A minimum of 64 UCAS points
This course will prepare students for employment in the performance and leisure horse industry in fields of equine training, equine behaviour management and behaviour rehabilitation.
The scientific and behavioural theory underlying training techniques will be evaluated and combined with a development and understanding of factors which affect normal equine behaviour both on the ground and whilst being ridden.
Full-time: 2 years
Students will also develop the necessary skills to assess a horse and implement a training plan to modify its behaviour. An introduction to the ten elements taught by the Society for Equine Behaviour Consultants (SEBC) is embedded within the programme.
There is an option to study this course part-time. 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.
What will I study?
An introduction to the ten elements taught by the Society for Equine Behaviour Consultants (SEBC) is embedded within the programme.
In the first year of study for the FdSc Applied Equine Behaviour and Welfare, students will study core modules which are compulsory to undertake. In the second year of study, students will study both core and option modules to cater to a range of student interests and learning requirements. Some optional modules are core for those intending to top up.
Year 1 embeds core anatomy and behaviour modules which are key in providing a solid foundation for level 5 modules. Students will also work on the development of written and oral communication, IT and numeracy skills.
In Year 2, the focus of study becomes more specific and specialised with core modules in equine health, behaviour modification and handling techniques. Knowledge gained in the first year of study is applied in interactive lectures, workshops and coursework.
Modules (8 per level, all at 15 credits, modules in italics are optional) include:
- Introduction to Equine Anatomy and Physiology
- Introduction to Working Practices
- Development of Working Practices
- Academic Skills Development
- Equine Behaviour and Welfare
- Introduction to Applied Behavioural Theory and Training
- Equine Communication methods
- Theory and Application of Equine Training
- Professional Project
OR (for those intending to Top Up)
- Research Methods
- Application of Working Practices
- Developing the Small Business
- Equine Health
- Applied Equine Nutrition (Core if indenting to top up)
- Behaviour Modification and Equine Handling Techniques
- Control and Perception
- Applied Psychology and Coaching for Equestrian Sport
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
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:
24% written exams
29% 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.
During induction week, the students are given an Induction Timetable, which is located within a course specific brochure.
Students are required to undertake placement hours within three modules. In ‘Introduction to Working Practices’ students are required to undertake 80 hours of work experience at the Reaseheath Equestrian Centre. In ‘Development of Working Practices’ students are required to undertake 50 hours of work experience at the Reaseheath Equestrian Centre.
In ‘Application of Working Practices’ learners are required to undertake 50 hours of work experience at an approved industry placement. In 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.
This course is subject to review for 2019.
- 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 qualifications.
- 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 in either 2017/18 or 2018/19 are £7,860. 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.
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 the 31st July 2018. 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.
I am very grateful for all the help I received from my lecturers at Reaseheath. For someone who considers themselves to be ‘not really academic’, I couldn’t have done it without their encouragement.
Natalie Harrison BSc (Hons) Equine Science
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