The FDSc Equine Studies is specifically designed to combine the development of your academic knowledge and understanding with relevant vocational skills and competencies.
Through active participation in the course, you will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of current equine scientific knowledge and its application to the practical environment. You will also develop an awareness of event management and marketing techniques, including social media strategies, in order to promote entrepreneurship and business growth.
This modular programme will be delivered through engaging lectures and practical studies in our laboratories and on-site equestrian centre and through work-based learning, equivalent to one day per week on placement. This will be enhanced through field day trips (mandatory and voluntary) to enable you to apply theory to practice.
Your learning will be supported by our highly qualified teaching team who have a wealth of academic and professional experience in many specialist areas. Guest speakers will also ensure that you receive the most up-to-date professional experience and knowledge.
Delivered at the Derby College Broomfield Hall Campus, the programme includes 15 hours of taught material each week with a minimum of 15 hours of expected self-study per week. This programme will run with a minimum of six students. In 16-17 we enrolled 13 students onto this programme.
Upon completion, you will achieve a Foundation Degree from the University of Derby.
This programme is validated by the University of Derby and regulated by HEFCE.
All applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss their qualifications, experience and any other related issues.
You should have one of the following:
All applicants should also have at least four GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A*C) to include English, Maths and Science.
All applicants should also meet minimum riding requirements:
BHS qualifications would be advantageous but not essential.
We also welcome suitably experienced applicants who may lack institutional qualifications. All such applicants will be interviewed and may be set an appropriate piece of work upon which a judgement will be made, taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience.
You will need to be aged 18 or over at the beginning of the course.
All applicants are subject to approval from the University of Derby
While on the programme, you will be assessed using a variety of methods including: assignments, practical work, reports, group presentations and poster presentations.
All assessment methods have been designed to focus on skills specific to the industry while incorporating key transferable skills.
You will need to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) for practical work at a cost of approximately £70. This will include: body protector, steel toe capped boots and a riding hat at current standards. You will also be expected to purchase a Derby College HE Equine T-shirt and sweatshirt which costs approximately £60 in total. You will also need to contribute towards any industry-relevant trips and visits which are estimated to cost approximately £100 and will be payable at the time of the planned trip or visit.
Upon successful completion of this two-year programme, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to pursue a new career or advance an existing one in a wide variety of equestrian businesses, including self-employment.
The programme will provide excellent practical skills, enabling you to develop necessary industrial experience in a range of contexts.
The Foundation Degree also provides an ideal platform to top-up to a Level 6 (degree) programme specialising in a wide variety of subjects such as Equine Exercise and Physiology, and Training and Developing Horses.
Schoolgirl Emily Field had no idea her hobby could turn into a career until she went to a Derby College Open Evening.
Hailing from a family which is "not horsey at all ", Emily now has a string of equine qualifications at the age of just 22.
Emily was unsure what she wanted to do after her GCSEs. But as a keen rider – although she did not have her own horse at the time – the equine courses stood out.
Enthused by the open evening, she decided to pursue the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management, although she admits she was nervous.
She worried that she might be left behind because she was not from a "horsey" background and didn't own her own horse.
Instead, she thrived, and found the environment friendly and helpful.
Emily described the course as "very practical", which suited her style of learning, with most days spent on the yard. It also included more scientific areas such as equine feeding, digestion and sickness.
Emily completed her Diploma in 2013, with Passes and Merits and also took her industry qualifications BHS levels 1 and 2.
Overall, she said she "pretty much learned everything I needed to know" to put into practice as a groom when she left college.
Emily has now worked at two horse yards and is enjoying her latest job at a stud yard in Nottinghamshire. She has also gained her BHS levels 3 and 4 as well as a teaching qualification.
The Diploma was just so helpful. When I was leaving school I didn't even know you could get involved with horses as a full-time career and a proper job. It gave me a base to move upwards, I don't think I'd be able to be where I am now without it. I've been at the stud yard since September and it's entirely different to anything I've before, but I really enjoy it. I think my boss is happy with what I'm doing and I'm happy here.