FdSc Equine Science and Management -

FdSc Equine Science and Management

This programme is subject to a validation for a September 2022 start.

Course Details

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    Full Time
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Course at a glance

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.



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What you will learn

The equine centre has expanded in recent years and now includes three indoor yards.

The FdSc Equine Science and Management degree programme will help you develop knowledge about the systems and structures of the horse and how the horse’s body responds to exercise, injury and rehabilitation. You will also learn about key business management skills, marketing and issues facing the equine industry today. Additionally, you will benefit from being able to develop your practical and horse husbandry skills within a British Horse Society approved training centre.

The equine industry continues to develop and therefore the need for employees with appropriate technical knowledge and skills continues to evolve. This programe is designed to give students the scientific, management and technical knowledge and skills essential to support employability in the equine industry and specifically to develop careers in equine management.

Progression through the programme is achieved by moving from a general equine industry theme to a more in depth and focused consideration of equine science and business management. Importantly current skills gaps within the equine industry include management and planning, ICT and technical, communications, literacy and numeracy skills, all of which will be developed through the generic aims of this programme.

Year 1 Modules

  • Introduction to Analysis for Equine Science
  • Principles of Equine Management
  • Equine Anatomy & Physiology
  • Fundamentals of Business Management
  • Equine Behaviour & Welfare

Elective Modules (Elect one)

  • Practical Horsemanship with Coaching
  • Future Equine Industry

Year 2 Modules

  • Independent Research Project
  • Equine Health & Nutrition with work placement hours
  • Performance Horse Production and Evaluation
  • Applied Marketing for the Equine Industry

Elective Modules (elect two)

  • Equine Event Management
  • Business Enterprise
  • Equitation Science
  • Applied Equine Physiology and Rehabilitation

Key Information

Applicants should have achieved 48 UCAS points plus 5 GCSE’s including English, Maths and Science at Grade C/4 or above. Equivalent qualifications may be accepted in lieu of GCSE’s. Applicants must have successfully completed a full 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 team directly.

On successful completion of the FdSc Equine Science and Management, students may wish to consider progressing on to the University Centres BSc (Hons) Equine Science and Management Top Up. Allowing students to graduate with a BSc (Hons) Degree.

Alternatively, students may wish to consider careers in a variety of industries focused on equine health and management as well as business and events management.

UK, 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-Home (Overseas Students) on Honours Degree/ Ordinary Degree/ Foundation Degree/ Extended Foundation Degree – £14,000

This programme requires students to undertake 300 hours of work placement, with 150 completed each academic year. For the first academic year the work placement hours are completed within the licensed and BIAZA accredited Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park. This work placement is likely to involve some weekend work, as well as days within the half-term breaks. Second year work placement is completed with an external provider which is arranged by the student.

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.

If you are already working in the sector, it may be possible to APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning) this element of the course. Evidence of such employment will be needed, outlining duties etc for consideration at the APL panel, where applications will be considered on an individual basis. If you have any queries in relation to this, then please contact the University Centre team directly.


Assessments will be designed to give students the opportunity of performing tasks that they would be asked to do in employment. There are a range of assessment methods used, including reports, case studies, presentations, Viva -Voce, continual assessments and exams. Typically each module involves two assessments.


Extra Curricular

BHS Stages


HE Riding Team

In addition to tuition fees and accommodation if applicable. Students will need to budget for some extra costs as part of this course, which you will need to pay for yourself. 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)

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