This foundation degree is designed to give all students a good grounding of equine knowledge and practical skills, alongside the higher education academic skills expected at this level. It also offers significantly scientific modules, in order to give graduates a rounded programme of study and ensure they reach the level of academia and scientific understanding often asked for in graduate job roles. Students will be analysing and evaluating, using scientific literature to reinforce their findings. The college have a multitude of industry links which we have been working with for the past twenty years, integrating work based learning with higher education and is therefore suitable both for students planning to work with horses and for students looking for a rounded graduate 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 routes 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 been improved and expanded considerably. We now have a rehabilitation centre purely for the use of our students, containing a solarium, aqua treadmill and practical areas; two indoor arenas (60m x 30m; 20m x 40m) plus an extensive outdoor competition arena (80m x 40m) and warm up (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 industry, or use lateral thinking to use equipment from the sport 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 (maybe 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.
Students can progress onto our BSc (Hons) Equine Performance Science top up year, or top up 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 including guest speakers from industry specialists and ex-students, 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 equestrian centre, student voice, access to the gym, BHS training and exams.
Employability is covered in “Industry experience” which encourages students to plan ahead for their careers, including interview skills, CV and application writing.
Brooksby Equestrian Centre, Brooksby Campus
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