The aim of the BSc (Hons) in Equine Science, Management and Training is to provide a progression opportunity for students who have completed a Level 5 qualification in a related discipline. The programme aims to integrate academic and work-based learning and equip students with the skills and knowledge relevant to their chosen career.
The programme is centred on employability and the research, training and professional development modules are all designed to encourage people to refine their practice for their future careers.
This course is regulated by OfS and the qualification is awarded by the University of Derby. It can be completed full time over one year or part time over two years. The course offers both riding and non-riding options.
All students have access to the UDO online platform, the Derby College Learning Resources Centre, the University of Derby library, and the College’s Moodle pages.
You need a Level 5 qualification in a relevant subject. Students who have successfully completed the FdSc Equine Science, Management and Training - run in a partnership beween the University of Derby and Derby College Group - will be guaranteed progression to the top-up programme if they choose it (subject to University of Derby approval of their application).
All applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss their qualifications, experience and riding ability.
International students will need to demonstrate a minimum IELTS score in English in addition to having a successful interview. Please contact the College for more information.
You will need to be aged 18 or over at the beginning of the course.
All applicants are subject to approval from the University of Derby.
While on the programme, you will be assessed using a variety of methods including assignments, practical work, reports, group presentations and poster presentations. All formative and summative assessment methods have been designed to focus on skills specific to the industry while incorporating key transferable skills.
You will need to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) for practical work at a cost of approximately £100. You will also need to contribute towards any industry-relevant trips and visits throughout the course, at a cost of approximately £150. These will be payable at the time of the planned trip or visit.
Optional costs include:
This one-year top up BSc (Hons) Equine Science, Management and Training programme offers a wide range of progression routes. Graduates will be able to demonstrate a variety of key employability skills and significant industry experience. They can also consider a masters qualification or moving into research and development.
You can progress to employment in the equestrian industry in a practical setting, such as owning/running a yard, teaching and coaching, or training and developing horses.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Derby.
Schoolgirl Emily Field had no idea her hobby could turn into a career until she went to a Derby College Open Evening. Hailing from a family which is "not horsey at all ", Emily now has a string of equine qualifications at the age of just 22. Emily was unsure what she wanted to do after her GCSEs. But as a keen rider – although she did not have her own horse at the time – the equine courses stood out.
Enthused by the open evening, she decided to pursue the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management, although she admits she was nervous. She worried that she might be left behind because she was not from a "horsey" background and didn't own her own horse. Instead, she thrived, and found the environment friendly and helpful. Emily described the course as "very practical", which suited her style of learning, with most days spent on the yard.
It also included more scientific areas such as equine feeding, digestion and sickness. Emily completed her Diploma in 2013, with Passes and Merits and also took her industry qualifications BHS levels 1 and 2. Overall, she said she "pretty much learned everything I needed to know" to put into practice as a groom when she left college. Emily has now worked at two horse yards and is enjoying her latest job at a stud yard in Nottinghamshire. She has also gained her BHS levels 3 and 4 as well as a teaching qualification.
The Diploma was just so helpful. When I was leaving school I didn't even know you could get involved with horses as a full-time career and a proper job. It gave me a base to move upwards, I don't think I'd be able to be where I am now without it. I've been at the stud yard since September and it's entirely different to anything I've before, but I really enjoy it. I think my boss is happy with what I'm doing and I'm happy here.