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.
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.
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.
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 two-year part-time 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.
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.