This Foundation Degree is designed to give students a good grounding in Equine knowledge and practical skills, in addition to developing the academic skills expected at this level of study. Students are also required to undertake modules with a specific science focus in order to give them a rounded programme of study and ensure they reach the level of academia and scientific understanding often required in graduate job roles. Students will learn how to analyse and evaluate, and will use scientific literature to reinforce their findings. The College has a multitude of industry links which we have developed over the past twenty years, enabling us to integrate work based learning with Higher Education. This course is therefore suitable both for students planning to work with horses and for students looking for a rounded education in an interesting and challenging subject area, with the added advantage of additional vocational qualifications. The course also offers a route to join the Top-Up year already validated and run by BMC, the BSc (Hons) Equine Performance Science (Top-Up), or progression to other Universities offering the BSc Top-Up in a various range of specialisms.
The Equine department and Higher Education facilities at BMC have recently undergone a considerable expansion, facilitating vast improvements. We now have an Equine Rehabilitation Centre containing a solarium, aqua treadmill and practical areas; two indoor arenas (60m x 30m; 20m x 40m); an extensive outdoor competition arena (80m x 40m) and warm up area (20m x 40m); mechanical horse; new bespoke science laboratories including a state-of-the-art dissection laboratory. There is stabling for up to 36 horses, many of which BMC own and can be used by students for weekend competitions. We have good links across departments, allowing students from Sport and Animal Management courses to share resources and see other aspects of the industry. This also allows Equine students to benefit from use of the Sports Science laboratory.
- Year 1: 72 UCAS points. Vocational Relevant Level 3 or 3 A levels (1 x Science preferred)
- Year 2: 120 Credits at Level 4 in relevant subject + bridging assignment (may be required)
Year 1 Modules
- Practical Skills for the Equine Industry
- Small Business Management
- Equine Anatomy and Physiology
- Equine Psychology, Behaviour and Ethics
- Equitation Theory and Training
- Industry Experience
- Equestrian Sports and Competition Analysis
Year 2 Modules
- Practical Management of the Performance Horse
- Small Business Enterprise
- Equine Teaching and Coaching
- Equine Event Management and Marketing
- Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation
- Equine Exercise Physiology and Training the Sports Horse
- Research Methods
The modules will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, presentations, exams, practical assessments, and professional discussions.
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Students can progress onto our BSc (Hons) Equine Performance Science (Top-Up) year, or go on to study the Top-Up year at other institutions. There is also opportunity to progress onto the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education, apprenticeships or into employment.
Employability and Progression
As part of your course you will have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of previous students who took part in the following activities: charity events, various trips and visits (previously we have visited Dubai, the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, Blenheim and Burghley Horse Trials, Olympia, and Ireland, to name a few), in-house competitions at our commercial Brooksby Equestrian Centre, student voice, access to the gym, BHS training and exams. Students have also benefitted from guest talks from industry specialists and successful BMC alumni.
Employability is covered in the “Industry Experience” module, which encourages students to plan ahead for their careers. As a part of this module students will learn how to write CVs and applications, and will develop effective interview skills.
Brooksby Equestrian Centre, Brooksby Campus
£7,500 per year
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