The aim of the BSc (Hons) 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 to 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 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 six students on this programme.
You need a Level 5 qualification in a relevant subject.
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 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 2 or equivalent.
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 have a riding assessment prior to commencement of the programme if you choose the riding option. It is desirable you are riding to stage 3 equivalent or elementary level and jumping up to and/or exceeding 90cm.
All applicants should also meet minimum riding requirements:
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:
- 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)
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.
Former hotel manager Jo Wilkinson joined the hospitality sector after school and worked her way up to manager level. But by the age of 20, she realised that she hated the job, so she decided to look for something new. Since childhood, Jo had enjoyed working with, and being around horses.
An internet search found Derby College's Level 3 National Diploma in Horse Management. Still unsure of her future, Jo decided to enrol. Now, seven years after leaving the hotel, and a string of qualifications later, she is enjoying life as a lecturer...teaching a new generation of students at Broomfield Hall.
She was so impressed College staff with her studies and commitment that she has now found a new niche working with students. Jo was the first Distinction* student on the course. She began working at Broomfield as a weekend "yardie," did further work in the week and then became a supervisor. She said the Diploma exceeded her expectations, with the college also providing her with BHS industry qualifications.
She was encouraged to gain further BHS qualifications, including her Level 3 in Teaching and Education, which enables her to work in the classroom. Now Jo particularly enjoys practical work with her students with the horses in the yard, as well as researching new areas for the classroom. The small team means that "everybody knows everybody" and students get all the support they need.
You're not just a number here. And seeing the place develop from when I was a student to how it was now – over seven years –we've got so many more facilities.
It's a nice environment. Students are pushed to achieve more than a minimum qualification. They get proper training and all the staff are highly qualified.