Equine Science BSc (Hons)

Course code: EHWB103P

Subject area: Equine Studies

Study level: Undergraduate

Course level: H

Course details

9:00am - 8:00pm

Various

14th Sep 2020 - 26th May 2023

Witney Campus

Contact details

enquiries@abingdon-witney.ac.uk

01993 703464

This three-year science degree gives you a thorough scientific understanding of the subject area, knowledge of the equine industry, and the scope to develop business and management skills. The majority of teaching on this course is carried out at Oxford Brookes, with a small number of modules based at Abingdon & Witney College's commercially run thoroughbred stud at Common Leys, Witney, where you can apply your classroom learning. You also attend one module at Witney College campus.

You will go on trips to research centres, studs, racecourses and sales, enabling you to see how the industry works and preparing you for future employment. Respected industry figures also deliver guest lectures. The combination of modules from across equine, life sciences and business subject areas allows students to graduate with a combination of scientific literacy and management skills.

The course provides a flexible approach that will enable students to apply theoretical knowledge to their work within the Equine industry. Students will typically attend approximately 12 hours of lectures a week and are required to spend additional time independently on self-directed study.

You will experience lectures, laboratory-based activities, seminars, peer and self-assessment, online resources and tutorial support. Trips and guest speakers from the industry help strengthen links to the workplace and development of skills for employment.

Staff involved with the delivery, teaching and assessment of the course have a range of industry experience and academic skills and a keen involvement within research.

This course is validated by Oxford Brookes University. Applications are made via UCAS - code D322.

All modules are core in the first year:

Business for the Equine Industry
Equine Anatomy and Physiology (double)
Equine Breeding and Stud Practice
Practical Horse Husbandry
Skills for Life Scientists (double)
The Equine Industry

In years 2 and 3 you can select individual modules to build a personalised programme:

Dissertation or Final Project (double)
Equestrian Event and Racecourse Management
Equestrian Land Management
Equine Behaviour
Equine Endocrine and Reproduction Physiology (double)
Equine Ethics and Welfare
Equine Genetics
Equine Injury and Rehabilitation (double)
Equine Nutrition
Equine Performance Science
Independent Study in Life Sciences
International Stud Management
Preventative Medicine and Veterinary Techniques (double)
Research Methods
Training and Developing the Athletic Horse
There is a range of employment opportunities for our graduates, and specialisation in your final year can help to determine your professional area.

Graduates of this Equine Science degree are equipped with an up-to-date understanding of scientific principles and management theories as well as the skills to implement them, whether progressing into employment within the equine industry or elsewhere.

Recent graduates have gained positions in research, biomechanics consultancies, event management and further education colleges as lecturers. Others have secured roles in owner services at Weatherbys, gained entry into veterinary colleges or continued in higher education with a Veterinary Physiotherapy MSc, for example, or other postgraduate options, such as PhDs or MBAs.
GCSE Mathematics, English Language and Double Integrated Science (or equivalent) at grade 4/C or above.

Typical offers are A Level grades BBC or equivalent to 112 UCAS tariff points (new tariff). Equivalent grades in other recognised qualifications (such as BTEC Nationals, City & Guilds, Advanced Technical Extended Diploma, or Scottish qualifications).

Practical equine experience is desirable but not a pre-requisite for entry. Mature students with relevant experience are welcomed as a positive addition to the course. Higher National Diploma and Foundation Degree routes into the course are also available.

If you do not have a science A Level, we encourage you to consider one of our foundation degrees.

English Language Requirements (For students whose first language is not English): IELTS 6.0 (with 6.0 in reading and writing, 5.5 in listening and speaking).

We include students with disabilities and/or learning difficulties into the life of the College and seek to offer opportunities for success in all courses at all levels. If you have any particular requirements, please contact our Learner Support Adviser on 01235 216440.
Home/EU £9,250 per year. International students £14,230 per year.

All fees are payable to Oxford Brookes University at enrolment. For further information, see also the Oxford Brookes University website: www.brookes.ac.uk

Students are required to have their own personal protective equipment for handling horses, and if this is not already owned then it will need to be acquired; riding hat, gloves, riding boots, yard boots. Students are required to purchase these independently and these items can be found in most country stores or equestrian tack shops.

All learning resources are available in the University library and online, but students may wish to purchase their own specific textbooks. Prices range from £25-250.

Students will need to budget for transport costs between sites. Typically, the bus fare between Oxford and Witney is £6.40 return. There is a free shuttle bus between the Witney and Common Leys college campuses, and additionally there is free parking on site at Common Leys. Typically, in Year 1 students travel to Common Leys once a week.

You can also find information on our fees and on Student Finance at www.abingdon-witney.ac.uk/support/fees-bursaries. Please note tuition fees may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by the University and all college partners.

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