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

Why choose this course? The relationship between horse and human is increasingly seen as central to the equestrian industry’s development – and this degree is one of a very select number in the UK that focuses on this. Based at our rural Northop Campus with practical content primarily delivered at Clwydian Stud, Overton-on-Dee, the degree builds on the university’s strong record of teaching in behavioural and equine science. Students will:

  • *study in a subject area rated 1st in the UK for student satisfaction in the Agriculture & Forestry subject league tables, Complete University Guide 2022
  • be prepared for further study with a foundation year shared with other animal science students
  • benefit from partnerships with local businesses to help you develop industry-relevant skills and experience
  • enjoy guest speakers and educational visits throughout the course
  • get free training for British Horse Society examinations alongside the degree, together with £100 towards an equine vocational examination of choice
You can also choose to study this course without a foundation year BSc (Hons) Equine Science and Welfare Management UCAS code: D422 Key course features:
  • 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 practical learning at Clwydian Stud, Overton, both providing access to excellent equestrian facilities, as well as making use of the amenities at the Wrexham campus
  • Get ahead in the job market by gaining industry experience from work placements, educational visits and guest speakers
  • *This subject area has been rated 1st in the UK for student satisfaction in the Agriculture & Forestry subject league tables, Complete University Guide 2022


What you will study YEAR 1 (FOUNDATION YEAR) Students on the Foundation Year of the Equine Science and Welfare Management degree will follow Bioscience modules designed to provide broad-based underpinning knowledge, experience and understanding of scientific methods and laboratory processes to support degree-level study. The Foundation year is taught at our Wrexham campus, with Level 4 (year 2) studies moving to our Northop campus. 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) During level 4 students will combine theory and practice. They will investigate equine behaviour and how horses learn. They will question the ethics of our industry and gain the practical skills necessary for their future career. Students will complete a work placement, and even at the start of their academic journey will be asked to focus on their career path. MODULES Biological Concepts Stable Management (1) Professional Practice Academic and Personal Development Ethics and Welfare Equine Behaviour and Cognition YEAR 3 (LEVEL 5) Level 5 provides students with the opportunity to build on earlier topics and to put learning into practice. The effects of management and training on the horse are investigated by studying anatomy, physiology and fitness. The equine diet is explored and equine learning is investigated. Academic skills are developed this year by starting the research process. MODULES Anatomy and Physiology Learning and Training Stable Management (2) Nutrition and Feeding Practice Research Methodologies Equine Health and Fitness YEAR 3 (LEVEL 6) The final year provides students with the opportunity to complete their own unique piece of research, enabling them to focus on a topic of choice. Equine reproduction and young stock management are concentrated on, together with methods of behaviour modification. Career development is also a central theme, and students are expected to complete additional professional development activities alongside their degree to enhance their chances of employment. 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

Teaching & Assessment 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. In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion Services can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.

How 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.

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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

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Equine Science and Welfare Management (with Foundation Year) at Wrexham University - UCAS