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.
Former hotel manager Jo Wilkinson joined the hospitality sector after school and worked her way up to manager level. But by the age of 20, she realised that she hated the job, so she decided to look for something new.
Since childhood, Jo had enjoyed working with, and being around horses. An internet search found Derby College's Level 3 National Diploma in Horse Management. Still unsure of her future, Jo decided to enrol.
Now, seven years after leaving the hotel, and a string of qualifications later, she is enjoying life as a lecturer...teaching a new generation of students at Broomfield Hall.
She so impressed College staff with her studies and commitment that she has now found a new niche working with students.
Jo was the first Distinction* student on the course. She began working at Broomfield as a weekend "yardie," did further work in the week and then became a supervisor.
She said the Diploma exceeded her expectations, with the college also providing her with BHS industry qualifications. She was encouraged to gain further BHS qualifications, including her Level 3 in Teaching and Education, which enables her to work in the classroom.
Now Jo particularly enjoys practical work with her students with the horses in the yard, as well as researching new areas for the classroom.
The small team means that "everybody knows everybody" and students get all the support they need.
You're not just a number here. And seeing the place develop from when I was a student to how it was now – over seven years –we've got so many more facilities.
It's a nice environment. Students are pushed to achieve more than a minimum qualification. They get proper training and all the staff are highly qualified.