Higher Education

Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 1 Year Level 6 Full-Time Kirkley Hall Campus University Level Qualification Apply Enquire

What’s it all about?

Study the latest research in equitation science and performance horse management so you are able to lead change within the equestrian sector. With our Equine Management Training and Coaching top up, you can prepare to step into leadership roles, developing project management and critical thinking skills, as well as debating sector issues.

Explore the latest welfare research from the global equine community, develop your ability to demonstrate ethical training and be ready to lead the industry in a rapidly evolving landscape. You will learn more about sustainable management and the importance of human behaviour change to leadership development.

Our strong industry and academic links mean you can develop and apply your research skills both on and off site.

Northumberland College Equestrian Centre is a British Horse Society approved training centre and livery yard.

All our Higher Education courses are written specifically with the North East rural communities in mind, and to prepare our graduates for the future of their chosen sectors.

The course is timetabled over two days a week, to reduce travel costs and make studying accessible for mature learners and the self-employed.

Course fees are extremely competitively priced, less than £2000 than other similar offers within the North East (and you may be eligible for an undergraduate student loan.

A relevant Level 5 land-based industry related qualification (e.g. a foundation degree in an equestrian subject with a minimum average grade of 50% at Level 5) is required.

Alternatively, you could have substantial experience and demonstrable ability to study at Level 6, equivalent to 240 credits at Levels 4 and 5.

APL arrangements are informed by the University of Cumbria's academic regulations.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire The following course related costs are not included in the fees: - Equine specific PPE - Monthly app fees (e.g. equestic ~£2/month) NB - Where these costs are prohibitive, applications to the Hardship Fund would be welcomed to ensure parity of experience.

The programme uses predominantly face to face sessions with online and practical work where appropriate. The learning and teaching methods typically used by tutors include lectures, seminars, guest speakers, workshops, practical sessions, practical projects, case studies, and tutorials.

A significant amount of personal study time is expected to be undertaken by you, comprising of, for example, background reading, assignment work, preparation for seminars and practical case studies. A social learning community, including a peer support programme, will further enhance this.

When not attending scheduled learning activities, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study.

The BSc top up teaching team consists of a range of experienced Higher Education tutors with a strong industry background and an interest in ethical practice and sustainability. All tutors have postgraduate qualifications, which include equine science, psychology, animal behaviour, environmental conservation, and leadership and Management.

Assessment tasks are linked to the learning outcomes of each module and are scheduled throughout the modules. Assessment typically consists of practical and theoretical work and is carefully designed to enhance knowledge and critical thinking, alongside a range of practical and transferable skills. Assessments include presentations, written assignments and project work, with embedded application of technology as appropriate to develop digital skills.

You will have formative assessment opportunities to help you learn and develop your knowledge and skills, and summative assessments on which you are graded.

Industry and academic experts are invited in as guest speakers to support delivery throughout the year. In addition to guest speakers, visits are included to enhance theoretical and practical content.

In addition to attending lectures, you will need to spend an extra 10-15 hours per week on independent study, which willl include completing recommended reading, assessment preparation, and conducting research for your dissertation.

The programme will be delivered on a full-time basis, with face-to-face lectures. You will be expected to attend the Kirkley Hall campus for two days per week to increase flexibility and accessibility. Tutorials, dissertation supervision and pastoral support may take place outside of this rudimentary requirement as convenient to both you and your named support tutor(s).

At Level 6 you will typically have around 7-8 contact hours per week, with additional tutorial time as required. This will be timetabled over two days on site. These contact hours will vary between lectures, practical work, external visits, seminars, group and individual workshops and tutorials dependent on each module.

Delivery will be scheduled for weekdays between 9am-4:15pm within the usual academic year (i.e. September to May).

Timetables are normally available at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.

The BSc (Hons) Equine Management, Training and Coaching course has been designed to offer progression opportunities to FdSc graduates from a range of equestrian disciplines, and to permit continued development of graduate level skills. This is to ensure our equine graduates are able to support the equestrian community through a period of cultural change, brought about by growing interest in equestrianism and the social license to operate.

The programme has a strong welfare focus, and embeds ethical equitation principles and equitation science within the training, coaching and management of the competition and leisure horse.

You will study equitation science, performance horse management, sustainable management, and review current issues debated within the equine sector. In addition, you will design and undertake an industry project as part of your dissertation.

Graduates will have the opportunity to progress into equestrian management, training, coaching or lecturing, or you could enter into career specialisms such as the marketing of veterinary and scientific products. You could also choose to continue into postgraduate study.

You will study modules such as:

- Equitation Science
- Performance Horse Management
- Sustainable Management
- Reviewing Current Issues within the Equine Sector

In addition, you will design and undertake an industry project as part of your dissertation.

University of Cumbria

Successful completion of this course will result in the awarding of 120 credits and a BSc (Hons) Equine Management, Training and Coaching from the University of Cumbria.

What’s next?

The course has a well-rounded base of equestrian skills, which would suit progression directly into equestrian management, or the skills to diversify into a range of self-employed and entrepreneurial enterprises.

Our course is designed with equal focus on equitation science, welfare and management.

Equitation science is a rapidly expanding discipline with considerable public interest, and knowledge of these concepts alongside proven practical application during equine training will be of considerable advantage in practice.

Similarly, knowledge and competence within the coaching discipline (both in terms of traditional coaching and behavioural change) will be increasingly demanded within the industry and offers the flexibility to move into education and educational support.

The communication and presentation skills gained mean opportunities may also be pursued in marketing, sales and retail, and advisory roles. Developing your ability and confidence in using technological software and packages will boost your employability profile across multiple career sectors.

Progression opportunities are also available to continue your studies and complete your BSc (Hons) Equine Management, Training and Coaching Top Up.

Laboratory skills offer routes into diagnostic laboratories, and these, combined with sound husbandry skills and underpinning knowledge, may provide opportunities to pursue further qualifications, such as those for equine veterinary nursing, equine dental technician and veterinary physiotherapy routes.

If you enjoy working with technology, then utilising analytic software to enhance coaching and performance practices may also be of interest, for example biomechanical analysis of horse and/or rider.

For those of you wishing to continue your studies, the course includes opportunities to discuss studying at Masters level, and advice from staff and alumni in terms of these next steps.

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