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Course summary

Is working at the forefront of equine training, rehabilitation, and welfare the next step on your equine journey? If so, then this programme is for you. This course will provide you with unique skills to combine an understanding of equine behaviour, training, and rehabilitation reflective of current needs within the equine industry. With guidance from our expert staff, you will develop an understanding of equine behaviour, and learning theory and how this is used to apply training techniques more effectively. Emphasis is placed upon establishing the links between key areas of equine rehabilitation including behaviour modification, biomechanics, injury, and exercise physiology. Course Features

  • Use of our commercial equestrian centre including indoor and outdoor arenas, 60 stable accommodation and 8 stall Claydon horse walker
  • Explore physical rehabilitation techniques
  • Assess changes in horse behaviour and training needs
  • Biomechanics and gait analysis
  • Data collection using the latest technology
  • Opportunity to work towards British Horse Society (BHS) qualifications*
  • Opportunity to be involved in riding clinics and affiliated and unaffiliated equestrian events*
  • External speakers and industry visits
*will incur additional costs Career Options
  • Physical rehabilitation & therapy
  • Equine education
  • Equine welfare field officer
  • Rehabilitation officer/manager
  • Advocacy & communication
  • Policy advisory


Level 4 • Equine Sports Horse Industry and Management • Equine Groundwork • Equine Training Theories • Scientific Data Collection & Analysis • Introduction to Behaviour in Animals • Equine Anatomy & Physiology Level 5 • Research Methods • Equine Behaviour Modification and Handling • Equine Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics • Equine Injury and Rehabilitation Options • Behavioural Physiology and Cognition* • Equine Nutrition & Health* • Animal Nutrition* • Work Based Learning** • Experiential Learning** *choose one ** choose one

Assessment method

Assessments are designed to encourage both academic skills and skills valued in the workplace. They include a combination of coursework and timed online assessments. Coursework may take many forms including: essays, reports, data processing, presentations, academic posters, seminar discussions, interviews, critical reviews, portfolios of evidence and practical competency assessments. The timed online assessments vary, depending on the nature of the module and level of study, but may take the form of multiple-choice papers, essays, practical assessments, data handling questions, and short answer quizzes. The balance of assessment by timed online assessment and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows: Year 1 50% coursework 30% timed online assessment 20% practical Year 2 85% coursework 15% timed online assessment

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Interviews may be used to help make decisions on borderline applications and those where the Programme Leader needs to gain further information. Mature students (aged 21+) will be considered on an individual basis on their prior knowledge and experience. This may be assessed by interview, completion of coursework/essay or other methods. There may be a requirement for a formal qualification to be completed first e.g. Access to HE course. To safeguard the wellbeing of our horses, comply with health and safety requirements, ensure high levels of animal welfare and ensure a high-quality student experience we have to make an assessment of who can ride our horses safely, and this is based on a number of factors. These factors can impact on our decisions regarding which students are able to ride as part of their course. Current research from the Saddle Research Trust and Animal Health Trust with leading equine professionals, scientists and researchers has advised that horses should only be carrying 10- 20% of their own optimum bodyweight when being ridden, this includes the clothing and tack used. If carrying over 20%, there is a substantial effect on the horse’s gait, behaviour, soundness and welfare in response to rider weight. The pool of horses that we have access to at the College does fluctuate each year, but we try to ensure that their general size, age and health are reasonably constant within an agreed tolerance, to appeal to and accommodate as many students as possible. However, this does mean that for some students who are at either end of the optimum height and weight for our horses, we may not be able to allow them to ride safely as part of their course. General guidelines for height/ weight ratios can be found below, however, this is used as a guide and are only one part of a holistic assessment of the individual for riding. An experienced and qualified member of staff will assign horses to students for riding and rider height and weight will be considered to ensure both horse welfare and the health and safety of the individual. Rider weight guidelines: Height Weight (st) Weight (Kg) Upto 4’10” 9 57 4’11 – 5’2” 10 64 5’3 – 5’6” 11 70 5’7” – 5’9” 12 76 5’10” - 6’1” 13 82.5 6’2” - 6’4” 14 89 6’5” upwards 15 95.2 Whilst rider height, weight and fitness are factors in our riding assessment, it is important that students do not view this as any prompt to eat or diet unhealthily. The main factors we have to consider when assessing suitability of riders in the Equestrian Centre are: • Weight a horse can carry safely • Rider weight and height • Rider ability and balance • Level and duration of work • Range and frequency of use • Availability of horses Our rider assessment involves an initial questionnaire to be completed by the student, which will evaluate rider experience. Following successful acceptance of the initial paper assessment, students will need to attend a holistic Ride Standard Setting Session to assess student riding ability on the mechanical horse. If riding skills are suitable, students will then progress to an assessment on a live horse, with extensive feedback provided by one of our BHS coaches.

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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

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