Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 2 years Level 5 Full-Time Kirkley Hall Campus University Level Qualification

What’s it all about?

The FdSc Equine Management, Training and Coaching is a level five qualification suitable for those with a strong interest in ethical horse management and training. The programme is aimed at developing a wide range of equestrian skills to maximise employment and entrepreneurship within the equine industry but also develops graduate and transferable skills with the intent to maximise career opportunities for graduates.

The programme places emphasis on practical experience, the acquisition of vital industry skills and underlying theoretical concepts and will support further opportunities to gain British Horse Society (BHS) to further enhance career prospects.

You will need A-Levels or a Level 3 qualification in a related subject equivalent to a minimum of 48 UCAS points. You should also have GCSEs in English and Mathematics at grades A* to C or 9 to 4, or Level 2 equivalent qualifications.

In addition to academic qualifications equine husbandry competence and experience is required.

Applications from mature students with relevant industry experience are also welcome.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ 6165.00 *subject to change Students will be expected to possess standard industry appropriate PPE, as a minimum: Riding hat to current standards (PAS015, ASTM F1163; SNELL E2001/2016; VG1-040), riding boots, gloves, jodhpurs. Schooling whip. Body protector for polework and jumping. Weatherproof equipment and suitable footwear for working around horses. Occasional costs for education visits.

Teaching is primarily face to face and includes theoretical lectures, practical demonstrations, seminars, group and individual tutorials and workshops and occasional elements of online learning.

Assessment will be via a wide range of methods including written assessments and examinations, individual and group presentations, scientific reports, portfolios and reflective reports, practical and practical/oral examinations. Formative assessment opportunities are included within each module ahead of final submissions to support student development.

You should have achieved GCSEs in English and Mathematics at grades A* to C or 9 to 4, or Level 2 equivalent qualifications.

The course includes a requirement of 150 hours of work experience which can be conducted throughout the two years to suit the individual. This may consist of one or several work placements to support career progression.

The course benefits from interaction with a variety of local rural and equestrian enterprise and allied equine sector professionals.

The course runs over two years and requires significant independent study in addition to lecture attendance - usually around 10-15 hours weekly.

This course will aim to provide direct progression opportunities to individuals within the fields of equine management, equestrian training and coaching and has been designed to appeal to students with a variety of previous equestrian experience The course will equip graduates with the knowledge and practise of ethical training and management techniques and the use of technology which will be of benefit to career progression within the equestrian sector, but also the wider animal and education sectors.

A variety of core and specialist modules are studied over the two years. The curriculum has been designed to provide sound underpinning knowledge for all aspects of equine performance and management; including mammalian anatomy, physiology and nutrition, animal health and ethics and welfare.

Basic industry practical skills are developed from the course outset alongside an equine training module which runs throughout both years focussing on behavioural modification based on equine learning theory. These modules offer students the opportunity to conduct either in-hand or ridden training, or a combination of both factors (subject to rider weight limit for equine welfare) for short or long-term goals, based on equine behaviour, cognition, physiology and biomechanics. Coaching modules are included in both years which cater for those new to equestrian coaching but also those with significant prior coaching experience. Here, opportunities to develop knowledge of coaching theory accompany practical coaching sessions, use of emerging technology and reflective practise to maximise your personal development. Academic skills modules run over the two years to develop academic communication, research techniques, use of software packages, project management and evaluative skills. A business skills module run in the second year provides practical experience of event management and commercial enterprise to develop invaluable entrepreneurial thinking.

Introduction to Academic skills
Pre-Industry Skills
Mammalian Anatomy, Physiology and Nutrition
Animal Health Management
Preliminary Equine Training (groundwork and ridden training included)*
Introduction to Equestrian Coaching
Industrial Experience
Research Methods
Ethics and Animal Welfare
Event Management
Intermediate Equine Training (groundwork and ridden training included)*
Equestrian Coaching for Performance

*Please note there is a rider weight limit on equine welfare grounds and this will vary dependent on the horses within the school at any given time.

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