What you'll study
On this course, you'll cover a range of fundamental behaviour and welfare topics through a combination of compulsory and optional modules, which you'll be able to choose from to suit your interests and career goals.
Compulsory topics will include management of equine wellbeing, equine learning and cognition, and measurements of equine behaviour. Optional modules will allow you to specialise your degree to suit your interests and career aspirations.
On successful completion of your modules you’ll gain academic credit that accumulates towards your award. The marks you gain in your second and third years may contribute towards your final degree classification.
Your foundation year will focus on study skills and specific knowledge around human-animal interactions. This will support you moving into year one. In addition, you’ll be introduced to equine science and the equine industry.
Foundation Skills Development
The module aims to give students an understanding of scientific methods and enquiry, team working, research skills and effective time management.
Academic Skills in Practice (Internship)
The module aims to develop reflective, practical and transferable skills in preparation for level 4 study based on an internship role at Hartpury linked to the student’s programme of study.
The aim of the module is to develop student understanding and knowledge of literature reviews including constructing a rationale, summarising and presenting relevant information.
Foundation Equine Studies
The module aims to introduce central anatomy, physiology, welfare and health that underpin best husbandry and management practices, along with key legislation and health and safety requirements in the equine industry.
Foundations of Business Enterprise and Management
This module covers the learning and understanding of the balance of theory and practice in contemporary business practice; an appreciation of the complexity of modern organisational environments and the critical role of enterprise and innovation.
You’ll focus on key topics relating to equine learning and welfare to gain knowledge and fundamental study skills that underpin your course and equip you to study at higher levels. You'll also begin to explore human behaviours and interactions to gain skills for influencing future change in equitation science, training and beyond.
The module aims to give an introduction to evidence-based learning principles for horses and the impact of environmental effects on learning.
Professional Development and Influence within the Equestrian Sector
An introduction to learning theory and human behaviour in relation to developing an understanding of reflection of self and how humans interact and influence others.
Principles of Equine Welfare
An introduction to equine ethology including behavioural ecology, senses, cognition and basic needs in relation to optimal horse welfare.
Managing Equine Wellbeing
Generally, horses spend around an hour per day being trained or exercised. This module focuses on the principals of horse welfare and management for the other 23 hours.
Introduction to Equine Nutrition
Study of the basic principles of equine feeding and nutrition.
In this year, more in-depth topics will be explored, taking the fundamental knowledge learned in year one to explore the key factors and principles which underpin behaviour and welfare measurements in more detail. You'll also be supported to complete a work placement, enabling you to gain experience and make connections, ready for your career. Alongside compulsory modules, you’ll select from a range of optional modules to further develop your specialist expertise.
Measuring Equine Behaviour and Welfare
Use of behavioural, physiological and physical measures of welfare and welfare assessment in different contexts.
Professional Placement Experience in the Equestrian Sector
You'll be supported to complete a minimum of 150 hours of work experience during the year, which can be in a variety of equine focused establishments in the UK or abroad.
Understand how performance horses are exercised and trained to meet specific demands of various disciplines.
Equine Learning and Cognition
This module further develops the understanding of learning theory, attachment theory, emotions and learning in relation to evidence-based training of horses.
Equestrian Event Management and Fundraising
Explore the operational aspects of event management and the customer experience.
The study of the horse’s digestive system, their required nutrient intake for different activities, and how to manage the horse’s diet.
A chance to independently review an approved topic area in line with the student’s programme of study.
Either International Academic Study Portfolio OR International Academic Study Project
International Academic Study Portfolio
A reflection upon a period of international study.
International Academic Study Project
A reflection upon a period of international study.
You will engage in a programme relevant study trip which will provide a context for you to synthesise content from across your programme of study and make applications and inferences to this real world setting, while expanding your horizons.
Integrated placement year (optional)
An integrated placement year before your final year allows you to put your knowledge and skills into practice and gain valuable industry experience. Many students get their graduate careers with the organisation with which they completed their work placement.
Level six (final year)
Your final year allows you to focus on areas of particular interest to you, in line with your career aspirations. One module is your dissertation, a substantial research project that enables you to plan, implement and report on a specialist topic of your choice.
In addition, you'll be exposed to contemporary challenges and developments in the field of equine behaviour, gaining an insight into the direction of emerging research. Optional modules will support you to develop entrepreneurial and leadership skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution, preparing you to drive changes in the industry to improve equine training, behaviour management and welfare.
Partake in independent research and analysis in a related area of your choice.
Research in Equine Behaviour
This module will enable you to undertake a critical review in a chosen area and design a pilot study utilising behavioural, physiological and/or physical measures in order to advance the current evidence base in relation to current management practices.
Equine Ethics and Welfare
Students will build their knowledge of ethical philosophy and key equine welfare contributors/research to enable discussion of contemporary industry issues.
People, Leadership and Change
Exploring the structure, diversity and culture of organisations in relation to leadership and change management.
Equine Nutrition for Performance
Evolution of feeding strategies to support athletic performance in the horse, whilst maintaining good health.
Sales, Negotiation and Customer Service
Gain strategies and techniques to develop communications skills in order to influence, sell and negotiate within the equine industry.
Sustainability and Global Responsibility within the Equestrian Sector
Explore and analyse current business practice within the global equestrian industry in relation to long term sustainability.
Undergraduate Independent Study
A chance to critically review an approved topic of your choice linked to the programme aims.
Volunteering within the Equine Charity Sector
Practically apply theory and knowledge of the equine charity sector to a real-life volunteering environment, proposing methods of raising awareness of their work as an organisation and reflecting on personal development during time spent in industry.