This two-year course is specifically designed to combine the development of your academic knowledge and understanding with relevant vocational skills and competencies.
Through active participation in the course, you will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of current equine scientific knowledge and its application to the practical environment. You will also develop an awareness of event management and marketing techniques, including social media strategies, in order to promote entrepreneurship and business growth.
This modular programme will be delivered through engaging lectures and practical studies in our laboratories and on-site equestrian centre and through work-based learning, equivalent to one day per week on placement. This will be enhanced through field trips (mandatory and voluntary) to enable you to apply theory to practice.
Your learning will be supported by our highly qualified teaching team who have a wealth of academic and professional experience in many specialist areas. Guest speakers will also ensure that you receive the most up-to-date professional experience and knowledge.
Delivered at the Derby College Group Broomfield Hall Campus, the programme includes 15 hours of taught material each week, with a minimum of 15 hours of expected self-study per week. The course offers both riding and non-riding options.
Upon completion, you will achieve a Foundation Degree from the University of Derby.
This course is regulated by the OfS and the qualification is awarded by the University of Derby.
All students benefit from access to the UDO online platform, the Derby College Group Learning Resources Centre, the University of Derby library, and the College’s Moodle pages.
The programme will run with a minimum of six students. In 2020-21 we enrolled 14 students on this programme.
All applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss their qualifications, experience and any other related issues.
You will have a riding assessment prior to commencement of the programme if you choose the riding option. It is desirable that you are riding towards BHS Stage 1 or equivalent and working towards BHS Stage 2 or equivalent.
You should have one of the following:
All applicants should also meet minimum riding requirements:
Relevant and comprehensive industry experience will also be considered.
All applicants should also have at least four GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A*C) to include English, Maths and Science or should be willing to work towards these.
BHS qualifications would be advantageous but not essential.
We also welcome suitably experienced applicants who may lack institutional qualifications. All such applicants will be interviewed and may be set an appropriate piece of work upon which a judgement will be made, taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience.
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.
You will be assessed using a variety of methods including: assignments, practical work, reports, group presentations and poster presentations.
All 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 both years of the course at approximately £150. These will be payable at the time of the planned trip or visit.
Optional costs include:
- BHS Gold Membership - £79/year
- BHS Stage 1 – (including Ride Safe)
- BHS Stage 2 – (including Stage 2 Teach)
- BHS Stage 3 – (including Stage 3 Teach)
Upon successful completion of this two-year programme, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to pursue a new career or advance an existing one in a wide variety of equestrian businesses, including self-employment.
The programme will provide excellent practical skills, enabling you to develop necessary industrial experience in a range of contexts.
The Foundation Degree also provides an ideal platform to top-up to a Level 6 (degree) programme specialising in a wide variety of subjects such as Equine Exercise and Physiology, and Training and Developing Horses.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Derby.
Research by a talented Derby College Higher Education student could influence the way equine assisted learning is used to benefit adolescents with complex educational needs.
Part of Gabrielle Madders’ dissertation found that usually non-verbal individuals began to communicate with their peers through their interactions with horses.
The study was so academically valuable that it has appeared in the highly respected Advanced Journal of Undergraduate Research.
Gabrielle, 24, came to DCG to study for her Equine Science Management and Training degree top up year, with a view to becoming a lecturer. She examined whether young people aged 16-23, with a range of conditions on the autistic spectrum, engaged better following interactive sessions, which saw horses being used as a learning intervention tool.
While Gabrielle found no significant overall improvement, she did find that specific activities such as leading exercises and physical contact with the horses did have a positive impact. It's hoped that these findings will pave the way for future research on the topic.
Lecturer Ruth Orrell-Stokes, a former DCG student herself, recognised the value of the study and supported Gabrielle in getting it published.
Gabrielle, who grew up on a farm and has always, loved horses, said: “Achieving a first is something I am extremely proud of. I never thought at the start of the year that this academic success was possible, but through my time at Derby College I really learnt to have confidence in my ability, which I believe has allowed me to excel. I will be forever grateful for all the time they gave me, which has allowed me to take my next steps towards my career with confidence and drive”.
Currently enjoying her job as a welfare helpline co-ordinator with the British Horse Society, Gabrielle intends to take a Masters next year and still plans to become a lecturer at some stage.
My lecturers were always supportive and they really pushed me to be the best that I could be.