FdSc Equine Training and Rehabilitation

Is working at the forefront of equine training, rehabilitation and welfare the next step on your equine journey? 

If so, then this programme is for you. This course will provide you with unique skills to combine an understanding of equine behaviour, training and rehabilitation reflective of current needs within the equine industry. 

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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.  

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 
  • Advocacy & communication 
  • Policy advisory  

BSc Equine Behaviour & Welfare (Top-up)

This course can be followed by a one year Top-up course to gain a full honours degree.

Course Information

In the first year of study for the FdSc Equine Training and Rehabilitation you will study core modules which are compulsory to take. In the second year you will study a combination of compulsory and optional modules.

  • A minimum of 64 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 MPP in an Animal or Science related subject
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) – a minimum of grade MM in an Animal or Science related subject
  • City & Guilds Level 3 Technical Advanced Extended Diploma (1080 – first awarded in 2019) – a minimum of grade MPP in an Animal or Science related subject
  • City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (720 – first awarded in 2019) – a minimum of grade MM in an Animal 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 Global Industry
  • RC4038 Equine Groundwork
  • RC4039 Equine Training Theories
  • RC4111 Scientific Data Collection & Analysis
  • RC4503 Introduction to Behaviour in Animals
  • RC4520 Comparative Functional Anatomy & Physiology
  • RC5509 Research Methods 
  • RC5502 Work Based Learning OR RC5508 Experiential Learning 
  • RC5035 Equine Behaviour Modification and Handling 
  • RC5002 Equine Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics 
  • RC5036 Equine Injury and Rehabilitation 
  • RC5040 Behavioural Physiology and Cognition OR RC5511 Animal Nutrition

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:  

32% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity 

Teaching, Learning and Assessment:       380 hours 

Placement:                                                         130 hours 

Independent Study:                                        690 hours 


Year 2:  

24% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity 

Teaching, Learning and Assessment:       288 hours 

Placement:                                                         50 hours 

Independent Study:                                        862 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, 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. Assessment weighting varies depending on course and year of study. For more information please see our Course Information on our website. 


Opportunities for feedback on your progress will be available throughout your course. This will be provided in many formats, including written and verbal. Feedback on graded work is supplied via Turnitin or directly from the module tutor. The majority of assessment submissions are made via Turnitin and feedback for coursework is provided within 20 working days after the submission date. If for unforeseen reasons this is not possible, the reasons will be communicated to the students within 2 weeks and the feedback prioritised within the department. 

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. 

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

During the second-year students are required to undertake work placements as a mandatory part of the course. 

The responsibility of finding a suitable placement lies with the student who is also responsible for any related financial requirements. However, support will be provided as part of the placement module.  

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 64 UCAS points

September 2022
September 2023

Full-time: 2 years

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