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Equine Science and Thoroughbred Management

BSc (Hons)

Key facts


UCAS code

D422

Start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Course length

Full time: 4 years, including a 1-year industry placement

Part time: part-time study is possible

Department

Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

UCAS Tariff Points

112

Overview


Our Equine Science and Thoroughbred Management course is the only degree of its kind in the UK. 
We teach this course in partnership with Abingdon and Witney College. Most of the teaching is here at Oxford Brookes, with some sessions at the college's stud farm at Witney Campus.

Our partnership with the Common Leys stud means that you will put theory into practice. You will:

  • spend time with thoroughbreds as you learn about anatomy and genetics
  • see youngstock reared and sold from the stud
  • deepen your understanding of what makes a good racehorse. 

Raising thoroughbreds is a billion-pound international industry. As a result there is a demand for highly qualified professionals. Possible careers include:

  • Racehorse Manager
  • Horse Breeder
  • Stud Farm Manager
  • Equine Occupational Therapist
  • Horse Trainer
  • Academic.
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How to apply


Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 112

A Level: BBC

IB Points: 30

BTEC: DMM

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Preferred subjects include: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physical Education.

We seek to admit students who have the potential to make good scientists and accept that qualifications are not the only indicator of future potential. Typical offers also include:

  • A-level grades BB plus 2 AS-levels at grade C (equivalent to 112 UCAS Tariff points for 2017 entry). Students studying more than one science subject may receive a lower offer
  • 1 12-unit vocational A-level at grade BB plus 1 A-level or 2 AS-levels at grade C
  • other recognised qualifications, eg BTEC Nationals or Scottish qualifications (equivalent to 112 UCAS Tariff points).

If your combination of qualifications doesn't match our typical offer, please contact our admissions tutor.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics, English Language and Double Integrated Science (or equivalent) at grade C minimum

You must have studied science post-16, either at A-level or equivalent. 

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences

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English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380

International full time
£14,280

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

International full time
£14,800

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2019/20
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380

International full time
£14,280

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

2020/21
Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

International full time
£14,800

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

You will need to budget for public transport between Oxford Brookes and Abingdon and Witney College (Witney Campus). From there, a college minibus with take you to the Common Leys stud farm where practical sessions are held. This is mainly in semester 1. 

There will also be additional costs for learning resources such as books, stationary and for the production of coursework.

Field trips

Your course tuition fee covers the cost of all mandatory field trips. The cost of an optional field trip is not included in your course tuition fee, and a separate fee will apply. Please contact our Enquiry Centre (see 'Contact us') if you would like more information about the field trip(s) on this course.

Learning and assessment


Years 1 and 2 will give you a good grounding in all aspects of equine science and thoroughbred management.
Year 1 modules include:

  • Equine Breeding
  • Stud Practice
  • The International Thoroughbred Industry
  • Equine Anatomy and Physiology
  • Skills for Life Scientists.

In Year 2 you’ll study a combination of compulsory and optional modules to deepen your understanding. You will also make an informed choice about where to spend your work placement.

You will spend Year 3 on placement in industry either in the UK or abroad. You can elect to spend time in one or more locations and we encourage you to use this time to explore the industry. Many students also use this time to collect data for dissertations in their final year.

In your Final Year you will choose from a range of optional modules, such as:

  • Equine Genetics
  • Training and Developing the Racehorse
  • Equine Ethics and Welfare
  • International Stud Management
  • Equestrian Land Management.

You will also write a dissertation about a subject that suits your interests.

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Study modules

Year 1

Optional modules

Equine Anatomy and Physiology (double)

Equine Breeding and Stud Practice

Equine Business

International Thoroughbred Industry

Practical Horse Husbandry

Skills for Life Scientists (double)

Year 2

Optional modules

Applied Industry Project

Dissertation or Final Project (double)

Equestrian Event and Racecourse Management

Equestrian Land Management

Equine Behaviour

Equine Ethics and Welfare

Equine Genetics

Equine Medicine and Veterinary Techniques (double)

Equine Nutrition

Equine Performance Science

Equine Endocrine and Reproductive Physiology

Evolution and Animal Development (double)

Haematology and Immunology

Independent Study in Life Sciences

Infection, Immunity and Immunology

Injury and Rehabilitation (double)

International Business

International Stud Management

Introduction to People Management

Microbiology

Research Methods for Sport and Health Sciences

Training and Developing the Racehorse

Year 3 (placement year)

Optional modules

Placement year

Year 3 will be spent on work placement at a thoroughbred institution of your choice, either in the UK or abroad. Students have worked in thoroughbred marketing, at racecourses, equine rehabilitation centres and international thoroughbred studs, with bloodstock agents, and for well-recognised thoroughbred trainers. Market research indicates that the thoroughbred industry places great value on work experience, providing you with a distinct advantage in the graduate job market. Any research undertaken, or data collected, during this time may be used to form the basis of your final-year dissertation project, subject to gaining permission from your employer.

Year 4

Optional modules

Choose from the modules listed in year 2

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

The majority of teaching takes place here at Oxford Brookes. In the first year, you will spend one day a week at the stud farm At Witney & Abingdon College.

The farm runs as a commercial enterprise so you will gain real-life experience of the day-to-day management of a stud farm. Facilities include modern dissection laboratories for teaching anatomy and physiology modules.
We organise guest lectures and external visits. This helps you to stay informed about the latest research in the industry.

You will also have opportunities to take part in research or commercial projects.

Other teaching methods include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • group projects
  • independent research.
  • Lectures and seminars
  • Placement
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.)

Year 1

  • Lectures and seminars - 31%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 69%

Year 2

  • Lectures and seminars - 30%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 70%

Year 3 (placement year)

  • Lectures and seminars - 0%
  • Placement - 100%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 0%

Year 4

  • Lectures and seminars - 18%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 82%

Learning and teaching percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

Field trips

Trips are arranged by module leaders to strengthen the learning experience and help link theory to practice. Visits in recent years have included a variety of studs, artificial insemination and embryo transfer specialist centres, UK and international conferences and Tattersalls sales, as well as racecourses, training establishments and seed specialists.

For field trip costs see the Tuition fees section. 

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

Throughout the course we place emphasis on transferable skills. We assess these skills during individual modules. 
 
We use a variety of assessment methods.
 
At least 50% of the assessment in all modules is coursework-based. Project work is assessed entirely by coursework.

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

Year 1

  • Written exams - 26%
  • Coursework - 64%
  • Practical exams - 10%

Year 2

  • Written exams - 43%
  • Coursework - 44%
  • Practical exams - 13%

Year 3 (placement year)

  • Written exams - 0%
  • Coursework - 0%
  • Practical exams - 100%

Year 4

  • Written exams - 33%
  • Coursework - 58%
  • Practical exams - 9%

Assessment method percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

Study Abroad


Many students undertake their work experience abroad and this enriches their final year of study. Students have worked in large veterinary hospitals and international thoroughbred breeding centres in Australia, the USA and Ireland.
 

After you graduate


Career prospects

This course will equip you for a variety of roles in research, business and industry. Contacts made in the industry placement and specialisation in Years 3 and 4 will help to determine your career path. Recent graduates have secured roles at Coolmore Stud in Australia, Dalham Hall Stud in the UK, Newbury racecourse, the British Horseracing Authority and various non-thoroughbred enterprises.

Others have secured roles in owner services at Weatherbys, gained entry into veterinary colleges or continued in higher education with a Veterinary Physiotherapy MSc, for example, or other postgraduate options such as PhDs or MBAs. Other potential destinations include careers as equine scientists, yard managers, insurance agents, bloodstock agents, trainee accountants, nutritionists, journalists, facility managers and equine business advisers, and roles in nominations sales and pharmaceutical sales, as well as non-equine marketing and HR positions.

Free language courses


Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Information from Unistats


Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.