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Level: 6

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Weeks: 31

Hours: 15.00

Start: 09/09/2019

Days / Times: Various 09:15 to 16:30

Tuition (£): 6000.00*

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The aim of the BSc (Hons) in Equine Studies is to provide a progression opportunity for students who have completed a Level 5 qualification in a related subject. 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 HEFCE and awarded by the University of Derby.

All students get access to the UDO online platform, the Derby College Learning Resources Centre, the University of Derby library, and the College’s Moodle pages. 

Entry requirements

A Level 5 qualification in a relevant subject.  Students who have successfully completed the University of Derby and Derby College’s FdSc in Equine Studies will be guaranteed progression onto the top-up programme if they choose it (subject to University of Derby approval of the application).

All applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss their qualifications, experience and any other related issues.

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.

Course Content

Equine Exercise Physiology (20 credits)

This unit teaches the effects of exercise and training upon the following physiological systems of the horse – metabolic, cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal, nervous, hormonal and thermoregulatory.  The concept of fatigue will also be considered.

Professional Planning (20 credits)

This module builds on work that students’ will have done throughout the Foundation Degree - or equivalent - as part of their professional formation.  Students will explore contemporary issues affecting the commercial development of the equine industry and start to develop their future plans for work.  Students will meet a range of practitioners in the field and reflect on their future professional activities.

Training and Developing Horses (40 credits)

This module builds on established skills developed by the student through experience both in the equestrian industry and while training.  Students will be able to use skills they have developed to train and develop a particular horse over the course of a year.  As well as flatwork and jumping, it will be expected that ground schooling - including lunging, long reining and loose schooling - is to be used.  The student will also be expected to adopt a holistic approach to improve their horse’s mental and physical performance by using therapies, massage and stretching.

Research Project (40 credits)

Independent enquiry and critical analysis are essential skills that all employees expect to see in new graduates. Through undertaking a sustained research investigation of direct relevance to their higher education programme and professional development, students will have ample opportunity to refine these skills.

Students will conduct an in-depth investigation into a specific aspect of their programme of study. This research may be developed from elements of the programme, linked to the student’s individual interests or to areas where they may wish to seek future employment.

How will I be assessed?

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.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

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 both years of the course. These will be payable at the time of the planned trip or visit.

Optional costs include:

  • British Horse Society membership in preparation for industry qualifications, which will be offered alongside the Foundation Degree. Cost of membership is approx. £67 (June 2017)
  • British Horse Society exams: Stage 1 - £175, Stage 2 - £215, Stage 3 - £265, PTT - £265, Ride Safe - £95 (prices at June 2017)

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

This one-year top up BSc (Hons) Equine Studies 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.

You can also consider employment in the equestrian industry linked to a range of other sectors, including sales and marketing, product development, and business management roles.
There is also the opportunity to build on your entrepreneurship skills and go into self-employment.

This qualification is awarded by the University of Derby.


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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

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Lauren Morley

Lauren Morley

Derby College jumpstarts Lauren’s equine career

A former Derby College student is now supervisor at the horse yard where she first honed her equine management skills. Lauren Morley, 26, attended Broomfield College as a teenager and now also lecturers a new generation of students. Lauren now hopes to use her skills in the future to set up her own show jumping yard. Her career is underpinned by her two year BTEC National Diploma in Horse Management (level 3).

"The course gave me a good understanding of yard management and equine health and there was always support available if you needed it. It was also very practical, which I liked."

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