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Writtle University College

Thoroughbred Stud Operations

UCAS Code: D432

Certificate of Higher Education - CertHE

Entry requirements


45 credits at level 3 with a mix of Distinction and Merit in relevant science-based subject to meet the overall UCAS entry tariff.

48 UCAS tariff points, to include 2 x B3 or H3 higher

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

PPP

48 UCAS tariff points, to include 1 x B & 1 x C

48 UCAS tariff points, to include one GCE A level grade C or above All applicants must hold a minimum of four GCSE passes at grade C or above to include English, Maths and Science.

About this course


Course option

1.0year

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Equine studies

This award aims to combine a sound knowledge of breeding theory with a range of assessed practical competencies to ensure that the graduate will be a sought-after employee within the thoroughbred stud industry. The one-year Certificate of Higher Education in Thoroughbred Stud Operations award will provide a tailored course to appeal to those students interested in developing their knowledge across a range of disciplines pertinent to breeding thoroughbred racehorses. This theoretical knowledge is combined with extensive practical experience and the development of an appropriate work ethic.

Combining the acquisition of practical and transferable skills with theoretical understanding, the award will produce graduates capable of applying their scientific knowledge to the successful production of young thoroughbreds. The racing industry is worth £1.1bn to the UK economy, with the stud sector accounting for £189m (British Horseracing Authority). Despite the obvious career opportunities, many of the large and well-known studs are in need of appropriately qualified and highly skilled staff; this award works directly with these breeders to provide students with an unrivalled entry point into this exciting industry.

The practical and work experience modules embedded within this award are designed to enable a dedicated, hard-working student to really stand out to potential employers. Writtle University College boasts a new purpose-built stud facility on campus to support the delivery of this award. The course has been designed in conjunction with some of the biggest and most prestigious names in UK thoroughbred production; representatives from these studs will work closely with Writtle University College staff to provide an unrivalled work experience placement for a January to June foaling season. Placements will be offered to those students who prove themselves committed and dedicated to developing their skill set, both on the yard and in the classroom. Whilst out on placement, students will be responsible for handling some of the most valuable horses in the UK, so each individual student must be physically fit and will be assessed for competence, attitude and aptitude during their first taught semester at Writtle, before commencing their placement.

The course examines how we can meet the requirements of the foaling mare whilst developing a sense of the scale of the industry. It includes modules in Producing Thoroughbreds, Neonatal Challenges, Applied Thoroughbred Industry Techniques, Structure and Function of the Breeding Horse and Management and Handling for the Stud Industry. The aim is to provide the student with a thorough understanding of all of the possible contributors to production performance; thus enabling the individual to contribute positively to the industry following completion of the course. Developing a thorough scientific understanding, combined with the ability to apply that knowledge practically, will enable the individual to take a proactive role following graduation. Writtle’s approach of ‘science into practice’ is particularly evident in this programme.

This course is appropriate for those who wishing to pursue a sustained and progressive career in thoroughbred horse production. As an individual seeking employment within the racing industry, it is imperative to understand the influencing factors that affect the successful production of young foals. The young thoroughbred is a complex creature, with supporting needs that require careful consideration and appropriate intervention at all stages of production. In addition to the management of the foal, mare and stallion, students will develop an awareness of the wider industry and the opportunities that exist for capable, talented staff to progress into a range of different roles given the right experience.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,100
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Writtle University College

Department:

Equine

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

70%
low
Equine studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Animal science

Teaching and learning

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
74%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

84%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
78%
Course specific equipment and facilities
44%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
17%
Male students
83%
Female students
39%
2:1 or above
2%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Animal science

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£15,000
low
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
93%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

46%
Animal care and control services
9%
Other elementary services occupations
7%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

These stats refer to the prospects for graduates from both general animal studies courses and those for particular animals (such as equine science). Graduates don't generally get jobs as vets when they graduate; much the most common jobs tend to be roles caring for animals, such as veterinary nurses. Some of these jobs are not currently classified as professional level occupations, but in reality, you need a degree to get these jobs (and probably always have done), and graduates in them report that they got the jobs that they wanted. So the stats you see might not completely represent just how useful these degrees are for getting into animal care careers.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Equine studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£19k

£19k

£18k

£18k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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