BSc (Hons) Equine Behaviour and Welfare (Top-Up)

If you want to enhance your training for employment in the performance and leisure horse industry, in fields of equine training, equine behaviour management and behaviour rehabilitation, this one-year top-up degree is for you.

Explore the scientific and behavioural theory underlying training techniques, as well as the factors which affect normal equine behaviour, both on the ground and whilst being ridden in this progressive programme. 

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Course Overview

With guidance from our expert staff, you will develop an understanding of equine behaviour, and learning theory and how this is used to more effectively apply training techniques. Emphasis is placed upon establishing the links between key areas of equine rehabilitation including behaviour modification, biomechanics, injury and exercise physiology.

Understanding natural behaviour and how this can be used to inform positive training methods is a key part of the programme.

Course Features

  • Physical rehabilitation techniques
  • Behaviour change and training
  • Biomechanics and gait analysis
  • Data collection using the latest technology
  • Opportunity to work towards current British Horse Society qualifications
  • Field and industry visits
  • Expert industry guest speakers

Career Options

  • Physical rehabilitation & therapy
  • Equine education
  • Equine welfare field officer
  • Rehabilitation officer/manager
  • Equine science – advocacy & communication
  • Equine Science – policy advisory

Course Information

Modules (all at 20 credits with the exception of the dissertation module which is a double credit module at 40 credits) including:

  • RC6003 Dissertation
  • RC6025 Advanced Equine Welfare and Ethics
  • RC6026 Equine Clinical Behaviour
  • RC6027 Recent Advances in Equine Sciences
  • RC6030 Advances in Complementary Therapy
  • RC6526 Animal Assisted Interventions

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity, plus field trips. 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: 16% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity 

Teaching, Learning and Assessment: 189 hours 

Independent Study: 1,011 hours 

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, case studies, consultations, presentations, academic posters, seminar discussions, patient history assessments, 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 essays, case study assessments and data handling questions.

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:

The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework and examination is as follows:

Year 1

65% coursework

35% written exams


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.

Students will be able to access course timetables for the academic year in September.

Timetables are subject to change, but most students can expect to spend 3-3.5 days per week on campus.

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.

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

Relevant Foundation degree

September 2022
September 2023

Full-time: 1 year

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