllabus.
• Management of the Performance Horse
The management of performance horses is multi-factorial and many aspects of stable management need to be considered in order for the horse to perform optimally. There are many management skills required in order to maximise performance of the equine athlete. Correct turnout and fitting of tack and equipment for a given performance is needed so that the performance horse can compete efficiently and to industry standard. A theoretical understanding of equine husbandry practices including transportation and passporting of equines ensures that the stable manager is contemporary and can apply practices in a variety of situations. There are a number of factors that over time will inevitably undermine the performance of the equine athlete. This module evaluates equine specialist topics such as saddle fitting, farriery and dentistry in the management routine of horses to promote athletic ability and the use of paraprofessionals, such as vets, physiotherapists, saddle fitters, dentists and farriers, to support the horse’s performance. A range of equine husbandry skills are needed to ensure that the performance horse is able to develop, maintain and prolong a competitive career. Skills that will be developed include understanding saddle fit, bitting as well as correct preparation and turnout of the horse for a given performance.
• The Future Equine Industry
The Equine Industry is rapidly expanding and changing. The sector is impacted by many external technological and economical factors and in certain areas struggles to keep abreast of these changes. Equine graduates will need to understand the key factors driving this transformation and develop appropriate business knowledge and commercial skills to become successful managers in this industry and mitigate these impacts whilst maximising opportunities for change. This module aims to develop the learners’ understanding and appreciation of emerging industry themes and trends and identify the implications of this change to their future career.
Year 2 Modules
• Academic Development
Developing further the skills and competences required for study in higher education to enable critical writing and reflection. Underpinning knowledge of sampling and experimental design, statistical techniques and advanced IT skills will develop the competences required for undertaking research projects and presenting work in a professional manner.
• Applied Marketing for the Equine Industry
This unit aims to provide equine students with an introduction to the fundamental concepts and principles that underpin the marketing process. This broad-based unit will provide all learners with a concise and contemporary overview of marketing and give them the knowledge and skills to underpin further study in the specialist field of marketing. Students will be able to understand the planning needs of organisations, review marketing activity and develop a marketing plan which outlines specified strategic marketing objectives.
• Equine Rehabilitation and Injury Management
This module aims to improve the learners’ awareness of the possible injuries that can affect horses, particularly competition horses. Different equestrian disciplines predispose horses to different types of injuries and it is important that students recognise this in order to take preventative action.
• Equine Nutrition
The module is designed to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the principles of animal nutrition. These are fundamental to the management of any animal. Students will examine the processes involved in the intake and use of nutrient substrates by animals, including the biochemical principles of the reactions of digestion and metabolism within the body. Nutrients of feedstuffs will be considered in relation to animal requirements, and changes to requirements, based upon the health and developmental status of the animal.
• Performance Horse Evaluation
This module focuses on the evaluation of the performance horse, by the student and in industry and research. With the increase in the high health, high performance horse research and needs, the students will be able to recognise a suitable horse and gain insight into how this horse can be encouraged to stay at a high level of competition for years. The module will focus on the event horse but will also allow students to research and case study racehorses, dressage horses and show jumpers.
• Equine Breeding and Reproduction Technology
This module aims to provide the learner with a broad overview of approaches taken to breed the modern performance horse and to evaluate current issues which may impact upon this process. The equine reproduction industry is constantly evolving in response to veterinary and technological advances. Learners will study a range of breeding technologies and explore ethical considerations surrounding these.
Elective Modules (elect two)
• Applied Equine Learning Theory
Equine behaviour problems are common across all disciplines with growing professional practice and research activity in this area. This module facilitates an understanding of the application of learning theory principles in equine behaviour modification. Students will develop a detailed understanding of the development, signs and symptoms of equine behaviour problems and make thorough investigation of the theoretical and practical skills associated with handling and training horses in a behaviour modification situation.
• Equine Sports Psychology
This module will allow students to create an understanding of the fundamentals of sports psychology in relation to individual and team performance. Psychology is a valuable tool in improving and enhancing performance in athletes of all sporting levels, and is used to understand the patterns of exercise adherence and motivation. This module will explore the techniques employed by sports psychologists to maximise athletic performance. The students will be encouraged to demonstrate an understanding of motor responses, as well as the theories of motivation and reward.
• Business Enterprise
This module encourages the learner to develop their business, employability and entrepreneurial skills. In addition this module challenges the learner to consider enterprise (self-employment) as an alternative to traditional employment.
Year 3 Modules
The aim of this module is to enable the student to further develop skills in the collection, analysis and evaluation of information from a range of sources on an agreed topic. The module provides an opportunity for the student to conduct independent research by deploying established techniques of analysis and enquiry, as well as acquiring new research skills. The module enables students to extend knowledge learnt at Level 4 and 5 and apply it to specific situations.
• Research Methods
The module aims to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of different research philosophies and methodologies. Students will develop skills in identifying and critiquing research methodologies as well as undertaking analysis and evaluation of results.
• Business Leadership and Management
In addition to their subject specific skills students preparing for the world of work will need a range of transferable skills in various areas. This module aims to equip the learner with a skill set to enable them to lead and manage in an organisational or team context. The average graduate will be employed in or expected to progress on to a management role within an organisation to do this the skills of leadership and management are essential.
• Applied Sustainable Practices
The module is designed to encourage problem based learning and autonomous study skills through research and the subsequent production and presentation of work of a high academic standard. The module will give students an insight into the important areas of environmental management and how the principles of sustainable development can be incorporated into the business strategy of a chosen subject area.
• Advanced Behaviour and Psychology
The module revisits the potential limitations imposed on natural behaviour by the domestic environment and challenges learners to use ethology as a method of problem solving in relation to the main issues that arise from domestication. Students will also extend their understanding of the learning mechanisms of the horse, with particular attention given to cognition. The module allows students to critique common training techniques and aids with reference to how horses are able, or not able to learn. Students will be able to give justified recommendations for ways of training horses that are both effective and pay regard to psychological welfare.
• Applied Equine Veterinary Science
The module aims to provide learners with a working knowledge of veterinary procedures and health strategies in order that they may competently understand and evaluate veterinary research and be confident working with veterinary professionals in an professional equine sphere
• Recent Advances in Equestrian Industry
The equine industry is undergoing change and opinion shifts is areas such as scientific development, diagnostics, ethical practice of handling horses as well as approaches to disease treatment and prevention. It is important that equine managers of the future have an appreciation of these evolutionary shifts. This module will allow students to evaluate and reflect upon areas within the equine industry that are currently undergoing research and development. By evaluating a range of topics linked to all areas of equine management students will gain the knowledge and understanding to apply new developments to the equine industry and move the industry forward from within.
Elective Modules (elect one)
• Advanced Nutrition
This module will develop on student’s previous knowledge of nutrition enabling them to review diets and effect on horses’ physiology and welfare needs. It will equip students with a detailed knowledge of a range of current and emerging areas across the scientific sphere of equine nutrition, industry. Students will develop a detailed and specialised knowledge and of how the emerging science influences the nutritional management techniques currently in use within the equine industry.
• Advanced Coaching
This module aims to advance the students’ knowledge and analysis of coaching the human athlete. Whilst critiquing the impact that physiological and psychological factors that affect athlete performance and achievement. Using modern scientific advances in technology and research that aid coaching skills
• Strategic Marketing Management for the Equine Industry
This module builds upon practical insight gained from its pre-requisite Applied Marketing for the Equine Industry at Level 5. Strategic Marketing Management for the Equine Industry provides a theoretical framework for marketing knowledge and skills required by senior decision makers of businesses. Modern day equine businesses will need to adapt to change and anticipate consumer demand in order to grow and increase participation in the sector. The ability to market a business effectively is a cornerstone to enable growth and is a key area for improvement within the equine industry. Equine students aspiring to be managers of the future will develop a solid appreciation of these key strategic imperatives.
Applicants should have achieved 84 UCAS points plus 5 GCSEs including English, Maths and Science at grade C/4 or above. Equivalent qualifications may be accepted in lieu of GCSEs In addition applicants must have successfully completed a minimum of one year of Level 3 study and/or have significant industry experience.
An initial assessment process may be used to inform the College of your current status. Some students may be asked to attend an interview.
Applicants who believe they may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Certificated and/or Experiential Learning (APCL/APEL) will be considered on an individual basis. If you have any queries in relation to entry qualifications, then please contact the University Centre directly.
Students studying the course may enter a wide variety of roles and areas in the industry such as scientific researchers, nutrition, medical technology and diagnostics, behavioural and welfare and ethical spheres amongst others
Many students may progress further onto a Masters, PhD or other professional body courses.
UK/EU, Isle of Man and Channel Isles Students on BSc Honours Degree/ BSc Ordinary Degree/ BSc Top up/ Foundation Degree/ Extended Foundation Degree – £9,000
Non-EU Overseas Students on Honours Degree/ Ordinary Degree/ Foundation Degree/ Extended Foundation Degree – £14,000
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Work placement is completed with an external employer which is arranged by the student. Such placements include laboratory work, scientific research, nutrition, medical technology and diagnostics, behavioural welfare and ethical spheres amongst others etc.
All work placements are subject to a health and safety check by the college to ensure that placements are suitable and safe. Support can be made available via the module tutor to help locate a suitable placement.
Students on full time three year BSc programmes must complete a minimum of 10 weeks approved work experience to acquire a minimum of 30 placement credits.
Assessments will be designed to give students the opportunity of performing tasks that they would be asked to do in employment.
There is a range of assessment methods used including reports, case studies, presentations, Viva -Voce, continual assessments and exams. Typically each module involves two assessments.
HE Riding Team
In addition to tuition fees and accommodation if applicable, , students will need to budget for extra costs as part of this course and will be responsible to cover them. Below is a list with approximate cost to help with your budgeting, however, it is important to speak with the course manager as you may not be required to ride during this top-up degree. Lab PPE will be required by all students.
Riding hat standard £40- £100
Body protector £80- £100
Protective riding gloves £7- £20
Hair net £1
Breaches £25- £40
Whips £5- £15
Suitable long-sleeved top (not a hoodie) £10- £20
Warm waterproof coat £30- £100
Yard boots £30- £50
Lab safety glasses £10
White lab coat £10- £20
Optional course trips £20 – £2000 (Dependant on the trip/tour)