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Course summary

If you are you interested in pursuing a career in equine science from a behavioural and welfare perspective, then this one-year top-up degree is for you. In your studies you will explore the advances in equine science with a particular focus on equine welfare and behaviour. With guidance from our expert staff, you will develop a critical understanding of factors affecting equine behaviour and examine a wide range of modification techniques and interventions. In doing so, you will also consider the ethical and welfare considerations of behavioural issues and explore, more broadly, the implications of using equines in modern society. Course Features:

  • Physical rehabilitation techniques
  • Behaviour changes and training
  • Biomechanics and gait analysis
  • Data collection using the latest technology
  • Opportunity to work towards current British Horse Society qualifications
  • Field and industry visits
  • Expert industry guest speakers
Career Options:
  • Physical rehabilitation & therapy
  • Equine education
  • Equine welfare field officer
  • Rehabilitation officer/manager
  • Equine science – advocacy & communication
  • Equine Science – policy advisory


Dissertation Advanced Equine Welfare and Ethics Equine Clinical Behaviour Recent Advances in Equine Sciences Advances in Complementary Therapy* Animal Assisted Interventions* *optional modules

Assessment method

Assessments are designed to encourage both academic skills and skills valued in the workplace. They include a combination of coursework and examinations. Coursework may take many forms including: essays, reports, data processing, case studies, consultations, presentations, academic posters, seminar discussions, patient history assessments, critical reviews, portfolios of evidence and practical competency assessments. The examinations vary, depending on the nature of the module, but may take the form of essays, case study assessments and data handling questions. The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework and examination is as follows: Year 1 65% coursework 35% written exams

How to apply

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University Centre Reaseheath
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants are required to gain 120 credits from a Level 5 qualification (HND, Foundation Degree, Diploma of Higher Education) in an equine related discipline.

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Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £13000 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £13000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Student can expect costs to be in the region of £300, to include PPE of an approved riding hat, riding boots, gloves, and a good waterproof coat (without a hood) as well as navy blue jodhpurs and navy-blue polo shirt. Prices of equipment are subject to change dependent on retailer.
Equine Behaviour and Welfare (Top-Up) at University Centre Reaseheath - UCAS