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This two-year vocational qualification is perfect for anyone wishing to gain a valuable qualification and experience in the equine industry. The equine centre at Aber is a designated BHS "Where to Train" centre and this means the riding you undertake as part of the FdSc course is based on BHS exam system, preparing you for your BHS stages if you wish to train towards them. The FdSc Equine Studies course includes practical instruction of the care and daily management of the horse and has a strong industry and business flavour. A number of science modules will ease you into BSc equine courses if you wish to progress on successful graduation.

Successful completion of this foundation degree will provide you with the opportunity to progress to a BSc honours degree in an animal / equine-related subject, should you wish to do so (subject to grades).

  • You will have access to superb teaching and research facilities including state of the art labs.
  • You will be taught by our internationally renowned passionate teaching staff who are experts in their fields for animal science and equine research.
  • The department houses a fantastic equine centre with Olympic size indoor arena, all-weather manège, round pen, horse walker and livery facilities including turnout.
  • Aberystwyth is located in an outstanding coastal location with miles of unspoiled beaches to gallop upon a few miles from the equine centre!
  • All students on this course will have the opportunity to undertake work experience, international student exchanges, internships, bursaries and training towards BHS exams.

This two-year vocational qualification is perfect for anyone wishing to gain a valuable qualification and experience in the equine industry. The equine centre at Aber is a designated BHS "Where to Train" centre and this means the riding you undertake as part of the FdSc course is based on BHS exam system, preparing you for your BHS stages if you wish to train towards them. The FdSc...

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Course Content

In the first year you will explore:

-         Equine business and industry;

-         Equine anatomy;

-         Breeding and stud management;

-         Animal Science;

-         Land use;

-          You gain practical skills in horsemastership, which will be beneficial to your 6-week compulsory work experience.

In the second year you will discover:

-         Nutrition;

-         Exercise physiology;

-         Applied animal behaviour and welfare;

-         Analyse, budget and appraise a rural business;

-         Optional modules may include veterinary science, equitation and equestrian event management.

In the first year you will explore: -         Equine business and industry; -         Equine anatomy; -         Breeding and stud management; -         Animal...

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Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 72 - 96

A Levels CCC-DDD

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh, Mathematics or a Science subject

BTEC National Diploma:
MMM-MMP

International Baccalaureate:
26-24

European Baccalaureate:
60% overall

UCAS Tariff 72 - 96 A Levels CCC-DDD GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4): English or Welsh, Mathematics or a Science subject BTEC National Diploma: MMM-MMP International Baccalaureate: 26-24 European...

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Assessment Methods

Assessment method may take various forms such as essays, practical exercises, oral presentations, exams, lab reports, worksheets, case studies, practical reports, portfolios, magazine articles, webpages and podcasts.

Assessment method may take various forms such as essays, practical exercises, oral presentations, exams, lab reports, worksheets, case studies, practical reports, portfolios, magazine articles, webpages and podcasts.