A minimum of 64 UCAS points
This new programme is distinct from our existing equine related provision delivered at University Centre Reaseheath and will develop knowledge and understanding related to the theories of equine learning and how this can be used to develop training methodologies. In addition, emphasis is placed on links between biomechanics, exercise physiology and injury and how an understanding of this relationship influences injury rehabilitation techniques commonly applied to the equine athlete.
University Centre Reaseheath is fortunate in having an extensive range of high-quality practical facilities to underpin this programme proposal. This includes a range of horses, stabling and competition sized arenas, gait analysis equipment and a range of therapeutic facilities for use in the treatment and rehabilitation of equine injuries. This programme represents a unique combination of training and rehabilitation and capitalises on the increasing interest in holistic equine training and management practises.
Students are actively encouraged to participate in additional activities including volunteering and working with the College’s extensive range of industry partners, including the Horse of the Year Show, Bolesworth and Grandstand Media.
The proposed programme is distinct in combining the study of equine behaviour and training with rehabilitation. Growing interest in understanding natural behaviour and how this can be used to inform positive training methodologies provides the basis for this proposal. The extension of this to rehabilitation techniques offers an exciting addition to the growing catalogue of complementary therapies allied to horses.
This exciting, new programme will be delivered at University Centre Reaseheath. The centre has over 45 horses and ponies, 5 instructors, apprentices and over 120 local children and adults using the recreational facility on a weekly bases. Physical resources include: 3 outdoor riding arenas, show jumping field, 2 mobile classrooms.
Upon successful completion of the Foundation Degree, students who wish gain a full honours degree may progress onto the BSc (Hons) Applied Equine Behaviour final year top-up.
University Centre Reaseheath is an academic partner of the University of Chester. Foundation degrees, Honours degrees, and Cert Ed are awarded by the University of Chester.
Full-time: 2 years
What will I study?
In the first year of study for the FdSc Equine Training and Rehabilitation you will study core modules which are compulsory to take. In the second year you will study a combination of compulsory and optional modules.
Modules (6 per level, all at 20 credits, optional modules in italics) include:
- RC4111 Scientific Data Collection & Analysis
- RC4036 Equids in Global Industry
- RC4520 Comparative Functional Anatomy & Physiology
- RC4038 Equine Groundwork
- RC4039 Equine Training Theories
- RC4521 Companion Animal Husbandry, Behaviour and Welfare
- RC5509 Research Methods
- RC5502 Work Based Learning OR RC5508 Experiential Learning
- RC5035 Equine Behaviour Modification and Handling
- RC5002 Equine Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics
- RC5036 Equine Injury and Rehabilitation
- RC5040 Behavioural Physiology and Cognition OR RC5511 Animal Nutrition
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: 32% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, Learning and Assessment: 380 hours
Placement: 130 hours
Independent Study: 690 hours
Year 2: 24% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, Learning and Assessment: 288 hours
Placement: 50 hours
Independent Study: 862 hours
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.
During induction week, the students are given an Induction Timetable, which is located within a course specific brochure.
During the second year students are required to undertake placements as a mandatory part of the course.
The responsibility of finding a suitable placement lies with the student who is also responsible for any related financial requirements.
The programme includes a number of opportunities for students to develop the transferable skills identified in subject benchmarks. Opportunities are provided through the module content, through class-based activities and formative assessment, through the summative assessment programme, as part of the work placement module and through the personal and academic tutorial system.
Student progress is monitored through regular tutorials with academic staff, allowing development targets to be discussed and monitored. In addition to individual tutorial discussions and support, students will also benefit from UCR’s well developed student support framework. As well as a comprehensive process for the assessment and support of additional needs, a weekly study support tutorial programme is also provided. At Level 4 this focuses on the development of sound academic skills and extends to focusing on career planning and preparation at Level 5.
- A minimum of 64 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 work experience will be considered, as well as, or in place of, formal qualification
- Students may progress onto the BSc (Hons) Applied Equine Behaviour Top-Up
- Rehabilitation and therapy centre management
- Performance and competition horse management
- Equine behavioural therapy
- Equine welfare
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.
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