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Are you interested in enhancing your career prospects whilst studying Equine Science at Aberystwyth University? If so, then our four year degree in Equine Science with an integrated year in industry will be the course for you! With a long history of teaching equine science and outstanding teaching facilities for this specialist subject area, this degree will allow you to explore horse reproduction including breeding technologies, nutrition, welfare and care for maximum performance and management in relation to exercise physiology and health.
You will be studying in a University that is ranked top 5 in the UK and 1st in Wales for student satisfaction (NSS, 2017). Our students benefit from a fantastic equine centre with an Olympic size indoor arena, all-weather manège, round pen, horse walker and livery facilities including turnout. You will have the opportunities for work experience, foreign exchanges, internships, bursaries and training towards BHS exams.
The syllabus of this course with the integrated year in industry is identical to its sister course BSc Equine Science (D322). Your work experience must be relevant to this degree and the year is assessed which will count towards your degree grade.
Students will have to organise their work experience under the guidance of our Director for Employability. There is no guarantee that the work experience will be paid. (If you cannot obtain a placement, then you must transfer to its sister course BSc Equine Science D322). In the 2016 Highflyers report, 32% of graduate vacancies are taken by those who have previously worked for a company on a placement or/ a internship. Make no mistake, you will develop confidence and gaining experience in the industry will stimulate your enthusiasm for the subject. Completing a year in industry will allow you to: Apply the learning from your course to the work environment; Make industry contacts; Develop practical skills related to your area of study; Apply your practical skills and technical knowledge after returning to study; Enhance your CV and better prepare yourself for a job after graduating.
What are our graduates doing now?
Our graduates are currently in these following fields; Research Science; Equine nutrition; Stud Management; Agriculture business; Education; Scientific journalism. Studying Equine Science will allow you to develop specialist skills which include: the ability to evaluate nutrition, training and welfare needs of horses; undertake physiological assessment and monitoring. This degree is engineered to improve your career prospects by giving you a head start in today's tremendously competitive equine industry.
In the first year you will study the anatomy and physiology of the horse, key principles of genetics and metabolism, the equine industry and the effects of exercise and training upon specific body systems. You may also take part in a study tour, this may consist of different equine-related organisations, racing training stables, studs and racecourses and sales. Other enterprises examined may include veterinary laboratories, veterinary practices or schools, equine sporting events, non-thoroughbred breeding and/or training centres, and auction houses. In your second year you will explore applied horse nutrition, comparative exercise physiology, mammalian reproductive anatomy and physiology. In the third year you will study equine stud management, advanced equine nutrition, digestive disorders, behaviour and welfare.
How to apply
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!
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|Campus name||Main Site (Aberystwyth)|
This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||104 - 112 points||With B in Biology or Human Biology. Candidates taking a science A level with an associated practical skills assessment will also be required to pass the practical component.|
|A level||BCC - BBC||With B in Biology or Human Biology. Candidates taking a science A level with an associated practical skills assessment will also be required to pass the practical component.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDM|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass in Access qualification in a relevant subject with Merit in 50% of units at level 3.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||30 points||With 5 points in Biology or Chemistry at Higher Level.|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||Aberystwyth University welcomes the Welsh Baccalaureate as a valuable qualification in its own right and considers completion of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate to be equivalent to an A level grade.|
Applicants are selected on their individual merits and offers can vary. We allow you flexibility in meeting our entry requirements, and all qualifications that you have already gained, or are working towards, will be considered when reviewing your application. We have an inclusive policy which recognises a broad range of qualifications. The entry requirements listed here represent typical offers for some of the most popular qualifications taken by applicants. We still use the UCAS tariff to determine whether you have met the terms of our offer, so whatever qualifications you are taking, provided these are included in the UCAS tariff and provided you meet the overall points total (and any specific subject requirements) you may still receive an offer. This means that if your course requires 3 A levels at BBB, we will accept other grade combinations that are equivalent to the same number of tariff points. For example A levels ABC and AAD equate to 120 UCAS tariff points). Applicants studying a mixture of qualifications (e.g. A Level with BTEC) are also warmly welcomed. If you cannot find the qualification(s) that you are studying (or have previously studied) please contact our Undergraduate Admissions Office (Telephone: +44 (0)1970 622021; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org) for advice on your eligibility and details of the typical offer you are likely to receive.
Additional entry requirements
A minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in GCSE (or equivalent) English or Welsh is a requirement for entry to all our degree schemes. Level 3 KS/FS Communication may be acceptable in lieu of GCSE English or Welsh. For this degree scheme minimum grade C or grade 4 passes in GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics and in a GCSE (or equivalent) science subject are also required. GCSE Mathematics-Numeracy and level 3 KS/FS Application of Number are acceptable in lieu of GCSE Mathematics.
English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced||B|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||C|
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5||With minimum 5.5 in each component.|
|PTE Academic||55.0||With minimum score of 51 in any component.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||88.0||With minimum scores in components as follows: Listening 21; Writing 21; Reading 22; Speaking 23.|
If you are an international student needing more information about the English Language requirement for your course (e.g. country-specific English Language tests, Partner Institution tests, EU/EEA English Language qualifications where the school curriculum is taught in a native language) please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice.
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9,000||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Aberystwyth University offers a valuable package of scholarships and bursaries to support students. Our long-established Entrance Scholarship competition means you could get up to £2,000 a year towards your living and study costs. You can combine an Entrance Scholarship with any or all of our other awards, to make your financial package more valuable. Our awards include the Academic Excellence Studentship, means-tested Aberystwyth Bursary, Sport and Music Scholarships, Bursaries for Care Leavers/Young Carers and a range of department specific awards. Please visit our website for full details. This does not apply to students studying at our Mauritius campus.
Course contact detailsVisit our course page
Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (undergraduate enquiries)
+44 (0)1970 621986
Fax: +44 (0)1970 622350
Undergraduate Admissions Office (undergraduate enquiries)