Equine Science (Level 3)
A distance learning course is the ideal way to gain an Equine Science diploma. Whether you're looking to go on to further education, improve your job prospects or expand your knowledge, distance learning Equine Science is a flexible and convenient course, which allows you to comprehensively prepare for an exam or career through home study. What's more, because the distance learning Level 3 Equine Science course is a fully comprehensive course, no prior knowledge is required.
This Quality Assured Level 3 Diploma course is aimed at those with an interest in the management of equines with an emphasis on the scientific aspects. People with an interest in equine life will also find this course very appealing. This Level 3 Diploma course is aimed at improving the knowledge base of owners, breeders/exhibitors and those involved with horses professionally. The Diploma in Equine Science will be awarded to those students who satisfactorily complete all 10 Units of this course and a final online examination.
What Could I Do After Taking This Equine Science Course?
With relevant Experience and Qualifications, you can go on to become a Veterinary Physiotherapist. As an veterinary physiotherapist (also known as an animal physiotherapist), you would assess and treat animals with injuries or movement problems. As a veterinary physiotherapist, you would mainly treat horses and dogs, including both pets and 'working animals', such as race horses and greyhounds. However, you could also work with other animals such as farm or zoo animals.
If you are good at sciences and would like a job working with animals, this could suit you. In this job you would need to be observant, work well as part of a team, be good at solving problems and have an aptitude for science.
On completion of the Equine Science course, learners can go on to study further in areas such as:
Your Equine Science (Level 3) Course:
This Level 3 Diploma course is aimed at improving the knowledge base of owners, breeders/exhibitors and those involved with horses professionally. The Diploma in Equine Science will be awarded to those students who satisfactorily complete all 10 Units of this course and a final online examination.
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- Entry Requirements
- Home Study Support
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- Further Information
- What's Included
- Possible Career Path
Study Hours are an approximate figure and are dependant upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies and how well you grasp the learning concepts in the course material. Furthermore, at the end of each lesson there is a question paper that needs to be completed and returned to your tutor. You should allow at least 1 - 2 hours of study to complete each question paper.
The approximate amount of time required to complete the Equine Science (Level 3) course is: 200 Hours
The Level 3 Equine Science course is divided into ten comprehensive modules:
- Module 1 - General Principles in Science
- Module 2 - Equine Anatomy and Physiology
- Module 3 - Genetics
- Module 4 - Reproduction
- Module 5 - Equine Nutrition
- Module 6 - Equine Diseases
- Module 7 - Veterinary Science
- Module 8 - Equine Behavioural Science
- Module 9 - Exercise Physiology
- Module 10 - Science and the Equine Industry
Final online multiple choice examination - 100% of the mark.
When you have completed the programme, your tutor needs to verify that you have worked through all parts of any Workbooks, Activities and Exercises successfully.
Upon verification of the activities, exercises and assignments, you will be awarded your diploma by ABC Awards as confirmation that your written work has met all of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria for the programme.
Entry RequirementsMin 16 Years
All Students must be 16 years of age or above.
The good news is that no prior learning knowledge or experience is essential to take this course. This course is openly available to anyone wishing to learn more about Equine Science and would like to take part in a highly rewarding home study course. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and study further, so we try to keep our entry requirements to a minimum.
You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration with full tutor support.
Home Study Support
You will be provided with comprehensive materials - Online, designed to provide you with everything required to complete your course of study. You will have your own personal tutor helping you with your course work and with any questions you may have. Plus you can contact our Student Advisors by email or phone for all the practical advice you may need – so we really are with you 100%.
What's more, you'll have access to the online student portal, where you can interact with other students, browse our resource library and manage your account.
Home Study Resources
You will be provided with comprehensive materials designed to provide you with everything required to complete your course of study. Your course fee covers all textbooks, study folders, and/or online learning aids designed for distance learning.
This Level 3 Equine Science Course pack includes the Student Handbook with all relevant information that you would need to successfully complete the course.
Level 3 Equine Science Diploma
This course is Quality Assured by the Quality Licence Scheme
At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course).
The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that the provider has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.
The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.
The course itself has been designed by Oxford Learning to meet specific learners' and/or employers' requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.
Possible Career Path
As an animal physiotherapist or veterinary physiotherapist, you would assess and treat animals with injuries or movement problems. You would mainly treat horses and dogs, including both pets and 'working animals', such as race horses and greyhounds. However, you could also work with other animals such as cats and farm or zoo animals. Your tasks would typically include: planning exercise programmes, using manual and electro-therapy methods to reduce pain, increase flexibility and restore normal movement, giving advice on changes to animals' environments to help them perform tasks more easily. You would only be legally allowed to carry out treatment for diagnosed conditions or injuries if animals are referred by (or with the permission of) a veterinary surgeon.
Find out more about the Job Role for Veterinary Physiotherapist.
Our online courses are fully digitised so you can study on any smart device. Your learning programme is completely flexible so you can study at a pace that suits you. All our content is broken down into bite size chunks to make your learning more manageable and effective. Your course of study is broken down into units and sections, each of which contains lessons, activities and test papers. Courses are delivered on our Digital Learning Environment allowing you to study from anywhere on any smart device as long as you have access to the Internet. The course concludes by preparing you for examination using past papers in your chosen subject.
As a student, your course fee covers everything you will need to successfully complete the Equine Science home study course and earn your award:
- Online study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the course.
- Completion Certificate
- Tutor marked assessments (TMAs)
- Access to the online student portal (Student Chat, Forums and Online Support Resources)
- NUS Extra Card (discounted membership)
- One year educational support by e-mail.
You can also choose to pick from following while you are enrolling and avail the services at a highly discounted price for our students.
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12 MONTH COURSE INSURANCE :
Reordering a course pack, if you have damaged yours, can be costly. You can usually expect to pay a huge price for a copy. The 12 month insurance Cover will meet the cost for you if your pack was damaged. We will send out another Course Pack at no extra cost if you send us a proof of the damaged course.
LEARNING FOR LIFE:
We support our students even after they have graduated from the college. Learning for Life Services include:
1. Academic Reference: We are often asked to provide references for students by employers or colleges and universities. The aims of an academic reference are to confirm facts (confirm accuracy of statements made in any application) and to provide relevant opinion on the candidate's aptitude and ability.
2. CV Refresh Service: When you successfully complete your course you will be entitled to our CV refresh service. We will update your current CV to ensure that your new skills and achievements are presented to the highest standard. We will also add your CV to databank of our sister company www.twindo.co.uk
3. 25% off Courses: *(This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers)
For all students who successfully complete their course, you will be entitled to 25% off any future courses through eDistance Learning or it's partners.
Furthermore this offer will be extended to your family and friends.
Further InformationAward Level: Level 3 Diploma Awarding Body: ABC Awards (www.abcawards.co.uk) Format: Online / Paper
If your course is being delivered online, please ensure you meet the minimum requirements below.
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From time to time we may enrol our students with our partner sites; this is dependent on the number of students enrolling on a particular course and course material availability. If this happens, nothing changes for you other than the name of the college administering your course. We will continue to be your point of contact; you will get the exact same course you have enrolled on with the same high level of quality content and support.
This course can be enrolled upon by students internationally. There are no deadlines for enrolments.
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Step One: It's simple - all you need to do now is choose whether you want to pay in instalments or in full and then click on the relevant enrolment button at the top of this page.
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Step Three: Within 7 days (normally 48 hours) your enrolment papers and course materials will be with you. A tutor and a dedicated support advisor will also be allocated to you.
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About ABC Awards
ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government for their qualifications on the national framework i.e. the Qualifications and Curriculum Framework (QCF). It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries.
As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of examination and assessment expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers They are committed to developing qualifications, which help learners and organisations, by cultivating the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment and skills for life.They work with over 600 centers nationally and many tens of thousands of learners achieve an ABC Awards’ qualification each year.
What is the difference between Level 3 Diploma and an A Level?
Our Level 3 Diplomas have been specifically written for us by qualified distance learning course writers who are qualified to at least Level 5 or above. The Level 3 Diplomas are 1 year courses comprising 10 modules followed by an online examination. The course is pitched at Level 3 so is the equivalent level of study as an A Level. On successful completion of the exam, an Oxford College Diploma certificate is issued.
An A Level is a 2 year course that follows a specific syllabus provided by the corresponding examining body such as Edexcel, AQA and OCR. The A Level carries UCAS points depending on the grade achieved. The A Level is on Level 3 of the National Qualifications Network. A Levels are assessed by exams which have to be attended in person. A Level certificates are provided by the examining boards.
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If you have paid in full and opted for the Online version, the course access will be emailed to you within 48 hours. The paper version will take 3 weeks after you have received the online version and are happy with the course contents.
For students, who choose to pay in instalments - you are required to complete the necessary agreement before the course is emailed to you.
Will I get a certificate on completion of my course?
You will receive a certificate from the College. A digital version is included in the price and will be emailed to you within 5 days of taking your online exam.
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How is the course structured?
The Level 3 Equine Science course is divided into ten comprehensive modules:
Module 1 - General Principles in Science
This unit provides a foundation for the rest of the course. It introduces the branches of science and covers the following:
- What is Science?
- Taxonomy - how organisms are classified
- Cells and how they reproduce
- Biochemistry of cells
- The general biology of mammals
- The systems that all mammals have in common
- How organisms fit into their environment
- Chemistry of the equine environment
Module 2 - Equine Anatomy and Physiology
This unit follows on from the first one which looked at some of the physiological systems that are common to all mammals. This unit is equine specific and covers the anatomy of the horse, which is the structure of the body, and physiology, which is the study of how these structures function. It covers the points of the horse and the correct terminology for describing organs and regions of the body.
It covers the following systems:
- Skeletal system - the structure of the horse's skeleton and the composition of bone
- Muscular system - the composition of muscles, and how and why muscles contract
- The nervous system and the sensory organs - how the horse receives information from its environment and then acts on it
- The endocrine system - hormones and their function
- The circulatory system - the heart and blood
- The respiratory system
- The immune system - how the horse defends itself from invasion by pathogens
The digestive and reproductive systems are not covered in this module as they are covered in detail in later modules.
Module 3 - Genetics
An understanding of genetics is necessary for anyone thinking of breeding horses. This module covers genetics from a scientific viewpoint, and it looks at genetics from a species level and an individual level as well. It covers the following topics:
- The terminology used by geneticists
- Evolution of the horse - a history of how horses developed
- Early theories of inheritance
- Theories of evolution, such as natural selection and sexual selection
- Current knowledge of the basic principles of heredity - how inheritable traits are passed from parent to offspring
- The reproduction of genetic information - the replication of DNA
- Mutations that arise during replication, and how these alter the genetic instructions
- Genetic disorders in the horse, and how these can be predicted using knowledge of how genes are passed on
- How horses differ genetically from other equines such as zebras and donkeys, and why these species cannot interbreed or why their offspring are sterile
- The technology that can help identify carriers of genetic disorders, DNA testing
Module 4 - Reproduction
Module 3 covers some of the background knowledge that module 4 builds upon. In the previous unit we looked at the genetics of the horse and how this knowledge can be put to use when choosing suitable stallions and mares for breeding. This unit covers the physiology of reproduction and the care of the newborn foal. The following topics are covered:
- The reproductive anatomy of the mare
- The reproductive anatomy of the stallion
- The oestrus cycle of the mare
- Conception and early development of the pregnancy
- The different methods of insemination, including natural and artificial methods
- The procedure of embryo transfer and why this might be used
- The development of the unborn foal
- The process of foaling, the stages of birth and the neonatal period, including the importance of the colostrum the foal receives from its mother
- Problems that mare be associated with pregnancy
- Problems associated with delivery of the foal
- Problems associated with the development of the newborn foal
Module 5 - Equine Nutrition
Nutrition is more than simply consuming food, but is the science of food and of the nourishing the body. Equines have very particular nutritional requirements, and delicate digestive systems. In many cases horses are also used as performance animals, and so the science of correct nutrition is particularly important to maximise their performance. In order to remain healthy, horses must be fed correctly, and this unit covers the principles of good nutrition and its effect on maintaining physiological function.
This unit covers the following:
- The structure and function of the equine digestive system and how it differs from some other mammals.
- The particular nutritional requirements of the horse, and how the various nutrients affect the functioning of various physiological systems.
- Nutritional supplements and why they may be necessary in some circumstances
- How to calculate how much to feed a horse according to the type of work it is doing.
- The factors that can affect the type and amount of feed a horse requires such as breeding, lactation, age.
- Monitoring the effectiveness of a diet and understand what is meant by condition scoring
- The health problems associated with incorrect feeding, and disorders that are linked to nutritional deficiencies or excess intake of nutrients
Module 6 - Equine Diseases
This unit covers many of the common diseases associated with equines, together with reasons why they may occur. Every horse will experience illness at some point in its life, and it is necessary for anyone working with horses to have knowledge of the signs of health and the signs of a horse suffering from disease. Nutritional diseases were covered in module 5, and this module covers some of the other types of disease, including:
- The disease causing organisms such as bacteria, fungi and viruses, and the differences between them.
- The main internal and external parasites that affect the horse and how they can cause disease
- The clinical signs and modes of transmission of the main infectious diseases affecting the equine, and how the risks can be reduced
- The signs of some degenerative diseases, such as chronic lameness conditions
- The signs associated with some diseases where the exact cause is yet unknown, and details of current research being carried out into their likely causes
- Although the unit also covers some of the ways that disease may be prevented or treated, it is not the main focus, as more will be covered on this topic in module 7.
Module 7 - Veterinary Science
This unit follows on from module 6 on equine disease, and looks at the equine branch of veterinary science. It covers the following topics:
- The principles of veterinary medicine, and its aims, and a history of how veterinary medicine developed
- The preventive, diagnostic and curative veterinary medicine for various equine diseases
- Equine injuries and how these are treated
- Veterinary technology and how it is used in practice
Module 8 - Equine Behavioural Science
Why do horses behave the way they do? This unit provides a fascinating look at the reasons behind many of the behaviours expressed by the horse. It covers ethology, the study of horses in their natural environment, and examines the science behind behaviour. You will learn about the following:
- The main learning theories
- The areas of the brain associated with various aspects of behaviour
- The reasons why horses do what they do in the natural environment
- Stereotypical behaviour, including box-walking, weaving and crib biting and the science behind why the horse might develop these problems
Module 9 - Exercise Physiology
Horses that are used in the equestrian disciplines are athletes, and knowledge of the scientific aspects of exercise physiology is necessary if we are to understand how horses work and are to get the best performance from them. This unit covers the following:
- The main equestrian disciplines such as racing, endurance and eventing, and the effects on the horse's body
- The effects of exercise on the musculoskeletal system
- Thermoregulation - the way in which the horse keeps cool during exercise
- Biomechanics - how the horse moves during exercise
- The ways in which we can use knowledge of exercise physiology to improve performance
Module 10 - Science and the Equine Industry
This final unit of the course examines the various sectors of the equine industry, including the use of horses for leisure and the use of horses for competition. It pulls together much of the knowledge gained in previous units, as it looks at the ways science is entwined within the equine industry as a whole. You will look at how research into science and technology is having an effect on the way we manage horses in the present day, and the likely developments for the future. It examines the new products that may become available, for example nutritional products, new veterinary drugs that may be used in the future, and the development of tack or equipment to improve the life of the horse or its performance. It will also look at some of the products available for the rider, and show how science is implicated in the development of these products.
Our aim is to provide you with the best deal available, therefore any registration fee, certification fee and full tutor support is included in the course price for you. The enrolment fee for the Equine Science home study course is £456.25, though for a limited time we are offering you the opportunity to pay only £365 which is a 20% discount if you enrol online and pay in full.
You can also opt for our Easy Payment Plan and enrol online today by paying a deposit of £91.25 and then 4 equal payments of £91.25 per month. The first instalment is paid about a month after you receive your course.
With online based study you can access the course online. You can then review them in your own time and complete the assignments which you are required to submit to your personal tutor for marking and feedback.
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