BSc (Hons) Applied Equine Science and Business with Foundation Year
Gain a solid grounding in both scientific and business skills and grasp the growing number of opportunities available through our network of industry contacts.
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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.
The equine industry generates huge amounts of revenue for some of the world’s major economies, which are increasingly on the lookout for bright, skilled graduates. As well as benefitting from a blend of practical exercises and academic knowledge, you will gain essential experience with a work placement. You will tap into our powerful network of industry contacts, including graduates from the University.
You will also have the option to gain even more experience in the field, with a six day study trip to Ireland. No wonder our graduates have gone on to work at prestigious companies such as Plusvital Equinome, Haygain, Tattersalls and The National Trainers Federation.
You will complete a 20-week placement in the second year of the course. Students have completed placements at companies such as Plusvital Equinome, Godolphin, Weatherbys, NAF and Haygain. If you wish to undertake an extended period of work placement there is the option to pause your studies and complete a 12 or 18 month work placement. This is an excellent opportunity to develop a range of links within the growing equine industry.
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.
- 48 UCAS points
- GCSEs in Maths and English
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.
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Develop a wide skillset in both business and science through a series of lectures, tutorials, case studies, laboratory practical exercises, demonstrations and visits. Modules are assessed through a range of methods, including essays, group work tasks and individual presentations. There are timed examinations at the end of each semester.
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 of business and you could also see your Research Project featured in one of the many academic journals that regularly publish our students' work.
Timetables are normally available one month before registration. 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 course are as follows:
Foundation year - Indicative modules
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.
- Managing landscape (incorporating academic skills)
- Digital skills (incorporating ICT skills)
- Rural business skills (incorporating maths and finance)
- Land related studies (incorporating rural land use)
- Change in the countryside (incorporating academic skills/team work)
- Enterprise and marketing
- Environment and conservation data handling (incorporating applications and statistics)
- Agriculture and farming (incorporating rural land use/applied science)
- 1003 Business Environment
- 1010 Equine Industry
- 1033 Business Finance
- 1034 Personal Development Planning
- 1040 Equine Evolutionary Anatomy
- 1247 Breeding and Genetics
- 1248 Equine Bioveterinary Science 1
- 1249 Nutritional biochemistry and Feeding
- 2014 Equine Law
- 2036 Sandwich Placement Incorporating Personal Development Planning
- 2069 Rural Business Enterprise
- 2074 Equine Grassland Management
- 2076 Equine Alternative and Complementary Therapies
- 2166 Equine Business Finance & Taxation
- 2252 Equine Research and Ethics
- 2253 Equine Bioveterinary Science 2
In the third year, you’ll select specialist electives and complete a research project on a topic of your own choice, giving you a truly individualized learning experience.
- 3002 Equine Developments
- 3015E Honours Research Project
- 3036 Advanced Equine Business Management
- 3224 Advances in Equine Science
- 3225 Negotiation in Business
Plus a choice of THREE elective modules selected from:
- 3009 Agricultural and Equine Journalism
- 3011 Rural Business Diversification
- 3034 Marketing Communication
- 3038 Critical Issues in Organisations
- 3040 Management Accounting
- 3041 Corporate Finance
- 3058 Equine Behaviour and Welfare
- 3059E Equine Genetics
- 3078 Equine Performance Nutrition
- 3081 Consumer Behaviour
- 3091 Equine Event Management
- 3200 Equine Health
- 3206 Equine Breeding Management
- 3217 Advances in Training the Equine Athlete
- 3226 The Irish Bloodstock Industry (Study tour)
All the module sheets can be found here.
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** Optional additions to the course will incur additional charges
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Tuition fees cover the cost of a student’s academic studies. This usually includes teaching costs, registration and examination fees (not repeat or trailing modules, re-sit fees or coursework resubmission). Any costs associated with work placements will be the student's responsibility.
- Re-sit examination or coursework re-submission fees are £5 per credit (for a typical 15 credit module, this will total £75).
For the academic year 2019-20 the tuition fees for this course are:
|Full-time||£9,250 per year||£9,250 per year||£10,000 per year|
For part-time study, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Please also refer to the funding your time at university page.
Tuition fees may be subject to an inflationary increase each year as set out in our Access and Participation Plan 2019/20.
The University offers a wide range of generous fee waivers and bursaries. To find out more about the these, please visit the bursaries, awards and scholarships page.
Our graduates have gone on to pursue careers within companies worldwide and withing the following roles:
- Research Scientist
- Stud Manager
- Brand Manager
- Technical Sales Representtive
- Event Manager
93%* of our graduates are in employment or further study six months after leaving the RAU.
*2016/17 UK-based leavers studying a first degree, full time. Source: HESA
Sarah Dolman, BSc (Hons) Applied Equine Science and Business graduate, 2015 - “I would thoroughly recommend the RAU to anyone looking to pursue a career in research. The lecturers have a genuine interest in your wellbeing and push you to achieve your full potential. After completing my undergraduate degree, I decided to further my education by completing a Masters by Research degree at the RAU working with a company called SoLab. Thanks to the RAU, I have now taken up a higher education lecturing position in equine science.”
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