Student Area


 Meet our Student Advisor team!

We understand that distance learning can be challenging at times, but there is no need to feel alone! We have an excellent student advisor team who are always available to help with any study related queries you may have. Remember there is no such thing as a silly question so don’t be afraid to contact your student advisor if you need help understanding the course material or an assignment question.


“I found that the course advisor was so accessible and easy to talk to
or ask for advice on any questions I had difficulty with.”


Jo Martin

Jo Martin

Course Advisor for: All TOCES and BTEC Higher Education programmes

Qualifications: MSc, BSc

“My background is in science, having completed a BSc and MSc, and my main scientific interest is life sciences, particularly related to animals and the environment.

I am a qualified teacher and have been teaching for 16  years on a wide variety of courses, including animal science and animal behaviour involving many different species, including horses. Prior to that I held a training role within a pharmaceutical company, and before that I worked as a veterinary nurse.

As well as tutoring for TOCES and the Open University and local Further Education colleges, I also write distance learning course materials, in a range of science, health, environmental and animal related subjects. I enjoy researching this field and writing about it, and I have a particular research interest in how science and technology knowledge can be used to improve the sport of equestrianism and equine welfare and health.

I have been involved with horses since I was a child, and currently have two of my own, a traditional cob and a cheeky Welsh pony.”


Winifred Noone

Winifred Noone

Course Advisor for: All TOCES, BHS and BTEC Further Education programmes

Qualifications: MSc Physiotherapy, BSc Equine Science

“Having originally qualified as a chartered physiotherapist and worked in the health services for the past 20 years, I have also had a lifelong interest in horses especially the sport horse sector. I have been running my own small holding for a number of years with my own horses and my main focus is in the breeding and youngstock sector. I have also combined this with distance learning and completed my BSc through TOCES in 2013. I feel that this gives me an understanding of studying as a distance student and the inherent issues this involves.”


Assignment submission


Step 1: Insert TOCES Assignment Submission Form at the front of your assignment, completing the relevant details

Step 2: Save Word document, saving the document as follows:

Your surname, first initial, course reference, work assignment reference and module title

E.g. Smith, J, HNU M8, FWA8 Sward Management

The assignment must be contained within one document – please do not send multiple files

Step 3: Submit via email to

Step 4: We will respond via email to confirm receipt of your assignment



Accommodation information


If you are due to be attending a study week and need further information regarding accommodation that is local to us at TOCES, please follow the link below:

E-learning log in


Please use the link below to access our E-learning site (please note that this is currently not available for all programmes. You will have been notified of your log in details, if applicable, upon enrolment).

Resubmission fees


If you have received a referral grade on a Summative Work Assignment, please use the PayPal link below to select the appropriate resubmission fee (£7.50 per question, up to a maximum of £20 per assignment). If you do not wish to use PayPal, please contact the office on 01284 811 401.

Note: resubmission fees must be paid before you resubmit your assignment to us for marking.

Resubmission Fees


Directions to TOCES


Directions to TOCES classroom, office and stable yard.


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The Open College of Equine Studies
33 Pages Lane
Lower Green
Bury St Edmunds
IP28 6NJ

Registered Office:

The Open College of Equine Studies
Eldo House
Kempson Way
Bury St Edmunds
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