Study Weeks

 

About Study Weeks

 

Study Weeks form a compulsory part of the BTEC Professional Diplomas, Accredited Level 2 and 3 Diplomas and Higher National Diploma Programmes. Study Weeks are optional for those students studying the BHS Stage 1 to 4 Horse Knowledge and Care courses and other stable management programmes. Study Weeks are open to all, whether a TOCES distance learning student or not.

On a Study Week you will meet a mixed and interesting group of people, mostly with the same apprehensions as yourself. Our students are from different types of equine background – not everyone works with horses. Everyone is however friendly and keen to learn; we always find that our students soon get to know each other. So please bear in mind – although you will work hard, the atmosphere is friendly and informal.

Having studied high quality distance learning materials, completed the Practical Skills Workbook and attended the Study Weeks, TOCES students and graduates will possess the skills and knowledge needed to make a valuable contribution to the equine industry.

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  1. ENA Study Week 1

    November 20 @ 9:00 am - November 23 @ 5:00 pm
  2. ENA Study Week 2

    November 27 @ 9:00 am - November 30 @ 5:00 pm
  3. EVN Study Week 3

    December 4 @ 9:00 am - December 7 @ 5:00 pm
  4. EVN Study Week 6

    December 11 @ 9:00 am - December 14 @ 5:00 pm
  5. Equine Physiotherapy Diploma Study Week 1

    January 15, 2018 @ 9:00 am - January 19, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

“What I liked about the lecturers during the study weeks is that they have a genuine interest and care about the students.

It was clear to see they had a lot of experience in the space in which they were lecturing and they had great passion for the topics they were discussing.”

 

“Study weeks always help me a huge amount. Although there’s a lot to learn, they are fun at the same time.”

 

“The study week was great. Not only for the learning experience but also getting to know the TOCES staff and the other students. Group discussions were very beneficial.”

Where to find us…

Higham is conveniently located just of the A14 between Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket, both of which provide many good quality accommodation options.

 

Why are the Study Weeks important?

For students working towards the BHS stages the practical skills are essential as they form part of the BHS examination syllabus. Whilst the BTEC courses and the Higher Education programmes are of a high academic content, we feel very strongly that anyone holding a TOCES qualification must be able to handle and work with horses in a proficient and safe way.

Whilst academic qualifications are essential to prove a level of knowledge, in the horse industry we believe they must be backed up by sound practical ability (and common sense!). On the Study Weeks practical skills are taught and assessed. For those with a good level of practical experience it provides an opportunity to brush up and update. For those who have little experience, TOCES staff are happy to provide extra instruction and the chance to practice.

In addition to practical skills, lectures are given by highly qualified and, in some instances, world-renowned, lecturers. The lectures aid understanding of the subject and back up the distance learning material studied.

What is it like at a Study Week?

The Study Weeks are held at TOCES. We enjoy meeting our students and students always say they enjoy meeting TOCES’ team. Most importantly,students enjoy meeting each other – it is helpful to realise you are not the only person worrying about how much (or how little) work you have done! As well as learning a lot, you will make new friends!

We do know however that some students find the Study Week element daunting – the ‘college’ environment sounds stuffy and some students worry that everyone else will be far more knowledgeable. Please do not worry – the atmosphere is always friendly and not at all regimented – Study Weeks are hard work but great fun! You will meet a mixed and interesting group of people, mostly with the same apprehensions as yourself. Our students’ ages range from 16 to 69 and all are from different types of  background – not everyone works with horses. Everyone is however friendly and keen to learn; we always find that our students soon get to know each other. ‘Horsey’ people always seem to have lots to talk about! So please bear in mind – although you will work hard, the atmosphere is friendly and informal!

“A great chance to meet other students and get an extra boost to studying at home, along with the useful lectures etc.”

What happens at a Study Week?

Study Weeks are intensive but relatively informal and include lectures and practical sessions covering the relevant modules of the course and may include visits to, and lectures by professional staff of, the Animal Health Trust, The Royal Veterinary College, Rossdales Equine Hospital, Cambridge University Veterinary School, The British Racing School and The National Stud.

On the first day of the study week we will introduce the TOCES team and discuss the distance learning side of the programme. This is a great way to get to know everyone else, how they are getting on with their studies and to ask questions. Some lectures are class-room based, whereas others are of a practical ‘hands-on’ nature. Veterinary surgeons give practical lectures which include a demonstration of anatomical dissection. All of the lecturers are experts in their fields and welcome your participation in the sessions through asking questions- don’t miss this opportunity to broaden your knowledge. When not in lectures or taking part in assessments you will be able to practice relevant skills on the yard or use the library and study area. During the week,specially designated tutorials provide the opportunity to discuss any aspects of the course with a member of TOCES’ team.

Study Weeks include assessment of practical skills, written assessments and assessment of key skills through teamwork exercises. The grades awarded count towards the final grade awarded for the course. Study Weeks are held throughout the year – the number of courses run at each level depends upon student numbers.

Stable Management Study Weeks

Stable Management Study Weeks are designed for those interested in learning the practical aspects of horse care, supplementing the stable management course material. Stable Management Study Weeks form a compulsory part of the Accredited Level 2 and 3 Diploma Courses and BTEC First Diploma: Equine Nursing Technician programme.

For those studying a  BHS Horse Knowledge and Care Stage 1 – 3 programme or other TOCES Stable Management Programme, you are welcome to attend the Study Week and take the mock BHS Horse Knowledge and Care Stage examination. These study weeks are designed to cover all aspects of stable management for the Horse Knowledge and Care examinations but please note riding is not included within the courses. We feel very strongly that anyone holding a TOCES qualification must be able to handle and work with horses in a proficient and safe way.

Non TOCES students are also welcome to attend to learn new skills, or brush up their knowledge. If you attend a study week and you are not a TOCES student or the study week is is  not covered by your course fee, the 2016 and 2017 costs are as follows*:

Full 3 day Stable Management Study Week £330
Daily Rate £110
1/2 day rate am or pm £65

*Study week fees include lunch and refreshments but do not include dinner, bed and breakfast

Higher Education Study Weeks

There are many very practical ‘hands-on’ aspects to horse management which need to be mastered and practiced.  BTEC Professional Diploma and Higher National Diploma students must attend a number of Study Weeks to supplement the theoretical knowledge with practical training and assessment.

Whilst academic qualifications are essential to prove a level of knowledge, in the horse industry we believe they must be backed up by sound practical ability (and common sense!) On the Study Weeks practical skills are taught and assessed. For those with a good level of practical experience it provides an opportunity to brush up and update. For those who have little experience, TOCES staff are happy to provide extra instruction and the chance to practice.

In addition to practical skills, lectures are given by highly qualified and, in some instances, world-renowned, lecturers. The lectures aid understanding of the subject and back up the distance learning material studied. Study Weeks are intensive but relatively informal and include lectures and practical sessions covering the relevant modules of the course and may include visits to, and lectures by professional staff of, the Animal Health Trust, The Royal Veterinary College, Rossdales Equine Hospital, Cambridge University Veterinary School, The British Racing School and The National Stud.

Some lectures are class-room based, whereas others are of a practical ‘hands-on’ nature. Veterinary surgeons give practical lectures which include a demonstration of anatomical dissection. All of the lecturers are experts in their fields and welcome your participation in the sessions through asking questions- don’t miss this opportunity to broaden your knowledge. Study Weeks include assessment of practical skills, written assessments and assessment of key skills through team work exercises. The grades awarded count towards the final grade awarded for the course. Study Weeks are held throughout the year – the number of courses run at each level depends upon student numbers.

If you  are a current TOCES student, in order to be eligible attend a Study Week you must have read through the relevant course material covered on the study week and preferably have completed the Formative Work Assignment for the relevant modules. This is to ensure you gain the full benefit from the lectures and are prepared for practical assessments and examinations completed at each Study Week.  Higher Education Study Weeks are also open to non TOCES students for personal interest or continuing professional development.

If you attend a study week and you are not a TOCES student or the study week is is  not covered by your course fee, the 2016 and 2017 costs are as follows*

Full 5 day study week £550
Daily Rate £110
1/2 day rate am or pm £65

*Study week fees include lunch and refreshments but do not include dinner, bed and breakfast

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Address:

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

Registered Office:

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