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 therapeutic practical skills as well as sound academic knowledge in order to promote equine health and performance. The programme includes a range of modules designed to offer both technical expertise and practical competence in the management, therapy and rehabilitation of horses. The programme benefits from an onsite therapy centre, effectively preparing student with the knowledge and skills to operate and assess the role of specialist equipment to promote equine health and performance. Vocational experience gained within the Work Based Learning modules within this programme takes place on our busy equine centre, students benefit from working alongside academic and commercial teams to develop skills essential for succeeding in industry, as well as opportunity undertake work placements at external establishments. 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. Within work based learning modules students undertake weekly yard experience with both academic and commercial instructors, developing both industry and transferable skills. Teaching will take place on the Bishop Burton campus. What is the contact time? Approximately 16 hours a week to include lectures, seminars, practicals and tutorials. Students are also expected to carry out a significant amount of private study in addition to contact time (25-30 hours a week). Part-time is also available. Students can expect to receive their timetables during induction week. 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.
  • 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 the horse structure and function, including Equine Anatomy and Physiology and Equine Nutrition. Modules at this level are designed to provide underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for working in practical settings, including Introduction to Equine Therapy and Specialist Equine Practice. Students are prepared for study with modules in Academic and Research skills, as well as getting experience with our commercial enterprises during Applied Vocational Equine Management module. 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. Development of supervisory and management skills are gained through Equine Facility Management with preparation for the optional BSc top-up with a module on Introductory Research Analysis.

  • Second year therapy modules include therapy case studies and experience using a range of specialist equipment in our onsite equine therapy centre.
  • Students undertake 80 hours of external work placements within an appropriate establishment during level 4 of the programme.
* 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 codeDD4J
Institution code B37
Campus nameBishop Burton
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

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.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 80 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) MMP
Access to HE Diploma 80 UCAS points in a relevant Level 3 Access to HE Diploma

*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. * If first language is not English, or a Tier 4 student visa to study is required and GCSE grade C/4 English or equivalent is not held, English language proficiency level such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each skill) will need evidencing. *Students with an appropriate HNC can apply for direct entry to Year 2.

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. For up to date information on tuition fees and financial support please visit https://www.bishopburton.ac.uk/university-centre/finance
Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation at University Centre Bishop Burton - UCAS