BTEC Higher National Diploma in Equine Management (QCF)

The BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Equine Management aims to:

  • equip individuals with knowledge, understanding and skills for successful employment in the equine and allied industries
  • enable progression to an undergraduate degree or further professional qualifications in related areas
  • provide opportunities for specialist study relevant to individual vocations and contexts
  • develop the individual’s ability in the equine and allied industries through effective use and combination of the knowledge and skills gained in different parts of the programme                          

Course Details

 

Academic Level: Higher Education Level 4 and 5
Number of units/modules: 16
Study Hours per Unit: 150
Total Hours:  2400
Course Duration:  36 months
Study Week Requirements: 3x compulsory 5 day study weeks

 

 

As with all TOCES programmes, you will receive detailed study material – each module comprises two work assignments which are completed at home and sent in for tutor assessment and feedback.

The first assignment in each module are formative work assignments designed to prepare you for the second assignment, a summative work assignment which contributes towards your overall grade. The overall grade of your qualification will reflect the grades achieved in your assignments and practical assessments. In addition to receiving a graded BTEC Diploma awarded by Pearson (BTEC), you will receive a TOCES certificate.

This course includes Study Weeks to support the distance learning material.

Study Weeks consists of lectures, practical sessions, tutorials and assessments and is designed to build upon the subjects studied through the distance learning material, with the emphasis on ‘hands-on’ practical work.

  1. Aged 18 years and over
  2. Non-native English speakers or who have not studied the final two years of school in English, must demonstrate capability in English at a standard commensurate with IELTS 5.5
  3. Learners who have recently been in education should have at least one of the following:
  • BTEC level 3 qualification in Horse Management
  • GCE level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or an adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C
  • other related level 3 qualifications
  • an Access to Higher Education Certificate received from an approved further education institution
  • related work experience.
  1. Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.

Module / Unit Details

Pearson (BTEC) are the UK’s largest awarding body and we are regulated by Ofqual (England), SQA Accreditation (Scotland), CCEA Accreditation (Northern Ireland) and Qualifications Wales (Wales). Pearson offer academic and vocational qualifications that are globally recognised and benchmarked.

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Grassland Management

This unit focuses on the management of grassland, one of the prime components of the British landscape. Learners will learn to identify and assess different types of grassland, evaluate their potential and make recommendations for their improvement. They will explore practical aspects of grassland management and improvement and will investigate the production of forage crops.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

  1. Understand the contribution of different plant species in a variety of sward types
  2. Understand factors contributing to sward quality
  3. Be able to improve grassland quality
  4. Understand techniques used in producing conserved forages suitable for horses.
Biological Principles

Biological principles are the key to an understanding of the basis of life and are core to learners’ exploration of the living organisms they work with. This will enable learners to understand and interpret a wide range of biological evidence essential to making informed scientific decisions.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

  1. Understand the relationship between the structure and function of plant and/or animal cells and tissues
  2. Understand the organisation of cells and tissues into organ systems in plants and/or animals
  3. Understand the importance and role of homeostasis in plants and/or animals
  4. Be able to investigate fundamental biological principles in plants and/or animals
  5. Understand basic biochemical principles in plant and/or animals.
Anatomy and Physiology

In this unit learners will develop understanding of the structure, function and maintenance of the animal body. They will develop understanding of how animal bodies are supported physically and achieve movement, using bones and muscles. Learners will examine the different systems within the animal body and how they contribute to metabolism and waste excretion to maintain health. Learners will also research how new animals are produced through study of reproductive anatomy and physiology. The unit helps learners to apply understanding of environmental requirements, effective monitoring of animal health and successful animal management.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

  1. Understand how animals achieve physiological support and movement
  2. Understand body transport systems
  3. Understand how animals obtain raw materials for metabolism and excrete waste
  4. Understand animal reproductive processes.
Horse Husbandry

In this unit learners will develop a broad understanding of the regular routines and high standards of horse welfare which need to be implemented and maintained when caring for horses. Learners will be given opportunities to build on their understanding of horse husbandry and apply it in sound, practical settings.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

  1. Understand how to manage and supervise the daily care of stabled and field-kept horses
  2. Understand how to manage and supervise stable routines and the maintenance of yards and equipment
  3. Understand horse health and care
  4. Be able to manage the preparation of horses for given scenarios.
Equine Nutrition

Feeding horses for maintenance, breeding, growth, performance or health requires knowledge of equine nutrition and animal husbandry.  Equine nutrition is a growing discipline in which there have been many advances made recently.  However, despite the advancement of nutritional science, practical feeding also requires a degree of experience and horsemanship.

This unit aims to equip learners with the necessary background knowledge of equine nutrition and puts this information into context by reference to the horse’s normal biochemistry and physiology.  The unit brings together theory and practice, with the aim of enabling the learner to make informed decisions concerning practical feeding situations.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

  1. Discuss energy sources in the equine diet
  2. Analyse the digestive physiology of the horse
  3. Discuss the nutrient requirements of the horse
  4. Evaluate the nature and production of horse feeds
Equine Health Management

This unit will familiarise the student with the infective agents and the way in which they cause disease.  An understanding of the routes of transmission can help the equine manager prevent the occurrence of disease within the equine population in his or her care.

The principles of immunology and vaccination are discussed.

This unit introduces the learner to equine first aid, emergency care and the principles that underpin the study of equine injury and disease. It will help learners develop an understanding of the application of first aid to prevent deterioration and promote healing and recovery.  The learner will investigate the different types of wound sustained by horses and how to deal with such wounds.

The care of the sick or injured horse is covered, including important aspects such as feeding and the administration of medication.  Methods of quarantining and isolating horses are discussed including the importance, and processes to ensure, effective hygiene.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

  1. Identify the causative agents and routes of transmission for a number of common diseases
  2. Discuss the management of horses in terms of accident, injury and disease prevention
  3. Describe the principles of equine first aid
  4. Discuss management of the sick horse
Equine Exercise Physiology

This unit gives detailed knowledge of the physiological effect of exercise and training on the different equine body systems. An understanding of fittening techniques and principles will be covered, these are vital to production of successful performance horses. Evaluating methods of fittening the horse and studying the science of biomechanics, gait and conformation will develop learners’ appreciation of factors that may affect performance. Finally, learners will examine how performance can be enhanced through understanding correct nutrition and the potential of neutraceuticals.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

  1. Understand the physiological effect of exercise and training upon different equine body systems
  2. Understand the science of biomechanics, gait and conformation
  3. Understand different fittening programmes and methods of monitoring fitness
  4. Understand how performance can be enhanced.
Manage the Breeding of Horses

This unit gives learners a broad understanding of the routines and high standards needed in the management of the breeding of horses. Learners are given the opportunity to gain and build knowledge of breeding policy, covering, selection of breeding stock, stallion and mare reproductive anatomy, and record keeping within a stud enterprise. The application of this knowledge takes place in a sound, practical setting. Achievement of this unit will contribute to a learner’s success within the equine industry, whether in a private or professional capacity.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

  1. Be able to manage the breeding programme according to agreed policies
  2. Understand the policies and procedures for controlling and organising the breeding of horses
Manage Foaling and Care of the Foal

This unit gives learners a broad understanding of the high standards which are needed when managing foaling and caring for foals and brood mares. Learners are given the opportunity to gain and build on their knowledge of foaling and care of foals and brood mares, applying this in a sound, practical setting. Achievement of this unit will contribute to a learner’s success within the equine industry, whether in a private or professional capacity.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

  1. Be able to manage the foaling process and subsequent care of the foal
  2. Understand the foaling process and subsequent care of the foal
  3. Understand the problems that can occur during the foaling process.
Equine Sports Medicine

This unit enables learners to develop an appreciation of the physical and environmental stresses to which the modern performance horse is subject and the effect that they may have on health and performance. The unit gives learners the knowledge to minimise the risks to the performance horse, recognise injury and take the most appropriate action should problems occur. An understanding of conventional and alternative therapies will learners knowledge of how equine athletes might be returned to previous levels of performance.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

  1. Understand factors predisposing the performance horse to injury and performance-related problems
  2. Understand the mechanisms of injury and repair related to the musculo-skeletal system
  3. Understand treatment and rehabilitation following injury
  4. Understand complementary and alternative therapies available.
Behavioural Science

Behavioural Science                                                                                                      

This unit examines the evolutionary processes involved in the development of the modern day equidae and aims to promote an appreciation of the major effects that domestication has had on horses, particularly with respect to influences upon their natural patterns of behaviour.

The learner will investigate the evolution of the horse, which began some 65 million years ago, whilst evaluating the extent to which the horse’s survival has depended upon adaptive behaviour patterns that have enabled it to exploit a diverse range of habitats. Many aspects of domestication conflict with the natural behaviour of the horse and the knowledge gained from this unit will enable learners to consider how important an influence this is with respect to the welfare of horses as they are kept today.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

  1. Understand the evolution of modern equidae
  2. Understand common terms and show awareness of the basic theories and concepts in behavioural science
  3. Recognise normal behaviour in feral and domesticated horses
  4. Recognise abnormal behaviour in domesticated horses
Animal Health and Welfare

With an increasing emphasis on animal welfare and health, it is important that learners develop the ability to analyse the clear link between how animals are kept and maintained and the effects this may have on their health. This unit explores common animal diseases, and gives learners the opportunity to research and evaluate the effects, causal agents and aetiology of these diseases.

Learners will investigate the importance of reviewing animal welfare conditions and how this impacts on animal health.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

  1. Understand the effect of husbandry on animal health
  2. Understand causative agents and routes of transmission for disease
  3. Understand methods for the control and prevention of common diseases
  4. Be able to assess welfare conditions for animals.
Management of the Performance Horse

This unit focuses on the care and management of the performance horse. Learners will investigate all aspects of preparing horses for competition, including training and feeding, to achieve maximum performance. This will involve considering the individual and specialist needs of a range of performance horses. The impact of conformation on soundness, ability and performance will be explored. Learners will apply scientific knowledge in a practical context to the management of the performance horse with emphasis on health and therapeutic care. This unit has a practical focus that enables learners to develop the knowledge, skills and techniques required by employers within the equine industry. Learners will demonstrate practical ability in producing performance horses to a high standard, providing pre- and post-competition care and preparing horses for transit.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

  1. Understand feeding appropriate to the maintenance of equine health and performance
  2. Be able to undertake the preparation and training of horses for performance
  3. Be able to provide health and therapeutic care to enhance equine performance
  4. Be able to manage the preparation and provision for horses in transit.
Enterprise and Financial Management for Land-based Industries

This unit allows learners to understand concepts of the management of the land-based business, from the performance at enterprise level through to overall financial performance and stability of an entire business.  Learners will identify sources of finance and learn how management principles can be used to analyse, organise, plan and control the business. The techniques used will be referred to in the context of the latest business and environmental initiatives.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

  1. Understand sources of finance available for land-based businesses
  2. Understand principles of land-based business and resource management
  3. Understand the management of physical and financial information in order to control the performance of land-based businesses
  4. Be able to plan and evaluate the performance of a land-based business.
Work-based Experience

A significant amount of learning can be achieved by carrying out practical activities in a workplace. Learning may be enhanced by taking a more formal approach to work-based activities – by planning, carrying out the activities and reflecting on the benefits of the activities to the organisation, business and learner.  Learners will have the opportunity, supported by their supervisors, to negotiate and perform activities which will enable them to achieve work related understanding and skills. They will recognise the scope of what they have achieved by recording evidence of carrying out different activities. Learners will gain maximum benefit by reflecting on, and evaluating of, the work they undertake.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

  1. Be able to negotiate industry experience
  2. Understand the specific requirements of the placement
  3. Be able to undertake work experience as identified
  4. Be able to monitor and evaluate own performance and learning.
Research Project

In this unit learners will conduct an in-depth investigation into an aspect of their programme of study. This research may be developed from elements of the programme linked to the learner’s individual interests or to areas where they may wish to seek future employment.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

  1. Understand how to formulate a research specification
  2. Be able to implement the research project within agreed procedures and to specification
  3. Be able to evaluate the research outcomes
  4. Be able to present the research outcomes

Enrolment and Fees

Enrolments are accepted for all courses anytime. For this programme, entry is accepted into cohorts starting in either March or September of each year.

Enrolments are now being accepted for entry in September 2017.

Following enrolment, you will receive access to online course information, course material and introductory exercises to complete prior to your first study week.

Full Payment

£5,500
  • Online access to all course materials
  • Tutor support
  • Three study weeks
  • Accommodation, breakfast and evening meals not included
  • Printing and postage fees additional (optional)
  • BTEC Registration fee £205.20 payable upon enrolment
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Finance

£144.10/month
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