Equine Science with Rehabilitation Therapies

BSc (Hons)

Intermediate award(s): FdSc

This course is available in Clearing.

Course overview

This course has been designed to meet the academic and practical needs of a broad range of individuals seeking careers within the growing international equine industry.

You will study a mix of general biology modules and specialised equine topics. In addition to the fundamental understanding of horse anatomy, physiology, health and traditional training methods, the course will give you the opportunity to explore both the science and practical application of the latest techniques in the equine world including those used in:

  • reproduction through artificial insemination and embryo transfer
  • equine training techniques.

Class tuition will be complemented by a range of visits to equine events and establishments.

Stephanie Moss

FdSc Equine Studies

I've been involved with horses since I was about 12, when I used to help out in a small yard. My interest grew and I began riding and competing other people's horses before eventually getting some of my own. When I began looking around for Equine courses, the one at Anglia Ruskin University and the College of West Anglia appealed to me most because they had great facilities that allowed a more hands-on approach, which suited my learning style.

I will soon be starting the third year of the course and so far it has been challenging, beneficial and rewarding. The hands-on teaching within some of the modules is one of the course's best assets, as you can really apply what you have learnt in the classroom to the real world. The lecturers are all very knowledgeable and approachable so you really feel any question, however stupid it may sound, can be asked and a really friendly atmosphere is always felt.

The course has really helped me to understand the area of the equine industry that I want to go into. At the moment I'm considering the physiotherapy, chiropractic or perhaps veterinary nursing route and I still have my final year to complete, allowing me more time to decide what career path I want to follow.

Module guide

Level 4 core modules
  • Learning for HE and Work
  • Biology and Behaviour
  • Schooling on the Ground
  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biomeasurement
  • Practical Equine Husbandry (Work based)
  • Issues in the Equine Industry
Level 5 core modules
  • Applied Ethology and Animal Welfare
  • Animal Health and Nutrition
  • Equine Physiology and Exercise
  • Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Business and Event Management (Work based)
Level 6 core modules
  • Undergraduate Equine Research Project
  • Equine Biomechanics
  • Equine Training and Behaviour
  • Equine Reproduction and Reproductive Technology
  • Equine Performance Strategies
  • Animal Welfare and Society


The assessment will vary depending upon the module in question but will include essays, case studies, exams and portfolio preparation. There will be a strong emphasis on the assessment of 'hands-on' practical activity.


Students will have access to the full range of facilities at both the College of West Anglia (CWA) and Anglia Ruskin University. The equine facilities at CWA have recently undergone extensive refurbishment and now include an Equine Rehabilitation Centre. Students will gain expertise in the operation of the state-of-the-art rehabilitation equipment, including an aqua treadmill, equine spa, solarium and equine gait analysis video equipment and software.

Study abroad options

There will be an optional, student-funded field trip to look at animal management systems, which students will be eligible to participate in once they have completed 240 credits of study.

Links with industry and professional recognition

There will be extensive involvement of industry professionals in the assessment of students' knowledge and practical competence within various modules of the equine studies degree programme, in particular equine topics (such as equine husbandry, groundwork, event management etc), to ensure an appropriate industry standard has been reached.

Work placements

A number of short educational placements will allow students to apply their growing knowledge and skills in a work setting.

The majority of students will also be required to spend a minimum of six weeks in an equine establishment on a work-based placement during the first summer vacation. However, if a student is in employment during their course within a business that is judged to be appropriate to the learning outcomes of the degree, the requirement for a dedicated placement may be shortened or disregarded.

Associated careers

Graduates will be fully prepared for development or management positions within nutrition, breeding and welfare establishments, livery and stud yards, riding schools and educational and research institutions.
Main requirements:
  • 220 UCAS tariff points.
  • Non-academic conditions: Interviews.
  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English, Mathematics and one Science.

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email admissions@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

Entry requirements listed are for September 2015/January 2016 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.

Please note all tariff points must come from A levels. Points from AS levels cannot be counted towards the total tariff points required for entry to this course.

How to apply

Apply direct to the College of West Anglia. For an application form email enquiries@col-westanglia.ac.uk.



5 Years Part-Time (minimum)

Teaching times*

Tue 9am-12pm, Thurs 9am-4pm

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* Teaching days are subject to change each academic year. Timings are also dependent on any optional modules you chose and are for guidance, so we advise all applicants to wait until they are in receipt of their timetable before making arrangements around course times.

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