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    BSc (Hons) Landbased Sciences (Ecology / Equine) (Top-Up)

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    Equine Studies

    This top up programme allows you to progress from Easton and Otley College foundation degrees in Ecology and Conservation Management, Equine Science and Welfare or Animal Science and Welfare or similar programmes elsewhere into a full Honours degrees programme. Key components include a major project/dissertation of your subject choice, Developments in the Industry, The Global Business Environment and include subject specific options such as Comparative Animal Nutrition, Equine or Canine and Feline Behaviour and Training and Advanced Methods and Techniques in Ecology.

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

    Course Information

    • Qualification: BSc (Top-Up)
    • Course Code: D901
    • Start Date: 01/09/2020
    • Duration: 1 year full-time
    • Campus: Easton
    • 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: ESOLIELTS: 6 overall (minimum of 5.5 in any component)
    • Cost:Full-time £8500

    You will study three core modules: Dissertation, The Global Business Environment and Developments in Landbased Sciences. Each route will then have optional modules to choose from to complete the programme. These include Conservation Biology; Advanced Methods and Technology and Ecology; Comparative Animal Nutrition; Ethics & Sustainability; Advanced Canine and Feline Behaviour and Training; Advanced Equine, Training and Behaviour; Horse and Rider Biomechanics.

    Students are taught via a combination of lectures, seminars, guest speakers and practical activities within laboratories or on our farm units and estate. This mix of teaching and learning methods allows students to develop both academic and farm competencies side by side, applying theory from the classroom in real situations. Typical groups sizes are of 16-24 but are larger for cross-college modules (40 +), this smaller group profile allows you more contact time and support from our lecturers and subjects specialists. Technical staff such as laboratory technicians, unit managers support the team and may deliver supportive sessions.

    Students will be expected to utilise computers widely in research and producing their work and will have access to the programme Virtual learning Environment that support lectures and provided additional materials of interest.

    Independent learning-

    When not in timetabled sessions you are expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically this will involve reading journals articles, books and working on individual assessments or project work and preparation for examinations. You will be expected to work in groups at time for formative tasks or for summative assessment. This independent work is supported by the college’s library facilities, HE computer suite/common room and access to online journals and VLE materials.

    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.


    The College provides a bursaries and funds available for undergraduate students which you may be eligible to apply for.

    You can check your eligibility for these types of financial support along with their value for more information see the Financial Support pages.


    220 hectare farm

    Dedicated HE area including common room, study facilities and kitchen

    4 on site laboratories

    Sports testing laboratory

    Strength and Conditioning Suite


    Range of sports fields and pitches

    Range of teaching and learning rooms including lecture theatre and conference facilities

    Well equipped library

    Free wi -fi

    Free parking

    HE accommodation

    The College is focused on growing careers and meeting industry needs.The programme timetable has been arranged to enable students to work part-time and study.This flexibility is an attractive recruitment tool. The Business and Marketing module requires working with employers.

    Yes, we offer a range of livery packages for student's horses. For more information please see the following link or contact;

    Easton Equine Yard Manager - Louise Applegate, 01603 731583

    Easton livery

    Otley Equine Yard Manager - Lucy Wood, 01473784162

    Applications for Further Education full time, access to HE, apprenticeships and part time courses are made online. Go on to the relevant course page and click on the 'Apply Now' button to start the application process. Applications for short courses are made by contacting the College Admissions Team on 08000 224556. Higher Education programme applications should be made via UCAS in the first instance, UCAS website

    Applications for accommodation usually open late Spring. For more information pleae see the following link; Student accommodation

    Students aged 19 ( as of 31 August) and above can study any of our part time or short courses as well as our Access to Higher Education and Higher Education programme. Some of floristry, horticulture and arboriculture courses may also be available to adult learners. Please contact the College Admissions Team for more information, 08000 224556. Adult learning

    Yes, you can speak to the College Admissions Team on 08000 224556 who can provide general course choice advice and guidance or you can drop in to one of our Course Advice Days.

    Course Advice Days are normally held on Saturday morning's from 9am-12pm. They provide an excellent opportunity to speak to course tutors, find out more about the courses we offer, have a tour of the facilities and speak to Student Services about any non academic questions like transport or bursaries. Dates are advertised on our website. Course Advice Day

    We also have our campus open days, known as a 'Big Day Out' which take place in the summer term. Both campuses and facilities are available for you to explore, speak to tutors and students, watch demonstrations and have a go at activities. If you like what you see you can also make an application on the day. Details on the Big Day Out will be advertised on our website nearer the time

    Please see the following links for more information on applying for your bus pass;Easton transport information or Otley transport information

    Please contact the College Admissions Team on 08000 224556 who will be able to advise of any future interview dates and rebook your interview to a suitable date.

    To cancel your application pleae contact the College Admissions Team on 08000 224556 or use the contact us form on our website.

    The College Admissions Team will send out letters to all students aged 19 and over, on relevant courses, providing all the information needed from Easton & Otley College to enable you to make an online application with Student Finance England. These letters will be sent out during the summer term.

    Applications for the college bursary are made online. You should make sure that you read the guidance notes prior to making an application to ensure that you are eligible. Further information can be found on Financial Support