Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Equine Industry and Study Tour
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Field Trip 5 x 9 Hour Field Trips
Lecture 22 x 1 Hour Lectures


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 3000 word investigational project.  50%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   50%
Supplementary Assessment 100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Describe activities associated with specific aspects of the equine industry

2. Outline the history and development of the horse and the equine industry

3. Discuss the vocational activities offered by equine industry in order to order to inform a student'r own future career

Brief description

This module is based around structured lectures, demonstrations, guest speakers and a study tour where various aspects of the equine industry are examined and compared. The taught lectures and the study tour will cover a range of different commercial organisations and may include, racing training stables, studs and allied enterprises such as racecourses, and sales. Other enterprises examined may include veterinary laboratories, veterinary practices or schools, equine sporting events, non-Thoroughbred breeding and/or training centres, and auction houses.


The module aims will be achieved by covering a variety of areas which may include:

  • Historical development of the use of the domesticated horse
  • Structure of the equine industry (governance, leading organisations)
  • Legislation and regulations that impact the equine industry
  • Competitive and sporting aspects of the equine industry
  • Allied industries, such as veterinary, farriery, pharmaceutical, therapy, dentistry, retail, horse sales
  • Introduction to equine welfare, ethics, legislation and the role of charities
  • Alternative commercial uses for the horse, eg drug production (such as Premarin), meat, agricultural use
  • The existence and role of semi-feral horse populations
  • Identification of career development opportunities and the steps required to achieve these

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Written communication will be assessed through the study tour project and feedback given. The study tour and demonstrations will develop social and verbal skills as students will be expected to contribute to discussion sessions. This element will not be assessed.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will receive written feedback on their coursework and as the learning outcomes include specific aspects of exploring employment opportunities, feedback will directly relate to their knowledge of career opportunities
Information Technology The presentation of coursework (IT skills) will form part of the study tour project assessment: the assignment will also be required to include figures which must be correctly presented using appropriate manipulation of computer programmes and feedback will be given.
Personal Development and Career planning Industry contacts will be made during the module and students will be required to identify career opportunities in their coursework.
Problem solving
Research skills Students will gain research experience by researching literature and questioning visiting speakers and enterprise representatives both prior to and during the study tour in order to complete the coursework. Feedback will be given on this assessment.
Subject Specific Skills Knowledge of the equine industry in order to inform the student's knowledge of career opportunities.
Team work


This module is at CQFW Level 4