BSc (Hons) in Equine Bioveterinary Science

Combine your passion for both equine and science with this technical course and explore the science behind the latest advances in the equine industry.

You will study key veterinary science modules from Equine Health and Epidemiology to Veterinary Microbiology and Immunology during this three-year course, while you develop key laboratory skills which will be essential when working in scientific and technical roles within the industry.

In preparation for your rewarding career, you will also gain a good understanding of the scientific principles and management practices associated with maintaining optimal equine health and full athletic performance.

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Course Overview

You will develop your ability to identify and solve problems within the sphere of equine science, as well as advancing your interest and understanding of equine related scientific research. This will stand you in good stead to conduct ground-breaking research of your own.  

Course Features

  • Explore equine science research 
  • Study nutrition, welfare, ethics and equine rehabilitation  
  • Gain practical experience in our labs  
  • Receive extensive input from industry partners 

Career Options

  • Consultancy 
  • Equine rehabilitation 
  • Equine nutrition 
  • Research and development in equine and para-veterinary fields 
  • Equine research 
  • Veterinary physiotherapy 
  • Pharmaceutical sales 

Course Information

The course focuses on the latest advances in equine science providing graduates with a foundation in the scientific skills essential to the equine industry. The BSc (Hons) in Equine Bioveterinary Science at Reaseheath offers both academic excellence and student satisfaction.

  • A minimum of 96 tariff points from A and AS levels to include Biology
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) – a minimum of grade MMM in an Animal, Equine or Science related subject
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) – a minimum of grade DD in an Animal, Equine or Science related subject
  • City & Guilds Level 3 Technical Advanced Extended Diploma (1080 – first awarded in 2019) – a minimum of grade MMM in an Animal, Equine or Science related subject
  • City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (720 – first awarded in 2019) – a minimum of grade DD in an Animal, Equine or Science related subject
  • Mature students (aged 21+) will be considered on an individual basis on their prior knowledge and experience. This may be assessed by interview, completion of coursework/essay or other methods. There may be a requirement for a formal qualification to be completed first e.g. Access to Higher Education course
  • RC4036  Equids in the global industry
  • RC4037  Introduction to genetics and breeding
  • RC4040  Veterinary biosciences
  • RC4111  Scientific data collection and analysis
  • RC4503  Introduction to behaviour in animals
  • RC4520  Comparative functional anatomy and physiology
  • RC5002  Equine exercise physiology and biomechanics
  • RC5037  Equine health and epidemiology
  • RC5509  Research methods
  • RC5511  Animal nutrition


  • RC5038  Advances in equine breeding
  • RC5039  Veterinary physiology and microbiology
  • RC5502  Work based learning for the land based industries
  • RC5508  Experiential learning
  • RC6024  Advanced equine nutrition
  • RC6025  Advanced equine welfare and ethics
  • RC6027  Recent advances in equine science
  • RC6506  Dissertation at Reaseheath


  • RC6007  Biomechanical analysis of equestrian performance
  • RC6028  Veterinary microbiology and immunology
  • RC6515  Animal parasitology

Optional modules run subject to sufficient uptake. Module selection will take place during induction week each year and confirmation of a module running will take place at this time. 

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity, plus field trips. Your actual contact hours may depend on which optional modules you select, but the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each year of the course: 


Year 1:  

33% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity 

Teaching, Learning and Assessment:       400 hours 

Independent Study:                                        800 hours 


Year 2:  

23% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity 

Teaching, Learning and Assessment:       277 hours 

Placement:                                                         100 hours 

Independent Study:                                        823 hours 


Year 3:  

16% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity 

Teaching, Learning and Assessment:       189 hours 

Independent Study:                                        1011 hours 

Class sizes vary between 10 and 50 students. 

Please note – this information is subject to change

Assessment Methods

Assessments are designed to encourage both academic skills and skills valued in the workplace. They include a combination of coursework and examinations. Coursework may take many forms including: essays, reports, data processing, presentations, academic posters, seminar discussions, interviews, critical reviews, portfolios of evidence and practical competency assessments. The examinations vary, depending on the nature of the module, but may take the form of multiple-choice papers, essays, practical assessments, data handling questions, short answer quizzes, and in class examinations. 

The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows: 


Year 1 

68% coursework 

32% written exams 


Year 2 

79% coursework 

25% written exams 

6% practical 


Year 3 

66% coursework 

30% written exams 

4% practical 


Feedback is supplied via Turnitin or directly from the module tutor. The majority of submissions are made via Turnitin and feedback for coursework is provided within twenty working days after the submission date. 

Written feedback will be supported verbally should the student require clarification. Formative assessment feedback will be provided at the time of completion where possible, with more detailed summative feedback for reports. 

Please note – this information is subject to change.

During induction week, the students are given an Induction Timetable, which is located within a course specific brochure.

Students have the option of completing the level 5 module ‘Work Based Learning for the Land Based Industries’ (or RC5508 Experiential Learning) which includes 150 hours of work experience. 

The responsibility of finding a suitable placement lies with the student who is also responsible for any related financial requirements. 

Please note – this information is subject to change.

Tuition Fees

As a student at UCR, you will have two main costs to meet; your tuition fees and living costs.

Our full-time tuition fees for UK and EU students, entering University, can be found on our student finance page. These fees are charged for each academic year of a course and are set by the college annually.

Tuition fees for international students can also be found on our student finance page.

Additional Costs

For practical sessions at the equestrian centre, learners are expected to purchase their own uniform (yard wear – as specified by the Equestrian Centre in joining instructions).

As identified previously, students are required to undertake a work placement in a location of their own choosing. The responsibility of finding a suitable placement lies with the student who is also responsible for any related financial requirements.

Students also have the option to undertake a secondary qualification. The training fees for the first qualification are paid for by the college and payment of the examination fee is the responsibility of the student. If students wish to undertake more than one secondary qualification, they may do so but will need to pay the training fees in addition to the examination fee.

Equipment Costs

Student can expect costs to be in the region of £300, to include PPE of an approved riding hat, riding boots, gloves, and a good waterproof coat (without a hood) as well as navy blue jodhpurs and navy-blue polo shirt.

Prices of equipment are subject to change dependent on retailer.


Apply directly through UCAS

A minimum of 96 UCAS points

September 2022
September 2023

Full-time: 3 years

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