Accredited Level 3 Diploma in Equine Science


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Accredited Level 3 Diploma in Equine Science

Accredited Level 3Diploma in Equine Science



The equine industry is becoming increasingly popular with many people now taking up the sport of horse riding. This diploma gives students the general knowledge required to properly care for a horse and understand different behaviours and issues that you may come across in a horse’s lifetime. This knowledge will better equip students to make decisions regarding health and welfare and be appreciative of the science behind equines.


Module 1 - General Principles in Science

This initial module provides basic information on what on science its importance for equine studies. Firstly the classification of organisms is explored and then the module moves into the biology of mammals and chemist associated with physiology of mammals. This module gives the foundation on equines as mammals. It looks at the different cycles such as the nitrogen cycle is studied to highlight the interactions between the environment and living organisms. This module also looks at the function and structure of different cells, division of cells and the cycles they complete.


Module 2 - Equine Anatomy and Physiology

This module moves away from mammals in general and looks at equines specifically with attention on their structure and how they work. Primary systems such as the endocrine and immune systems have been looked at in detail as well as the points of the horse with bones and muscle details also covered. The nervous system of the horse and its senses has been explored and the respiratory system and urinary system also form part of this module. Terms associated with the anatomy and physiology of horses has also been provided.


Module 3 – Genetics

The genetics of horses has over the years formed an integral part of this industry. Selective breeding has been used in order to gain desirable qualities within the horse for many purposes including speed. This module looks at the process of selective breeding and some of the theories associated with genetics. The process of cells and cell division is studies as well as genetic mutations which can occur. This leads into the issue of genetic disorders and how this can affect horses which are discussed alongside natural and artificial selection. Following this, students will learn about genetic drift and gene flow and the comparisons between inbreeding and outbreeding.


Module 4 – Reproduction

Horse breeding is one of the most important elements of the breeding industry. Therefore understanding the reproductive organs of both the mare and stallion and how their systems work is very important. This module looks at the anatomy of horses as well as the mating procedure, artificial insemination and embryo transfer techniques used for the breeding of horses. The initial period of pregnancy is also looked at in detail and the stage by stage development of the foal. Some of the complications of pregnancy and before and after foaling will be studied to give a greater understanding of the whole breeding process.


Module 5 - Equine Nutrition

The nutrition of a horse it vital in ensuring its health and welfare are of a very good standard. Being aware of nutrition and the role it plays better equips a person to be able to manage any issues that could arise. This module begins with looking at the digestive system of a horse and how they can digest food. Nutrients are important for a horse and how they affect energy and respiration will also be studied. Different vitamins and minerals are explored such as Vitamins B1 and calcium to give a greater understanding of how each of these elements create a nutritional balance. This module also gives a basic understanding of how to determine feed rationings for horses based on things like their workload. Types of feed and how to monitor a horse died will also be studied in order to minimise health issues that could occur.


Module 6 - Equine Diseases

At some point, a horse will experience an ailment and it is important to be aware of some of the key diseases horses can be subjected to and how to best care for the horse in these situations. The main causes associated with diseases are covered in this module along with the impact that the immune system has for fighting infections. Viral diseases are then studied with key examples such as Equine Viral Arteritis explored in depth. Bacterial and fungal diseases which are common are looked at and some of the treatment measures used. Furthermore many other diseases such as those of a degenerative nature will be studied to give a overview of the variety, depth and severity of the diseases horses can take.


Module 7 - Veterinary Science

Following on from the previous module, this module explores the care horses received in the form of veterinary science and medicine. Key legislations associated with veterinary science are covered alongside the different signs and signals that a horse may be ill or need medical attention. This module covers the basics in administering first aid practices to horses as well as how horses are accessed and diagnosed within a veterinary clinic. Some of the most common treatment practices such as antihistamines and anti-infectives are studied and particular emphasis is placed on potential problems that can occur for example colic or issues during surgery.


Module 8 - Equine Behavioural Science

If a horse’s behaviour changes it can be as a result of a number of different issues. Understanding why a horse acts or reacts to different environments and situations can be both interesting and invaluable to ensuring the health and welfare of the horse. Module 8 explores the domestication of horses and herd structure along with how gender differences can impact on behaviour especially within a herd. Genetics and its role will also be studied to show how inheriting different characteristics and behavioural traits are evident within different breeds. Another important impact on behaviour is the health of a horse, this is discussed and how signs of unusual behaviour for example being aggressive could indicate the horse is in pain. Other aspects affecting behaviour such as diet and horses senses will be studied and how a horse learns will also be discussed as a way of how behaviour can be accounted for. Finally some behavioural issues will be looked at and how they can be reduced or controlled.


Module 9 - Exercise Physiology

Module 9 considers the role of exercise on the horse’s body. Significant organs such as the heart are studied in a bid to comprehend some of the adaptations horses have to make when exercising. Adaptations that occur with a horse is in training is considered and its consequence on muscles and structures such as bones. How to maximise the performance of a horse is also deliberated along with how to increase fitness effectively through appropriate methods of training. The advantages and disadvantages of training different methods of training are explored alongside the problems that can arise from them including dehydration. This knowledge provides a solid foundation on how to balance exercise with looking after the health and welfare of the horse.


Module 10 - Science and the Equine Industry

With the equine industry considered to be increasing and it is estimated that 2.4 million people ride, the industry as a whole and what it consists of is studied within this module. Research around this industry is explored and the main organisations associated with the research such as The Laminitis Trust will also be looked at. Studies surrounding breeding and reproduction for performance sports, cloning of horses, the development of drugs and vaccines are also shown. Other developments such as farriery and research into the safety of riders have also been taken into consideration. The research development of science is vital to the survival of the equine industry in the future and therefore keeping abreast of these developments is very important for any students studying equine science.



The coursework is assessed through continuous assessment with no formal exit examinations. Through assessment you will cover certain criteria such as:

  • Theoretical Knowledge/ Understanding
  • Practical Implications
  • Integration of Theory and Practice.


The course has TWO Tutor Marked Assignment (TMA); which are graded: Pass or Fail. The grading procedure if Pass or Fail. Your grade will depend upon if the criteria set ha been met and the decision of your tutor. If you Fail an assessment you have the opportunity to amend where your tutor has highlighted and resubmit.


Study Hours (Per Unit)

Approximately: 20 hours personal study time per unit, which is supported by the ODL Course Tutor, but we greatly encouraged students to access support from their tutor throughout the course.



The whole course MUST be completed and both assignments graded PASS to gain the “Oxford Learning College Level Three Diploma in Aromatherapy”

Course Fee: £850.00 Fees can be paid by instalments.

Entry Requirement/Progression

Entry to this level three course requires that potential students have gained GCSE/IGCSE or equivalent qualifications and have, good English oral, reading and writing skills.

Advice on enrolment and guidance of prior learning (APL) can be obtained through out contact centre. The course is a rolling programme and can be started at any point in the year. Successful students can go on to Higher Education, including remaining as students at OLC to complete courses in our portfolio of higher awards.



This course has been developed by the College’s professional team of tutors to meet the needs of sector based employers and employees. It is also part of the College’s validated level three Diplomas’, recognised internationally, as verified and moderated Centre for Interactive Education (CIE Global). Further details of our accreditations are provided on our website.

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This product was added to our catalog on Monday 23 November, 2015.