BSc (Hons) Applied Equine Science and Business with Placement 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. You'll also have the opportunity to put your learning into practice during a work-based placement year.
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. This is an excellent opportunity to develop a range of links within the growing equine industry.
In the third year, you will apply and develop your expertise and complete a 12 month period in the workplace. Not only could you find yourself working for prestigious companies in the UK or across the world, you will develop confidence and industry contacts for when you graduate.
GCSE: (minimum five GCSEs) - English and Mathematics (or Maths Numeracy for Welsh applicants) at Grade C / 4 or higher are required plus level 3 qualifications:
- A Level: CCC – minimum of 96 UCAS tariff points (to include at least two A Level passes – desirable to have one science subject. For Science subject: Pass in practical element is not required)
- BTEC level 3 extended diploma at Merit/Merit/Merit
- International Baccalaureate: 26 points
- Access to Higher Education: 45 credits at level 3, of which 15 must be awarded at Distinction (Pass at Literacy & Numeracy skills at level 2 are accepted in lieu of GCSE English & Mathematics)
- A period of practical experience is also highly recommended
Other level 3 qualifications will be considered.
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:
- 1003 Business Environment
- 1010 Equine Industry
- 1033 Business Finance
- 1247 Breeding and Genetics
- 1248 Equine Bioveterinary Science 1
- 1249 Nutritional biochemistry and Feeding
- 1314 Equine Anatomy and Physiology
- 1400 Developing Academic Skills
- 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
- 2316 Personal and Professional Development Skills
- 2317 Industry Placement
You will undertake your placement year during year three of your programme. You will complete Years 1 and 2, complete the placement year and then return for your final year of the programme.
In the fourth year, you’ll select specialist electives and complete a research project on a topic of your own choice, giving you a truly individualised learning experience.
- 3002 Equine Developments
- 3036 Advanced Equine Business Management
- 3224 Advances in Equine Science
- 3225 Negotiation in Business
- 3300 Research Project/Dissertation
Plus a choice of THREE elective modules selected from:
- 3011 Rural Business Diversification
- 3034 Marketing Communication
- 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)
- 3240 Contemporary Media Studies
The availability of electives to individual students will be dependent on timetabling considerations and on sufficient students electing to take part.
All the module sheets can be found here.
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 2020-21 the tuition fees for this course are:
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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 representitive
- 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
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