BHS Horse Knowledge and Care Stage 4
|Academic Level:||Higher Education Level 4|
|Number of units/modules:||8|
|Study Hours per Unit:||150|
|Course Duration:||Maximum 24 months to complete course requirements|
|Study Week Requirements:||Optional Higher Education Study Week|
Specifically developed distance learning course material provides all of the information required for students to pass the relevant HKC stage examination. A work assignment is completed at the end of each course module and submitted for assessment and tutor feedback. In-text activities and in-text questions are supplemented by a Practical Skills Workbook, which details the practical skills needed to pass the BHS examination. Students record satisfactory attainment of each skill listed in the Skills Workbook and seek verification of the achievement by a colleague or friend.
Once all skills have been attained and all work assignments completed, students may choose to attend the Study Week at TOCES’ yard in Suffolk. The course will help prepare the student for the practical elements of the BHS HK & C examination, with a mock exam taken on the final day of the course.
Please note that you cannot train for the riding section of the Stage 1 to 4 examinations through distance learning and that in order to attain a BHS HK & C qualification you must take the examination at a BHS Examination Centre. Structure and content of the range of BHS Courses may be subject to amendment to reflect changes in the BHS examination structure.
- 16 years and over
- Experience with horses and be prepared for academic work at higher education level 4
- If you intend to complete the BHS examinations, the BHS require you to complete these in order from Stage 1, however you can choose to complete a higher level BHS preparation course with us for your own interest.
Module / Unit Details
Need help with course selection?
With so many courses to choose from, try our course selection tool to help you find the best course for you!
Study from home or school
Fit study in around your current commitments and while you gain practical experience in the equine industry.
Full course support
Our dedicated student support tutors are available to assist you throughout your studies. Keep in touch with fellow students too!
Module 1 – Anatomy and Physiology
The skeletal structure. Composition, formation and functions of bone, tendons and ligaments. The circulatory system. The respiratory system. The nervous, sensory and endocrine systems. The urinary system. The reproductive systems. Disorders of the systems of the horse.
Module 2 – Horse Management
Behaviour, instincts and vices. Minimising stress. Grassland management. Conformation.
Module 3 – Nutrition
The nutrients and digestion. Feed stuffs and rationing. The digestive system.
Module 4 – Health Management
Equine first aid – accident and illness prevention, bandaging and splinting, wound treatment. Health and disease, signs of ill health, bacterial, viral and fungal infections. Managing the sick horse. Treatment of miscellaneous ailments.
Module 5 – Lameness
Diagnosing lameness. Causes and treatments of lameness.
Module 6 – Fitness and Competition
Exercise physiology. Fittening programmes. Appraising the fitness of a horse. Tack and equipment for competition.
Module 7 – Breeding
Selection of breeding stock. Care and management of breeding stock. The reproductive systems. Covering. Pregnancy. Foaling. Care of youngstock.
Module 8 – Yard Management
Design, construction and maintenance of facilities. Business planning. Financial management. Business and the law. Staff relations. Organisation of the yard and office.
Module 9 – General Knowledge
Yard safety rules and fire precautions. Road safety. Accident procedure. The BHS – aims and objectives, benefits of membership, the BHS departments.
Optional Higher Education Study Week
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.
Enrolment and Fees
Enrolments are accepted for all courses anytime throughout the year.
Following enrolment, you will receive access to distance learning course material and an allocated course tutor who will be available to assist you throughout your studies.