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Applied Equine Management FDSc*

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1 Year
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This course will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of equine management and will equip you with the necessary knowledge to assess the welfare needs of horses, enable you to acquire practical horse management skills and devise management strategies pertinent to the equine sector.

The College’s brand new state of the art Equine Centre has extended our high-quality provision for Equine students. The facilities include an indoor arena and stabling with full supporting equipment, show jumps, cross country jumps and fitness profiling of a horse, including a solarium.

The course will be taught using well integrated practical and theoretical sessions, providing an opportunity for you to experience real-life situations.

You will be expected to buy Craven Equine uniform and will need a BHS Approved riding hat and boots. Depending on the items chosen the cost will be approximately £150. Full information will be provided prior to enrolment.  As part of this course the team may arrange visits to industry specialists and or events, and you may be required to contribute to the cost.  This may include opportunities to attend the Horse of the Year Show, Bramham, Your Horse Live and Nutritional centres or outlets, alongside visits to local equestrian businesses and discipline yards.

A Foundation Degree is a nationally recognised qualification in its own right and is equal to the first two years of a full BSc (Hons) course or a Higher National Diploma. Once you have completed your FdSc Applied Equine Management, you may then move on to a further year of study to achieve the BSc (Hons).

*This course is subject to validation

Entry Requirements

  • 64 UCAS tariff points (48 UCAS tariff points for 2022 entry, formerly 120 UCAS points)
  • English & Maths GCSEs grade 9-4 (A*-C) or equivalent
  • Students without necessary qualifications but with relevant work experience are encouraged to apply for an interview
  • If you have a relevant Level 4/5 qualification you may be able to transfer to the next level

What you will study

  • Horse Husbandry: This will give you to a broad overview of equine management including Health and Safety, legislation and record keeping. You will be provided with the theoretical knowledge that underpins the principles of horse care and husbandry, and practical experience of horse handling and restraint and husbandry. Assessed by ap practical activity and case study (20 credits)
  • Equine Anatomy and Physiology: You will study the structure and function of cells, organelles and cellular transport mechanisms. You will carry out dissections within a laboratory setting. Assessed by a report and laboratory practical and report (20 credits)
  • Equine Health: This will provide you with the broad range of skills to act quickly and confidently on health issues you may face in the equine industry, identifying when specialist veterinary assistance is needed, and the steps required to prevent the worsening of a situation. Assessed by an information document and presentation (20 credits)
  • Equine Behaviour: Through studying this module, you will gain insight into the scientific methodology used to observe and assess equine behaviour. You will conduct your own observations and reach conclusions about horse behaviour, making recommendations for modifying/managing behaviours in a variety of contexts. Assessed by a research report (20 credits)
  • Equitation: Using the theory of riding you will gain hands-on practical experience in riding a range of horses in a variety of settings. Assessed by a practical dressage test and a reflection including a training plan (20 credits)
  • Personal and Professional Development: You will focus on personal development including study skills, team working, presentation skills, self-reflection, analysis of information and development of basic IT. Assessed by a presentation and research inquiry (20 credits)
  • Equestrian Coaching: This module will give you hands-on experience in teaching and coaching your peers, as well as a diverse range of students from across the department. Theory of teaching will be taught including the production of lesson plans and risk assessments as well as investigating and analysing relevant legislation. Assessed by a portfolio and reflection (20 credits)
  • Equine Business and Event Marketing: This will give you the opportunity to manage and promote an event. In preparation for this, you will consider the management, promotion and marketing of events, and investigate the legislation surrounding this. Assessed by a report and presentation (20 credits)
  • Managing Projects: This module teaches you the skills, tools and techniques needed to manage a small project and is assessed by a presentation and a report (20 credits)
  • Research Methods and Skills: this introduces the skills required to set research aims, objectives and hypotheses and to sample, analyse and evaluate data. This will be taught through hands-on supportive workshops and is assessed by a portfolio (20 credits)
  • Equine Nutrition: You will explore dietary requirements for a range of performance horses and how these vary with life stage, health status, reproduction, production, live weight gain, and activity levels will also be analysed. Assessed by a closed book multiple choice exam and a case study (20 credits)
  • Biology: Animal Biology allows you to study the scientific underpinning of cells, tissues and organs in a range of vertebrate groups and is assessed by a scientific report and a laboratory practical and report (20 credits)

You will receive feedback on your formal assessments within four working weeks of the submission date. Your overall grade for the course and your Foundation Degree classification is based on the marks obtained for all the modules studied in year 2 of the course. More information can be found here: Student Information > Regulations

How you will study...

The full-time course is usually timetabled 1.5 days – 2 days per week for 2 years. Teaching and learning will take place through a combination of lectures and practical activities providing an opportunity to share knowledge and experience and providing a forum for discussion and debate.

Alongside time in College, you will be expected to undertake 10-12 hours of personal study each week, such as reading journal articles and books, undertaking research and preparing for assessments. Your independent study is supported by the excellent Learning Hub at the Aireville Campus in addition to the College’s Study Support Centre.

The average class size for this course is 8-10.

What's Next?

Further Study

Following completion of your FdSc, your academic choices may include Applied Equine Management BSc (Level 6) at Craven College or at another institution in an equine-related subject


  • Equine health
  • Equine rehabilitation
  • Equine nutrition
  • Equine coaching
  • Equine lecturing
  • Equine husbandry
  • Equine events
To apply for a full-time higher education programme, please apply via UCAS.
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