This top up programme allows students to progress from Easton and Otley College foundation degrees in Equine Science and Welfare and Ecology and Conservation or similar programmes elsewhere into a full Honours degrees programme. Key components include a major project/dissertation of your subject choice and modules titled Developments in Landbased Sciences and The Global Business Environment. Optional subject-specific modules include Comparative Animal Nutrition, Ethics and Sustainability, Advanced Canine and Feline Behaviour and Training, Horse and Rider Biomechanics, Advanced Equine Training and Behaviour, Conservation Biology and Advanced Methods and Techniques in Ecology.

Wherever your specialism lies, these programmes provides scope for you to hone your skills and knowledge and readies you for employment or a Masters or PhD programme.

Teaching and Assessment Methods

Teaching methods are tailored to the subject area and the aims and learning outcomes of the particular modules studied. These include practicals, group activities, lectures, workshops, problem solving, tutorials, e-learning seminars, external visits and guest speakers.

Students will demonstrate their knowledge, skills and abilities through a range of assessment methods to enhance the learning experience and reward valuable workplace skills. Assessment methods may include laboratory reports, essays, practical observation, reflective journals, literature reviews, case studies, presentations, debates, written examinations, project and peer review.

Programme Content

Core Modules

  1. Dissertation
  2. Developments in Land based Sciences
  3. The Global Business Environment

Optional Modules

  1. Conservation Biology
  2. Comparative Animal Nutrition
  3. Ethics and Sustainability
  4. Advanced Canine and Feline Behaviour and Training
  5. Advanced Equine Training and Behaviour
  6. Horse and Rider Biomechanics
  7. Advanced Methods and Techniques in Ecology

Entry Requirements

240 HE credits (including 120 at Level 5 in a related subject) and a successful interview. GCSEs in Maths, English and Science at grade C or above are desirable. Mature students and students already employed will need a range of qualifications, and prior work and learning experiences will be taken into account, accredited and considered at interview stage.

Students with English as a foreign language: Applications from students from all backgrounds are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, listening, speaking and reading).

Our recognised English Language qualifications include:

  • ESOL
  • IELTS: 6 overall (minimum of 5.5 in any component)


  • Employment
  • Masters Degree at another institution
  • PhD

Further Information

This programme is validated by the University of East Anglia.

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