BSc (Hons) Equine Behavioural Science - Writtle University College

BSc (Hons) Equine Behavioural Science

UCAS Code: D4E2

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  • This degree programme at Writtle University College offers you the opportunity to pursue a specialist interest in the field of equine behaviour.

    The course covers a range of practical and theoretical modules, integrating the latest research to promote ethical and sustainable horsemanship practices using both our stud and ridden horses.

    You will study specialist behaviour modules to improve your knowledge and understanding of the academic theory underpinning the natural behaviour of the horse, incorporating principles of ethology and psychology alongside health and welfare management. Using this knowledge, you will develop the skills to critically analyse and evaluate all areas of horsemanship such as housing, training and welfare management, whilst evolving your professional practice and rehabilitation strategies. Other topics of study will include anatomy and physiology, health and nutrition, giving you a sound scientific knowledge to support the specialist modules.

    Fully embedded within the programme are opportunities for you to increase your awareness of the professional, analytical and work skills required for employment in the broader equine your choice.

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    A unique feature of this programme is that we have embedded an industry recognised equine behaviour qualification. Through studying the degree in Equine Behavioural Science, you will also be undertaking accredited professional training and assessment for the Society of Equine Behaviour Consultants (SEBC) Professional Training Certificate (subject to final exam which incurs an extra fee, payable by students directly to SEBC, of 275). This means that upon graduating, you will be able to pursue a self-employed career as an equine behaviour consultant, through professional registration with SEBC.

    Please see for further details about this additional training.

  • Course Modules

  • Information about each module can be viewed by clicking on the module title within the table below.

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  • Entry Requirements

  • The following information provides students with the entry requirements for this particular course.

    UCAS Tariff Points
    GCE A Levels
    96 UCAS tariff points, to include one GCE A level grade C or above
    Irish Certificate
    96 UCAS tariff points, to include 3 x B1 higher
    Scottish Highers
    96 UCAS tariff points, to include 3 x B
    International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
    Total (IB) Diploma point score of 24 or more
    BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
    BTEC Level 3 Diploma
    C & G Level 3 Extended Diploma
    Merit (96)
    C & G Level 3 Diploma
    Distinction (72 + in combination with other qualifications to meet 96)

    Please note:
    An equivalent or higher combination of grades to that indicated above will also be accepted.

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    Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/APEL)
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    All applicants must possess a minimum of four GCSEs grade AC including, English Language, Mathematics and Science*.
    *Science is not applicable for BA (Hons) Contemporary Art and Design course.

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  • Assessment Methods

  • The BSc (Hons) Equine Behavioural Science contains a variety of assessment methods to ensure practical and academic competence.

    • Practical assessments including yard skills
    • Examinations both multiple choice and essay questions
    • Essays and technical reports
    • Case studies
    • Video assessments
    • Experimental work and write ups
    • Poster presentations
    • Oral presentations both individually and in small groups
    • Role play
    • Dissertation

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  • Learning & Teaching Methods

  • The following list shows the variety of learning and teaching methods experienced on this course.

    • Stud and equitation practicals
    • Tutorials
    • Seminars and debates
    • Inquiry-based learning
    • Problem-based learning
    • Case studies
    • Visits
    • Online quizzes, wikis and activities
    • Laboratory practical classes including dissections

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  • Employment Details

  • This list of careers below are those that graduates from this programme could enter into.

    • Equine Behavioural Consultant
    • Training Rehabilitation
    • Research Assistant in Equine or Biological Sciences
    • Nutritionist
    • Scientific Journalist
    • Lecturer
    • Welfare Assessor/Advisor
    • Rehoming and Rehabilitation
    • Police Horse Training
    • Advisor to Governing Bodies
    • Charity Advisor

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