A minimum of 96 UCAS points
The course focuses on the science behind the latest advances in the equine industry.
The programme embeds key veterinary science modules such as Mammalian Biochemistry and Veterinary Microbiology and Immunology which allows graduates to access entry into a wide range of paraveterinary postgraduate courses and employment opportunities. The modules incorporate key laboratory skills which are developed during the degree course, and culminate in students having the opportunity to engage in collaborative projects with industry partners.
Full-time: 3 years
The links with ‘live’ research projects and opportunities to use new enhanced scientific laboratory facilities creates a vibrant and well resourced environment for undertaking undergraduate dissertations.
The route will prepare students for employment in broad fields within the equine industry including nutrition, stud work, performance management, para-veterinary, pharmaceutical sales and diagnostic laboratory work and equine research. It also provides graduate opportunities for entry into management in other sectors and has a very broad scientific training offering entry to more than 25 post-graduate degree programmes both within and outside of the equine field.
What will I study?
The course focuses on the latest advances in equine science providing graduates with a foundation in the scientific skills essential to the equine industry.
The BSc (Hons) in Equine Science at Reaseheath offers both academic excellence and student satisfaction.
The course is validated by the University of Chester ensuring students graduate with a degree awarded by a well-respected University with a high level of academic and vocational skills.
The BSc (Hons) in Equine Science embeds key veterinary science modules allowing graduates to access a range of para-veterinary postgraduate courses and employment opportunities.
The HE Equine team are experts in their chosen field with extensive industry experience, students benefit from their passion for knowledge transfer. The team delivers student support second to none to ensure undergraduates have every opportunity for academic success.
Modules (all at 20 credits with the exception of the dissertation module which is a double credit module at 40 credits) include:
- RC4111 Scientific Data Collection and Analysis
- RC4520 Comparative Functional Anatomy and Physiology
- RC4521 Companion Animal Husbandry, Behaviour and Welfare
- RC4036 Equids in Global Industry
- RC4037 Introduction to Equine Genetics and Breeding
- RC4040 Veterinary Biosciences
- RC5509 Research Methods
- RC5511 Animal Nutrition
- RC5002 Equine Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics
- RC5039 Veterinary Physiology and Microbiology
- RC5037 Equine Health and Epidemiology
- RC5038 Advances in Equine Breeding
- RC5502 Work Based Learning
- RC5508 Experiential Learning
- RC6003 Dissertation
- RC6018 Equine Parasitology
- RC6024 Advanced Equine Nutrition
- RC6027 Recent Advances in Equine Sciences
- RC6028 Microbiology and Immunology
- RC6025 Advanced Equine Welfare and Ethics
Optional modules run subject to sufficient uptake. Module selection will take place during induction week each year and confirmation of a module running will take place at this time.
Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity, plus field trips. Your actual contact hours may depend on which optional modules you select, but the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each year of the course:
Year 1: 33% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, Learning and Assessment: 400 hours
Independent Study: 800 hours
Year 2: 23% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, Learning and Assessment: 277 hours
Placement: 100 hours
Independent Study: 823 hours
Year 3: 16% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, Learning and Assessment: 189 hours
Independent Study: 1011 hours
Class sizes vary between 10 and 50 students.
Percentage of course assessed by coursework
The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows:
32% written exams
25% written exams
30% written exams
Feedback is supplied via Turnitin or directly from the module tutor. The majority of submissions are made via Turnitin and feedback for coursework is provided four working weeks after the submission date. If for unforeseen reasons this is not possible, the reasons will be communicated to the students within 2 weeks and the feedback prioritised within the department.
Written feedback will be supported verbally should the student require clarification. Formative assessment feedback will be provided at the time of completion where possible, with more detailed summative feedback for reports.
To offer graduates a leading position in the jobs market, students are given the opportunity to enhance their career prospects by taking additional qualifications during their course of study. These could include a range of qualifications such as:
- AMTRA – Animal Health Advisors
- Bach Flower Therapies
- BHS Horse Care and Ridden Stages
- Equine Specific First Aid
- Reiki 1
- Defra Certificate of Competence for Animal Transport
During induction week, the students are given an Induction Timetable, which is located within a course specific brochure.
Students have the option to undertake the first year module Introduction to Working Practices which includes 80 hours of work experience at the Reaseheath Equestrian Centre.
Students are required to complete a second year compulsory module Equine Industry Experience and Knowledge Transfer.
The responsibility of finding a suitable placement lies with the student who is also responsible for any related financial requirements.
This course is subject to validation for 2020/21.
- 96 UCAS points
- A Levels preferably to include Biology (or related subject)
- or BTEC Level 3 qualification (2 years) at Merit in relevant subject
- Access to HE Diploma
- Mature students (aged 21+) will be considered on an individual basis and substantial
- Postgraduate study
- Equine rehabilitation
- Equine nutrition
- Research and development in equine and para-veterinary fields
- Equine research
- Veterinary physiotherapy
Please note: acceptance onto riding units is subject to assessment and weight limit of 13 stone.
As a Higher Education student you will have two main costs to meet; your tuition fees and living costs.
Our full-time tuition fees for UK and EU students, entering University, can be found on the student finance page. These fees are charged for each academic year of a course and are set by the college annually.
If you are an international student or for the latest information on tuition fees visit the student finance page on our website.
For practical sessions at the equestrian centre, learners are expected to purchase their own uniform (yard wear – as specified by the Equestrian Centre in joining instructions).
As identified previously, students are required to undertake a work placement in a location of their own choosing. The responsibility of finding a suitable placement lies with the student who is also responsible for any related financial requirements.
Students also have the option to undertake a secondary qualification. The training fees for the first qualification are paid for by the college and payment of the examination fee is the responsibility of the student. If students wish to undertake more than one secondary qualification, they may do so but will need to pay the training fees in addition to the examination fee.
University Centre Reaseheath is committed to providing additional financial support to those who need it. To find out about the bursary schemes available visit the additional financial support pages on our website.
In response to the developments in Equitation Science and the importance of promoting personal health and well-being the Equestrian Centre is establishing a new scale of weight limit for riding.
Current research has proven that horses should only be carrying 10- 20% of their own bodyweight when being ridden, this includes the clothing and tack used. With the maximum being 20%, as there is a substantial effect on the horses gait and behaviour in response to rider’s weight. When deciding what weight horses should carry other considerations have to include; age of the horse, the horses condition, level & duration of work, saddle fit, rider ability and balance.
We have therefore taken all of these factors into consideration when evaluating what weight is appropriate for the horses at Reaseheath to carry in order to ensure our horses welfare. It is also important that we are promoting personal health and well-being in all our staff and learners – ‘riders are athletes’ and working in the equine industry is demanding, we want to support our students in being prepared for this in every way we can.
The weight limit for the Equestrian Centre has therefore been determined based on:
- Healthy height v weight parameters
- The height of the riders and the size of pony/horse they are most likely to ride
- Max weight capacity for horse bodyweight (+tack)
- Workload of the horses
- Age range of horses
- Rider ability
The weight limits are:
|Height||Weight (st)||Weight (Kg)|
|4’11 – 5’2”||10||64|
|5’3 – 5’6”||11||70|
|5’7” – 5’9”||12||76|
The max weight limit for the centre is 13 stone.
All Higher Education students are given the opportunity to apply for residential accommodation. First year students are guaranteed accommodation and this offer is made to all applicants who live more than a reasonable daily travelling distance from Reaseheath and who apply before 31st July of the year they intend to start their course. For full details on our halls of residence visit the accommodation pages.
We have a team of dedicated professionals on hand to offer you support when and if you need it during your time with us. These include our Student Services team, Higher Education Support Team (HEST), Library and Learning Resources and the Reaseheath Careers Service. You will find more information on the support provided at Reaseheath here.
Before you apply you can come and visit us at one of our HE Open Events to see what we have to offer. Once we have received your application we will invite you to attend an Offer Holder Day.
Applications for full-time Degrees and Foundation Degrees are made through UCAS. Applications for all other full-time courses such as Access to HE and Level 4 Diplomas should be made directly to Reaseheath via the online application form. You can find out more here.
For students to get the best out of their time at University Centre Reaseheath, we must both recognise that we owe obligations to each other. These obligations are set out in our Higher Education Student Contract. Before you accept an offer of a place at University Centre Reaseheath, it is important that you read these contract conditions. If you are going to be living in Halls of Residence, you will also need to read the Student Accommodation Licence Conditions. Both of these contracts can be found here.
University Centre Reaseheath is a great place to study. It’s very student focussed and caring and because it’s a small university you get a lot of individual attention. The lecturers here want you to do well, and because of that the success rates are high. My ‘Reaseheath Experience’ inspired me to carry on in research and to become a bioveterinary scientist.
Jess Irving BSc (Hons) Equine Science
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