Unit 16 – Level 5 Behavioural Science

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Module / Unit Details

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.

Unit 16 Behavioural Science - Learning Outcomes

Discuss the evolution of modern equidae

Evolution:  The evolutionary processes influencing early equidae. Genes and evolution, mechanisms of evolution, gene mutation, gene distribution, gene flow, recombination, genetic drift.   Theories of the evolution of modern equidae.  The development of breeds for specific purposes, domestication.

Define common terms and show awareness of the basic theories and concepts in behavioural science

Common terms:  descriptions of behaviour, inherent and acquired behaviour.

Theories and concepts:  key types of learning processes.  Behavioural needs and controls and motivation. Factors affecting behaviour, learning and maturation, early experience, imprinting, principles and types of learning.

Interpret normal behaviour in feral and domesticated horses

Normal behaviour:  past approaches to study of equine behaviour, key methods of studying ethology, direct observation. Maintenance behaviour, communication, vision, hearing, chemoreception, cutaneous information, vocalisation, interspecies communication, social and sexual behaviour.

Interpret abnormal behaviour in domesticated horses

Abnormal behaviour: abnormal social behaviour, abnormal sexual behaviour, effects of management systems, stress, internal and external causal factors, stereotypic behaviours, functions of stereotypies, methods of treatment and management of stereotypies.

Course Details

This Higher Education modules can be studied as a TOCES Short Course (SC) or BTEC Higher National Unit (HNU).  Both types of courses provide access to the same high quality distance learning material.

TOCES Higher Education Short Course

Academic Level: Higher Education Level 5
Number of units/modules: 1
Study Hours per Unit: 150
Total Hours:  150
Course Duration:  Maximum of 12 months to complete course requirements
Study Week Requirements: Optional Higher Educational Study Week

This is a TOCES Certificate course. You will be awarded a graded TOCES certificate upon completion of the course. This will be of value to prospective employers as well as to you personally as it reflects your commitment to study. Please note that although TOCES Certificate courses do not result in a validated qualification, the course material is of the same high standard as our validated programmes through BTEC, the BHS and City and Guilds.

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. You will receive a TOCES certificate on successful completion of the course.

For all programmes you must be:

  • enthusiastic!
  • prepared to work hard
  • disciplined enough to set aside time to study
  • prepared to undertake independent study
  • at least 16 years old

While not compulsory, applicants under the age of 21 should hold one of the following:

  • BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in Horse Management or a related area
  • AVCE/Advanced GNVQ in an appropriate vocational area
  • GCE Advanced level profile which 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
  • Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution

or

  • Non-UK qualifications of a comparable level to those listed above
  • Overseas students whose first language is not English must hold a minimum of level 7 International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Further information can be gained from www.ielts.org.

Mature learners (21 years and above)
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.

How much work is involved?
It is estimated that, including attendance at Study Weeks, each module involves an average of 150 hours study. To calculate how long a programme will take to complete multiply the number of modules by 150 and divide by the number of hours you feel you can spare each week. Although distance learning is a very flexible mode of study you must complete the course requirements before the course completion date. The more time you spend on additional research, the more likely you will be to attain high grades.

Modules generally consist of one Formative and one Summative Work Assignment. Project work and independent research are integral to most modules.  You will receive detailed tutor feedback for each Formative Assignment. Each Summative Assignment is graded and counts towards your overall qualification. Formative Assignments do not count towards the qualification grade and in some instances are optional.

You are also required to undertake independent research and read around the subject areas to increase your depth of knowledge and demonstrate the ability to analyse, disseminate and evaluate information.  We do not specify how many hours each assignment will take – this is included within the 150 hours and is individual to each student.

How long do the courses take?
We appreciate that our students have work, family and equine commitments so do not set rigid time limits. However a maximum completion date is calculated on enrolment.

Time taken depends on:

  • How much you know already – you will find some modules easier and more interesting than others
  • Work commitments
  • Family commitments
  • Equine commitments
  • Your dedication and motivation

To maintain a steady rate of work through an HE programme you should allocate at least ten hours per week to your studies. If you cannot find ten hours in a week you must appreciate that it will take longer to complete the Course and extra costs will be incurred after the maximum completion date if an extension is granted.

Can I work through the programmes in less time?
You can work through the programme at a faster rate than estimated here if you are able to devote more time to your studies. However, we do not encourage students to work through quickly at the expense of the quality of their work. You will also need to attend the correct number of study weeks and your payment status must reflect the rate at which you work through the programme.

BTEC Higher National Unit

Academic Level: Higher Education Level 5
Number of units/modules: 1
Study Hours per Unit: 150
Total Hours:  150
Course Duration:  Maximum of 12 months to complete course requirements
Study Week Requirements: Optional Higher Educational Study Week

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.

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.  In addition to receiving a graded BTEC Diploma awarded by Edexcel, you will receive a TOCES certificate.

For all programmes you must be:

  • enthusiastic!
  • prepared to work hard
  • disciplined enough to set aside time to study
  • prepared to undertake independent study
  • at least 16 years old

Applicants under the age of 21 should hold one of the following:

  • BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in Horse Management or a related area
  • AVCE/Advanced GNVQ in an appropriate vocational area
  • GCE Advanced level profile which 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
  • Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution

or

  • Non-UK qualifications of a comparable level to those listed above
  • Overseas students whose first language is not English must hold a minimum of level 7 International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Further information can be gained from www.ielts.org.

Mature learners (21 years and above)
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.

What if I hold the BHSII or BHSI?
As a holder of the BHSII or BHSI you still have to enrol on the full programme but will be exempt from certain practical assignment assessments. Please note that due to the high academic content of the HE programmes, the BHSII and BHSI cover only a small proportion of the learning outcomes. Please contact us for the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning Information Pack.

As a mature student I do not have any equine or academic qualifications, but I would like to study for an HE qualification.Will I be able to cope with the workload and level of study?
As distance learning offers flexibility and is open to all, there is no reason why you should not be able to gain an HE qualification with TOCES. If you are prepared to work hard, with our guidance and support, you should be able to achieve your goal.

Using this Higher National Unit as a Taster Module:
Completing a taster module will help you make the important decision about entering HE. Completion of this path of study is a cost effective way to experience HE study and you will receive constructive feedback on your current study skills, which will allow you to move forward into HE with confidence.

You will be awarded credit for the work completed and will not be asked to repeat anything covered in the taster module if you choose to continue with a full programme such as a BTEC Professional Diploma or Higher National Diploma within 5 years.

How much work is involved?
It is estimated that, including attendance at Study Weeks, each module involves an average of 150 hours study. To calculate how long a programme will take to complete multiply the number of modules by 150 and divide by the number of hours you feel you can spare each week. Although distance learning is a very flexible mode of study there are certain time constraints and all assessments must be completed before the course completion date. The more time you spend on additional research, the more likely you will be to attain high grades.

Modules generally consist of one Formative and one Summative Work Assignment. Project work and independent research are integral to most modules.  You will receive detailed tutor feedback for each Formative Assignment. Each Summative Assignment is graded and counts towards your overall qualification. Formative Assignments do not count towards the qualification grade and in some instances are optional.

You are also required to undertake independent research and read around the subject areas to increase your depth of knowledge and demonstrate the ability to analyse, disseminate and evaluate information.  We do not specify how many hours each assignment will take – this is included within the 150 hours and is individual to each student.

How long do the courses take?
We appreciate that our students have work, family and equine commitments so do not set rigid time limits. However a maximum completion date is calculated on enrolment. You will be provided with a Study Planner to help you work through the programme consistently and complete before the maximum completion date.

Time taken depends on:

  • How much you know already – you will find some modules easier and more interesting than others
  • Work commitments
  • Family commitments
  • Equine commitments
  • Your dedication and motivation

To maintain a steady rate of work through an HE programme you should allocate at least ten hours per week to your studies. If you cannot find ten hours in a week you must appreciate that it will take longer to complete the Course and extra costs will be incurred after the maximum completion date if an extension is granted.

Can I work through the programmes in less time?
You can work through the programme at a faster rate than estimated here if you are able to devote more time to your studies. However, we do not encourage students to work through quickly at the expense of the quality of their work. Your payment status must also reflect the rate at which you work through the programme.

Enrolment and Fees

Enrolments are accepted for all courses anytime throughout the year.  Following enrolment, you will receive access to online course information and course material.

TOCES Higher Education Short Course

Full Payment

£175
  • Online access to all course materials
  • Tutor support
  • Printing and postage fees additional (optional)
Enrol now

BTEC Higher National Unit

Full Payment

£315
  • Online access to all course materials
  • Tutor support
  • Printing and postage fees additional (optional)
  • BTEC Registration fee £22.75 payable upon enrolment
Enrol now

Interest Free Finance

£20/month
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