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

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    Equine Studies

    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.

    Course Information

    • Qualification: BSc (Top-Up)
    • Course Code: D901
    • Start Date: 09/05/2019
    • Duration: 1 year full-time
    • Campus: Easton, Otley
    • 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)

    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.

    Course 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
    • Employment
    • Masters Degree at another institution
    • PhD


    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

    For students resident in England and aged 18 and under on 31 August, before they are due to start their course in September, then your full time course fees are fully funded. For students aged 19 and over, and those looking to study a short course, please contact the College Admissions Team for more details on 08000 224556.

    There are buses from all over Norfolk and Suffolk which will drop students off at college. For details of bus routes and other transport options, please see the 'Easton Transport Information' link or Otley Transport Information .

    Once we receive your application for your course we will check your details and any grades/predicted grades to make sure that you meet any entry requirements. The College Admissions Team will then contact you to arrange your interview with a course tutor. If you are successful at your interview then you will be offered a place on your chosen course or if the tutor feels that you may be suited to another course they will advise you of this.

    We will then invite you to attend a Keep in Touch day held in early July where you can come on to campus, meet your tutors and other students hoping to study the same course, gain some campus familiarisation, learn more about your course, do some activities and ask any questions that you may have.

    Enrolment commences once GCSE results are released, you will be sent details regarding completing your enrolment in July, advising of a date and time.

    Once you have successfully completed your enrolment you will receive your timetable and confirmation of your course start date.

    You don't need to let the college know your GCSE results, instead you should attend your enrolment appointment, which will have been sent to you beforehand. Please bring all exam results with you so that we can make sure you have met the entry requirements for your course.

    Don't panic if you haven't got the grades for your chosen course, we will always try and find a suitable course for you. We will be able to offer you an alternative course in the same or similar subject area. We will do this when you attend for your enrolment where there will also be course tutors on hand to speak to you about your course options.

    If you have done better than predicted then we can also change your course offer to the most appropriate level. Again this is all done at enrolment.

    We strongly encourage all students to source their own work placement however we are aware that sometimes this can be difficult. We have work placement coordinators who can help you find your work placement and ensure that all students are able to fulfill this requirement. More information will be provided to you prior to you starting your course. Please see Work Placement for more information.

    The college term dates can found using the following link;

    College officially starts back on the first full week of September however not all courses will start on the Monday. You will advised of your actual start date at enrolment.

    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