University Centre Bishop Burton

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Royal Agricultural University

Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation

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Course summary

TEF Bronze

University Centre Bishop Burton has opted into the TEF and received a Bronze award.

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This programme will prepare graduates with excellent therapeutic practical skills and rehabilitation strategies to implement based on in depth assessment and apply academic knowledge to provide sound justification of ideas. The programme benefits from state of the art therapy and rehabilitation facilities to ensure graduates are fully equipped with knowledge and practical skills to operate and assess the role of specialist equipment to promote equine health and performance. Upon entering the industry graduates will have in depth appreciation and understanding of scientific principles, technical expertise and practical competence in the management, therapy and rehabilitation of horses within legislative and ethical considerations. Learning and Teaching Approach This programme is delivered with a variety of learning and teaching approaches to include all students learning styles and preferences. For all modules, theory lectures are delivered that aim to deliver the core content and provide the underpinning knowledge. To complement the theory lectures, students have group seminars/practical sessions that are used to reinforce concepts delivered theoretically, utilising excellent laboratory facilities and equine centre. The teaching methods focus on facilitating a student centred approach to enhance the independent learning that takes place outside of the classroom. Teaching will take place on the Bishop Burton campus.   What is the contact time? Approximately 13 hours a week to include lectures, seminars, practicals and tutorials in the first two years of the programme. Students are also expected to carry out a significant amount of private study in addition to contact time (25-30 hours a week). Independent study includes reading around the subject, preparing for tutorials and seminars, preparing for, and completing, module assessments and revision for examinations; forming an essential part of a student’s learning journey. Students can expect to receive their timetables during induction week. Wednesday afternoons are reserved for sport and other extra-curricular activities. What else can I expect?

  • Excellent equine facilities including Bishop Burton Arena, Therapy Centre with Water Treadmill, CET Equine Spa, Solarium and Zamar, Rider Fitness & Performance suite, 2 indoor arenas, 3 outdoor arenas, stabling for over 100 horses.
  • Commercial equine centre hosts extensive range of competitions, demonstrations and clinics, and is a BHS training and examination centre.
  • Additional facilities include Science Centre, IT suites, dedicated University Centre, study spaces and social areas, and modern Learning Resources Centre.
  • Use of specialist equipment including Quintic Gait Analysis software, FLIR Thermal Imaging cameras, Polar Heart Monitors, Televet ECG, Synchronicity Rein Tension Gauges, Noldus Observe XP software and extensive laboratory based equipment.
  • Student project laboratory dedicated to science research and investigations.
  • Online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) used to enhance and facilitate teaching and independent learning on all programmes.
  • Experienced, supportive and motivated staff with both academic and industrial experience.
  • Guest lectures and demonstrations from a range of visiting speakers and offsite trips.
  • Students have access to a range of support through our study skills, and health and wellbeing teams. Further information can be found on our website: https://www.bishopburton.ac.uk/student-life/student-support
  • Relevant extra-curricular activity and/or work experience is encouraged of all students in order to enhance learning.
  • Students can elect to undertake an additional equine practitioner qualification alongside the second year of their programme, awarded by the Equine Massage Academy.

Course details

Modules

Year 1: Modules introduce the student to Equine Anatomy and Physiology and Equine Nutrition, and include modules designed to provide underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills in Introduction to Equine Therapy, Applied Equine Anatomy and Specialist Equine Practice. Students are prepared for study with modules in Academic and Research skills. Year 2: Subjects develop on the first year incorporating valuable topics such as Equine Exercise Physiology, Equine Disease and Equine Behaviour and Welfare. Students complete specialised modules to support working in the therapy industry including Groundwork and Therapy and Training for Performance and Rehabilitation. Valuable transferable skills are gained in Entrepreneurship and Equine Resource Technology and Research Methods and Analysis. Year 3: Students undertake an independent research module to produce a Dissertation in their final year of study on a topic of their choice. The module, Complementary and Alternative Therapies and Rehabilitation incorporates real-life case studies to develop confidence in exercise prescription and evaluation of long-term cases. Students undertake a range of modules including Equine Sport Injury and Diagnostics, Advanced Equine Nutrition and Applied Equine Biomechanics to support entering therapy roles or broader employment.

  • Students benefit from conducting a long term equine case study during the final year of the programme, offering excellent applied skills in the assessment, implementation and evaluation of rehabilitation strategies.
*This programme is subject to revalidation in 2020/21. Any changes will be to ensure alignment with current industry practice, and these will be communicated to applicants.

Assessment method

Assessment includes written assignments, practical demonstrations, portfolios, scientific reports, group or individual presentations and examinations. Opportunities for feedback on assessments are available prior to the final submission to support student development and achievement. Staff aim to return assessed work within a 15 working day timeframe (not including holidays) in order that students can most benefit from the feedback.


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeDD43
Institution code B37
Campus nameBishop Burton
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Students with an appropriate HNC can apply for direct entry to Year 2. Students with an appropriate Level 5 qualification can apply for direct entry to Year 3.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 104 points which may be from qualifications such as A-Levels, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas, Access to HE Diplomas, and City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diplomas amongst others. Please use the UCAS Tariff points calculator to determine the UCAS points value of your qualification: https://ucascomsb1.ucasenvironments.com/ucas/tariff-calculator.
A level E - A*
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM

Applicants need an appropriate academic reference. Life and/or experience of non-traditional students will be taken into account when considering applications. The successful completion of an entry task may be required when considering applications without the required formal entry qualifications.

Additional entry requirements

Other

Applicants need GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or above, or an equivalent qualification


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students will need to buy a white college laboratory coat for laboratory practicals available via the college online shop. Practical yard equipment required includes; riding hat (PAS015), gloves, boots, dark trousers/ jodhpurs, dark waterproof coat. Students will need to purchase stationery, text books and any additional qualifications such as BHS stages. Trips and short courses may also be offered at extra cost. On successful completion of the programme, students have the opportunity to graduate at a ceremony wearing formal dress. The hire of the formal dress is an additional cost.
Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation at University Centre Bishop Burton - UCAS