Wrexham University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Wrexham University (Prifysgol Wrecsam)

Equine Science and Welfare Management (with Foundation Year)

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Course summary

The Equine Science and Welfare Management degree is among a very select number in the UK which focuses on the relationship between horse and human, increasingly seen as central to the equestrian industry’s development. The Foundation Year Equine Science and Welfare Management will prepare students for entry onto the undergraduate degree. Based at our rural Northop campus, with access to excellent equestrian facilities, the degree builds on the university’s strong record of teaching in behavioural and equine science. Partnerships with local businesses help provide industry-relevant skills and experience, and guest speakers and educational visits are arranged throughout the course. Free training for British Horse Society examinations are provided alongside the degree, together with £100 per student provided towards an equine vocational examination of choice. • Includes foundation year to prepare you for further years of study. • Provision of core underpinning knowledge, skills and understanding in key areas of contemporary issues. • Provision of subject-related skills and knowledge in key areas required for undergraduate study in specified subject disciplines, including Mathematics, Numeracy and IT as and where appropriate • Free training alongside your degree and £100 towards the cost of British Horse Society qualifications. • Apply new and existing scientific principles to the management and training of horses, whilst embracing equine welfare. • Study at our rural Northop campus in the beautiful North Wales countryside, with access to excellent equestrian facilities, as well as making use of the amenities at the Wrexham campus, on the edge of the largest town in North East Wales • Get ahead in the job market by gaining industry experience from work placements, educational visits and guest speakers. You can also choose to study this course as a three year programme (without a foundation year) BSc (Hons) Equine Science and Welfare Management UCAS code: D422


YEAR 1 (FOUNDATION YEAR) MODULES • Introduction to biosciences • Laboratory and Field Skills in Biology (Biosciences). • Introduction to Experimental Design and Mathematical Analysis (Biosciences) • Introduction to Science • The skills you need • Contextual Studies YEAR 2 (LEVEL 4) MODULES • Biological Concepts: This module aims to develop students’ understanding of the key principles of animal biology, biological pathogens, laboratory skills and anatomical structure and function. The origins and classification of life will be covered together with cell and tissue structure and function. The main organs and systems of the animals’ body will also be introduced. • Stable Management (1): This modules aims to ensure learners work safely and competently with horses. It covers the care and feeding of horses together with selection and fit of tack and equipment. Preparation of horses for travelling and competition will also be included. • Professional Practice: A range of career opportunities and associated challenges with gaining employment within equine sector will be studied in this module. Students will also have the opportunity to develop their skills, knowledge and competencies within a workplace setting of their choice. • Academic and Personal Development: This module aims to familiarise learners with the Higher Education culture, to build on key skills (logical, mathematical and critical) necessary for successful study in Higher Education. • Ethics and Welfare: This module aims to investigate contemporary issues within equine and animal welfare and to introduce students to a range of relevant ethical issues. A variety of contemporary welfare issues will be critiqued during the module. Students will have the opportunity to deliver their own workshops and seminars. • Equine Behaviour and Cognition: Students will investigate the link between environment and behavioural patterns of horses, and link equine cognition to management practices. Equine evolution, behavioural development, domestication and the effects of modern equestrian practices on the horse will be studied. Understanding of learning theories will also form a significant part of the module’s delivery. YEAR 3 (LEVEL 5) MODULES • Anatomy and Physiology. • Learning and Training • Stable Management (2) • Nutrition and Feeding Practice: • Research Methodologies: • Equine Health and Fitness: YEAR 4 (LEVEL 6) MODULES • Equine Reproduction and Young-stock Management: • Applied Research Skills and Professional Development: • Research Project: • Animal Behaviour Modification: • Stress and Animal Welfare: The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment method

Module delivery is achieved through a combination of theoretical lectures, seminar discussions, guest lectures, educational visits, and practical work. Between lectures students are expected to read around their subjects making use of the detailed reading lists published in Module Guides. Each module is assessed in a variety of ways. Assessment includes academic essays, research posters, presentations, seminar discussions and practical assessment. The balance between the different forms of assessment is determined by the different aims and learning outcomes of the modules. TEACHING AND LEARNING Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential. We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

How to apply

This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.






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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

This course is not currently available to those requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Wrexham Glyndwr University takes into account a variety of qualifications and experience when considering applications to our programmes. If you are unsure if the qualifications you currently hold will be accepted for entry, or if you're not sure you'll achieve the required UCAS Tariff points, please contact us at [email protected] for further advice and guidance.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Equine Science and Welfare Management (with Foundation Year) at Wrexham University - UCAS