A minimum of 64 UCAS points
This course integrates equine science and business management modules with the development of practical skills, delivered within the commercial setting of Burrows Lane Equestrian Centre, Merseyside with periodic delivery at University Centre Reaseheath. Successful graduates may progress into employment within the equine industry or further academic study on a BSc top-up route.
This programme is distinctive in its design as it offers an insight into a broad range of equine management disciplines, rather than focusing on one specialist area. The programme design makes it ideal for Level 3 learners, or experienced individuals, looking to enhance their knowledge and understanding of a range of roles and opportunities that exist within the equine industry progressing into employment.
Full-time: 2 years
What will I study?
At level 5, students undertake a Work Experience unit. Students will be given the opportunity to identify and plan their own skills development in line with a chosen career path or direction. It will be expected that students negotiate and agree work experience in an appropriate work context, approved by the employer and academic supervisor. They will monitor and record evidence from the tasks and activities that they undertake, to allow them to evaluate the process and any shortcomings in their development going forward. Similarly, the programme also supports the students in gaining work based/placement learning on a paid or voluntary basis.
All modules are studied as part of the programme with 240 credits required for the HND.
- 1 Animal Health and Welfare
- 2 Business and the Business Environment
- 3 Managing a Successful Project
- 6 Animal Anatomy and Physiology
- 12 Horse Husbandry
- 13 Management of Equine Facilities
- 19 Horse Human Relationship
- 20 Equestrian Performance
- 23 Biological Principles
- 24 Research Project
- 31 Equine Health and Disease
- 32 Therapy and Rehabilitation
- 38 Horse Event Management
- 39 Advanced Equine Performance
- 41 Work Experience
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
All learning is in a small group of 20 students or less.
Please note – this information is subject to change.
All units must be achieved for progression onto the next level of study.
Formative and Summative Assessment
Students are able to receive feedback on draft work, and detailed feedback on their first assignment submission where they can also view the similarity mapping on Turnitin but this is then switched off for subsequent submissions.
There is a varied assessment diet on the programme which includes the following:
- Written scientific reports
- Case-study reports
- Self-running PowerPoints
- Practical assessments including the use of gait analysis
- Self-evaluation exercises
- Phase tests
- Live debate
Academic regulations summary which includes plagiarism is outlined below:
Important information for students:
Students are expected to keep within the specified word limit and include a word count (as a header or a footer).
Should the assignment exceed this limit, it is liable to incur a penalty.
Late submission of an assessment will result in a grade of ‘None Submission’ (N/S) being recorded.
Where a student has submitted work after the summative deadline, the tutor will decline to grade the work in question.
If there are specific reasons why the work is submitted late then students are able to apply for mitigating circumstances to waive the late penalty. This is subject to approval and requires evidence to support your application.
- If you find that you are unable to complete the work by the specified time, please contact the module leader as early as possible prior to the submission date to discuss your options.
- Failure to submit an assessment by the published summative deadline will result in a grade of ‘None Submission’ (N/S) being recorded.
- Extensions for individual items for coursework may be requested before the submission date on the grounds that illness or an accident or a personal crisis or factors outside the student’s control have adversely affected or will adversely affect the time available for completion of the assignment. See the Assessment Regulations Handbook on the UCR Student Hub for further details.
- University Centre Reaseheath values its students’ contribution to the necessary quality of its academic standards and awards by adhering to the principles of academic integrity and fair play in assessment. These standards are upheld when students, completing work for assessment, act honestly and take responsibility for the fair presentation of the contents of any work they produce for assessment.
- This means that students will do nothing that has the potential for them to gain an unfair advantage in assessment.
Timetable involves delivery predominantly at Burrows Lane Equestrian Centre but with visits to University Centre Reaseheath to support delivery of some modules. These visits have currently been scheduled for Fridays next year (2020/21) but not yet been confirmed.
Attendance is 4 days a week which includes a study period where students can access IT facilities on-site for assignment completion.
- A minimum of 64 UCAS points
- 2 A Levels (grace C or above) in a relevant subject or
- Level 3 diploma (Merit Pass Pass or above) or BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject
- Successful completion of an Access to HE Diploma, or
- Mature students (aged 21+) will be considered on an individual basis
Students may progress onto:
Or other postgraduate study.
- 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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