BSc (Hons) Bloodstock and Performance Horse Management (Foundation Year)
If you aspire to have a career in the thoroughbred or sports horse industry, our specialist Bloodstock and Performance Horse Management course will give you the knowledge and learning experiences to prepare for careers in training, breeding and sales, racecourse and event management, and racing administration.
This degree course with a foundation year incorporates an extra year of study at the start of your course, so that you can progress with confidence. It will develop the skills you need for your later studies. It is particularly suitable if:
- You don’t have the grades for immediate entry onto a three-year course
- You have non-traditional qualifications or experience
- You’re starting university after some time away from education
- You’re looking for more support during the transition into university study
Industry experience is at the heart of this degree with a work placement in your second year, and visits to leading racing businesses in Lambourn, Newmarket and Ireland. Our graduates have secured high profile positions in the racing industry, including organisations such as Godolphin, Juddmonte, The Jockey Club, Weatherbys and The National Trainers Federation and you could join them.
This specialist course compares science and business practices to those within the sports horse industry and equips you with the skills to step into the professional world.
An additional course supplement of £600 for the Irish study tour will apply.
You will complete a 15-week work placement in the third year. Students have completed placements at prestigious companies such as Highclere Stud, France Galop, Newsells Park Stud, Jockey Club Estates and Arena Racing Company.
The Integrated Foundation Year is suitable for applicants who have taken level 3 qualifications (A levels, BTEC etc.) in the UK. Overseas students who have not studied in the UK and completed their secondary education in their country, should look at taking an Integrated Foundation Programme in order to meet the entry criteria for the degree programmes offered by the RAU.
Please note that a foundation year is not the same as a foundation degree (FdSc). A foundation year will usually lead onto a three-year degree course, whereas a foundation degree is a standalone qualification generally studied for two years.
For UK students (as of March 2020) a visa may not be required but this may change. For non UK/EU nationals (current Tier 4 visa students), the student will have to arrange their own visa.
The research project is an integral part of the course and provides essential experience in both design and execution of a piece of research. You can choose to focus on either science or business and you could also see your research project featured in one of the many academic journals that regularly publish our students’ work.
Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and societies activities.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Each credit equates to 10 hours of total study time. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.
Full-time students normally take modules worth 60 credits per 15 week semester but this can vary depending on your elective choice. Part-time students taking proportionally fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for your degree is based on marks obtained for modules taken at level 5 and level 6 (weighted 30:70 accordingly).
The modules available for this degree are shown below. They may change for your year of study as we regularly review our module offerings to ensure they’re informed by the latest research and teaching methods.
The Foundation year will provide a common core of academic and study skills sufficient to prepare you for subsequent study and academic success at undergraduate level. It will give core underpinning knowledge, skills and understanding in key areas of contemporary issues, provide underpinning subject-related skills and knowledge in key areas required for undergraduate study, including Mathematics, Numeracy and IT. It will also provide generic skills and academic knowledge to support your confidence and discipline as appropriate for higher education study and give subject-specific grounding, in terms of research topics and study focus, to support progression into degree level study in your chosen degree.
- 0IFY1 Managing Landscape
- 0IFY2 Digital Skills
- 0IFY3 Rural Business Skills
- 0IFY4 Land Related Studies
- 0IFY5 Change in the Countryside
- 0IFY6 Enterprise and Marketing
- 0IFY7 Environment and conservation data handling
- 0IFY8 Agriculture and Farming
- 1010 Equine Industry
- 1314 Equine Anatomy and Physiology
- 1235 British Bloodstock Production
- 1247 Breeding and Genetics
- 1248 Equine Bioveterinary Science 1
- 1400 Developing Academic Skills
- 1415 Global Business Environment
- 1443 Business Finance and Accounts
- 2069 Rural Business Enterprise
- 2166 Equine Business Finance & Taxation
- 2239 Global Bloodstock Industry
- 2254 Equine Nutrition and Training
- 2255 Soil and Grassland for Equestrian Use
- 2317 Industry Placement
- 2337 Personal and Professional Development Skills and Employability
- 2378 Research and Evidence
- 3206 Equine Breeding Management
- 3217 Advances in Training the Equine Athlete
- 3226 The Irish Bloodstock Industry (Study tour)
- 3300 Research Project / Dissertation
- 3332 Specialist Study
PLUS choice of TWO electives selected from:
- 3200 Equine Health
- 3058 Equine Behaviour and Welfare
- 3078 Equine Performance Nutrition
- 3316 Changing Consumer Behaviour
- 3317 International Marketing
The availability of electives to individual students will be dependent on timetabling considerations and on sufficient students electing to take part.
* Optional additions to the course will incur additional charges
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Careers and graduate destinations
- Bloodstock agent
- Stud manager
- Nutritional advisor
- Racecourse manager
- Equine journalist
- Racing administration
"I looked at the website and I just thought that this looks incredible, the alumni have gone on to do so many amazing things."
Florentyna Anderson, Student
Required: GCSE minimum five GCSEs at Grade C/4 including English Language and Mathematics (or Maths Numeracy for Welsh applicants) plus satisfactory level 3 qualifications:
- A-Level: (Example grades EEE) – minimum of 48 UCAS tariff points from level 3 qualifications
- C&G Advanced Technical/BTEC - Level 3 Extended Diploma (1080) at Pass-Pass-Pass
- International Baccalaureate: 24 points
- Access to Higher Education: Pass course with 45 credits at level 3 (Pass in Functional Skills level 2 are accepted in lieu of GCSE English & Mathematics)
You may also be eligible for a contextual offer if you’re from one of our link colleges, have been in care, from a non-white ethnic background, live in an area with low progression rates to university or you are a veteran/child of an armed forces family.
The University welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. A wide range of qualifications and experience are accepted in order to join University degree programmes. The University always considers evidence of personal, professional (APL) and educational experience, (APEL), which show an ability to meet the demands of their intended programme of study.
Alternative entry routes are available for a range of other qualifications. Prior experience is also considered, subject to approval by the programme manager and admissions staff.
Read more general information about our entry requirements.
International students will also need to achieve IELTS Academic or equivalent at the appropriate level for your programme of study. English language requirements for international students.
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For the academic year 2023-24 the tuition fees for this course are:
|Full-time||£9,250 per year||£13,900 per year|
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