Equine Science and Thoroughbred Management, BSc (Hons)

Course code: EHCM050P

Subject area: Equine Studies

Study level: Undergraduate

Course level: H

Course details

9:00am - 8:00pm


13th Sep 2021 - 27th Jun 2025

Common Leys Farm

Contact details


01993 208148

A joint venture between Oxford Brookes University and Abingdon & Witney College, this four-year course is the only dedicated degree of its kind in the UK.

The course provides a flexible approach that will enable students to apply theoretical knowledge to their work within the Thoroughbred industry. You will go on trips to research centres, studs, racecourses and sales, enabling you to see how the industry works and preparing you for future employment. Respected industry figures also deliver guest lectures. The combination of modules from across equine, life sciences and business subject areas allows students to graduate with a combination of scientific literacy and management skills.

Students will typically attend approximately 12 hours of lectures a week and are required to spend additional time independently on self-directed study.

The course benefits from a unique mentor panel which includes industry professionals representing a broad range of careers. Trips and guest speakers from Industry, help strengthen links to the workplace and development of skills for employment. Staff involved with the delivery, teaching and assessment of the course have a range of industry experience and academic skills and a keen involvement within research.

Teaching methods vary from module to module. You will experience lectures, laboratory-based activities, seminars, peer and self-assessment, online resources and tutorial support. To increase accessibility, some modules are delivered online, giving students a real opportunity to study in their own time. Modules are assessed in most cases by coursework and exams.

This course is validated by Oxford Brookes University. Applications are made via UCAS – code D422.

Year 1:
The Practising Scientist
Equine Anatomy and Physiology
Equine Business
The International Equine and Thoroughbred Racing Industry
Equine Behaviour and cognition
Applied Equine Health

Year 2:
Compulsory modules:
Research Methods
Equestrian Land and Resource Management 1
Thoroughbred Breeding and Stud Practice
Equine Nutrition
Exercise Physiology

Optional Modules:
Equestrian Event and Racecourse Management

Year 3:
Industry Placement and Personal Development 1 and 2

Year 4:
Compulsory modules:
Ethics for Racing and Sports Horses
Advanced development for the racing and performance equine athlete
Applied Equine Rehabilitation
Bloodstock Production and Management

Optional Modules:
Equestrian Land and Resource Management 2
Equestrian Event and Racecourse Management
Critical Care of the Neonate
Graduates of the Equine Science and Thoroughbred Management degree are equipped with an up-to-date understanding of scientific principles and management theories, as well as the skills to implement them, whether progressing into employment within the equine industry or elsewhere.

Successful graduates will be well placed for a career as an equine scientist, stud manager, racehorse trainer, bloodstock agent, racing administrator racecourse manager and equine therapist.
GCSE Mathematics, English Language and Double Integrated Science at 4/C grade or above (or equivalent) and 3 A Levels, one preferably being Biology.

Typical offers are A Level grades BBC or equivalent to 112 UCAS tariff points (new tariff). Equivalent grades in other recognised qualifications (such as BTEC Nationals, City & Guilds, Advanced Technical Extended Diploma, or Scottish qualifications).

Practical equine experience is desirable but not a pre-requisite for entry. Mature students with relevant experience are welcomed as a positive addition to the course. Higher National Diploma and Foundation Degree routes into the course are also available.

If you do not have a Biology A Level, we encourage you to consider one our HND or foundation degrees.

English Language Requirements (For students whose first language is not English): IELTS 6.0 (with 6.0 in reading and writing, 5.5 in listening and speaking).

We include students with disabilities and/or learning difficulties into the life of the College and seek to offer opportunities for success in all courses at all levels. If you have any particular requirements, please contact our Learning Support Adviser on 01235 216440.
Home/EU tuition fee is £9,250 per year. International tuition fee is £14,800 per year.

All fees are payable to Oxford Brookes University at enrolment.

You can find information on our fees and on Student Finance at www.abingdon-witney.ac.uk/support/fees-bursaries. Please note tuition fees may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by the University and all college partners.

Students are required to have their own personal protective equipment for handling horses. If this is not already owned then it will need to be acquired; riding hat, riding boots, yard boots. Students are required to purchase these independently and these items can be found in most country stores or equestrian tack shops.

All learning resources are available in the University library and online, but students may wish to purchase their own specific textbooks. Prices range from £25-250.

Students will need to budget for transport costs between sites. Typically, in Year 1, students will travel to Witney once per week in semester 1, with bus tickets costing £6.40 return. In Years 2 and 4, students will typically travel to Common Leys Farm campus at a similar cost by public transport 3 or 4 times for practical sessions linked to Injury and Rehabilitation and Equestrian Land Management.

16 - 18 Fee

19+ Fee

19+ Reduced Fee

BSc (Hons) Equine Science and Thoroughbred Management. Awarded by Oxford Brookes University.
There are many different methods of learning on this course. The teaching is a combination of theory and student centred activities where formative feedback is provided to support elements of the assessment.

Modules are assessed in most cases by a mix of coursework and examinations. Coursework will include a range of assessment methods, for example: essays, report writing, presentations, and practical observations. Examinations include short and long answer questions, multiple choice questions, and case studies.

Formal assignments will be returned to students within three weeks of the submission date.