HND Animal Management (Equine Management)

A distinctive programme that offers an insight into equine science, practical husbandry and equestrian business management.

A HND in Equine Management at Burrows Lane (one of Reaseheath’s outreach centres) will ensure you have all the skills required to start your equestrian career. The programme is ideal for Level 3 learners, or experienced individuals, looking to enhance their knowledge and understanding of a range of roles and opportunities that exist within the equine industry.  

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Course Overview

This course integrates equine science and business management modules with the development of practical and laboratory skills, delivered within the commercial setting of Burrows Lane Equestrian Centre, Merseyside with periodic delivery at University Centre Reaseheath.

Course Features

  • Equine science, business and practical modules 
  • Weekly riding opportunities  
  • Training for BHS exams from Stage 1 – 3, incl. Coaching Pathway qual 
  • Live equestrian events 
  • Learn how to set up own business 
  • Transferable laboratory skills  
  • Trips and visits to industry partners 
  • National and international guest speakers

Career Options

  • Running own equestrian business
  • Events management
  • Rehabilitation and therapy centre management
  • Performance and competition horse management
  • Equine behavioural therapy
  • Equine welfare
  • Laboratory work

BSc Equine Behaviour and Welfare (Top-up)

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

Course Information

At level 5, students undertake a Work Experience unit. Students will be given the opportunity to identify and plan their own skills development in line with a chosen career path or direction. It will be expected that students negotiate and agree work experience in an appropriate work context, approved by the employer and academic supervisor. They will monitor and record evidence from the tasks and activities that they undertake, to allow them to evaluate the process and any shortcomings in their development going forward. Similarly, the programme also supports the students in gaining work based/placement learning on a paid or voluntary basis.

All modules are studied as part of the programme with 240 credits required for the HND.

  • 1  Animal Health and Welfare
  • 2  Business and the Business Environment
  • 3  Managing a Successful Project
  • 6  Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • 12  Horse Husbandry
  • 13  Management of Equine Facilities
  • 19  Horse Human Relationship
  • 20  Equestrian Performance
  • 23  Biological Principles
  • 24  Research Project
  • 31  Equine Health and Disease
  • 32  Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • 38  Horse Event Management
  • 39  Advanced Equine Performance
  • 41  Work Experience

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

All learning is in a small group of 20 students or less.

Please note – this information is subject to change.


All units must be achieved for progression onto the next level of study.

Formative and Summative Assessment

Students are able to receive feedback on draft work, and detailed feedback on their first assignment submission where they can also view the similarity mapping on Turnitin but this is then switched off for subsequent submissions.

There is a varied assessment diet on the programme which includes the following:

  • Written scientific reports
  • Case-study reports
  • Presentations
  • Self-running PowerPoints
  • Seminars
  • Practical assessments including the use of gait analysis
  • Self-evaluation exercises
  • Phase tests
  • Live debate


Academic regulations summary which includes plagiarism is outlined below:

Important information for students:

Word count:

Students are expected to keep within the specified word limit and include a word count (as a header or a footer).

Should the assignment exceed this limit, it is liable to incur a penalty.

Late submissions:

Late submission of an assessment will result in a grade of ‘None Submission’ (N/S) being recorded.

Where a student has submitted work after the summative deadline, the tutor will decline to grade the work in question.

If there are specific reasons why the work is submitted late then students are able to apply for mitigating circumstances to waive the late penalty. This is subject to approval and requires evidence to support your application.


  • If you find that you are unable to complete the work by the specified time, please contact the module leader as early as possible prior to the submission date to discuss your options.
  • Failure to submit an assessment by the published summative deadline will result in a grade of ‘None Submission’ (N/S) being recorded.
  • Extensions for individual items for coursework may be requested before the submission date on the grounds that illness or an accident or a personal crisis or factors outside the student’s control have adversely affected or will adversely affect the time available for completion of the assignment.  See the Assessment Regulations Handbook on the UCR Student Hub for further details.

Academic Integrity:

  • University Centre Reaseheath values its students’ contribution to the necessary quality of its academic standards and awards by adhering to the principles of academic integrity and fair play in assessment. These standards are upheld when students, completing work for assessment, act honestly and take responsibility for the fair presentation of the contents of any work they produce for assessment.
  • This means that students will do nothing that has the potential for them to gain an unfair advantage in assessment.

Timetable involves delivery predominantly at Burrows Lane Equestrian Centre but with visits to University Centre Reaseheath to support delivery of some modules. These visits have currently been scheduled for Fridays next year (2020/21) but not yet been confirmed.

Attendance is 4 days a week which includes a study period where students can access IT facilities on-site for assignment completion.

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

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

Students 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.

Please note 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

Burrows Lane Equestrian Centre

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