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Course Factsheet

Diploma of Higher Education Farriery

Award Type:

Diploma of Higher Education



Study Modes available:

Part-time (Blended Learning)

Delivery Method:


Course length:

2 years part-time

UCAS Code:



Myerscough College, Preston

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Entry Requirements:

The minimum qualification for entry will be a tariff agreement of advanced standing into Level 5 complete.  Students must be qualified registered farriers, listed on the WCF register having gained the Diploma of the Worshipful Company of Farriers and have a minimum of one year of post-qualification experience, taken from the date of first registration.  During studies the student is required to be employed in, or have agreed access to placement in a suitable farriery clinical environment for a minimum of 12 weeks annually.

Students from outside the UK will be expected to provide evidence of working within the farriery industry as a practicing farrier for a minimum of 3 years full-time and hold a recognised farriery qualification which would make them eligible for registration in the UK and an appropriate academic qualification.  Students from outside the UK will also be required to fulfil the requirements for temporary registration by the Farriers Registration Council.

Applicants who believe they may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Experience/Learning (APE/L) for certain modules will be considered on an individual basis.  Transferable/Key Skills and AS levels may be used to contribute to the entry requirement but they are not sufficient for entry on their own.  Career experience of student skills may also be considered.

Applicants for whom English is a second language must be able to demonstrate proof of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at level 7.0 or equivalent.  The applicant must forward evidence of eligibility to the College prior to acceptance on the course.

All offers may be subject to successful interview.

The course will also facilitate the attainment of the Worshipful Company of Farriers Associate qualification.  This is a distinct award, based on a high standard of traditional farriery skills and made by the WCF by way of separate examination.

Please note: the Dip HE Farriery offered by Myerscough College, in conjunction with the University of Central Lancashire, and the AWCF are two distinct awards and must be enrolled upon independently.  To attain the AWCF candidates must:

·         Be registered for examination by the WCF

·         The award of AWCF is at the discretion of the WCF

Further information regarding the AWCF is available from the WCF.

Course Description:

This, innovative and dynamic diploma course, running in conjunction with the School of Health at the University of Central Lancashire is accessible, flexible, progressive and professionally recordable and will fill a niche in Farriery education provision.  It has been structured in such a way that will facilitate both the personal and professional development of qualified Farriers and positively assist those who are returning to academic work.

The nature of the course, having both a theoretical and clinical perspective, necessitates access to practice of at least 12 weeks annually for the duration of the course.  Students are also expected to attend College for study days to support their studies.

On completion of this course students will be able to:

·      Demonstrate advanced clinical competency in advanced farriery

·      Embrace a holistic approach to farriery related equine podiatric care

·      Critically reflect and evaluate personal and professional development and the concept lifelong learning.

·      Demonstrate an increased awareness of employability skills, sustainability and the significance of internationalisation in their chosen field of study.


Year 1

All Year 1 modules are core modules and must be taken.  All modules are year-long. 

Applied Anatomy and Physiology

This module will develop the student's knowledge of the equine musculoskeletal system.  With emphasis on horse legs and feet.  Studying both statics and dynamics (kinematics and kinetics) and their potential effect on equine hoof morphology.

Farriery Protocols

The student will acquire knowledge of how changes in the stance can be affected by hoof growth.  The student will analyse the performance of the horse's gait and help manage lameness developing a greater understanding of the biomechanical effects of farriery interventions.

Essential Study IT and Research Skills (half module)

This module will cover a range of study, time management, reflective and technology skills including word processing and spreadsheets.  Use of library and electronic searching for source material as well as academic writing, presentation and use of reference and bibliographic material will be developed.  An insight into the research process will also be introduced.

Modern Approaches to Farriery (half module)

This module Introduces the student to a variety of engineering processes required to fabricate remedial and therapeutic prosthetic devices including shoes.  The module will also cover the use of polymers and acrylics and new approaches in equine hoof care.

Year 2

This year incorporates specialist clinical optional modules.  The modules taken will be dependent on the student's planned clinical preference.  All modules are year-long.

Pathophysiology of the Equine Limb

An appreciation of the pathology common diseases and disorders of the equine limb including aetiology, clinical signs, veterinary and farriery treatment protocols, how disease affects biomechanical function and prognostic indicators.  The student will practise applying farriery protocols accurately accounting for biomechanical and environmental variation for common pathological conditions with the aid of diagnostic techniques.

Lameness Assessment and Diagnostic Imaging of the Equine Lower Limb

This module will include theoretical knowledge of the radiographic diagnostic techniques employed in veterinary practice and the significance of the relevant health and safety implications.  The principles of radiation, radiography and emerging imaging techniques will be covered.  The module content will be focused on common pathologies in the modern sports/leisure horses.  This module will enable the student to develop an understanding of diagnostic techniques, and interpretation for farriery based podiatric therapies prescribed by attending Veterinary Surgeons.

Farriery Clinical Case Studies

This module will enable the student to demonstrate their ability to work independently in the production of a negotiated project of the student's choice on an area of special clinical interest.  The content of the module will be directed and identified during the exploration of the nature of the project.  The project will demonstrate critical reflective and analytical skills in the selection, preparation and presentation of material.  In the process of evaluation and analysis it will be necessary for the student to conduct case studies.  This module will develop the observational and analytical skills necessary to enable the student to achieve this.

An additional module will be available for students wanting to further improve their traditional skills.  This will benefit students wanting to take Worshipful Company Practical Examinations.

Shoeing for Conformation Defects, Surgical and Pathological Conditions

The student will make and fit a variety of traditional steel hand-forged shoes for conformation faults and pathological conditions.

Detailed Course Content

Click here for full details of course content, delivery and assessment including Programme Specification, Course Structure, Module Descriptors, Module Learning Plan and Reading Lists.

Learning Environment:

Learning activities on the course are diverse, including weekly lesson delivery on Bloom for each module the student is studying, and lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops during the study weekends.  Students will be expected to undertake extensive independent study and research to support lectures, seminars and assessments.  Group work and collaboration will form an important part of the course and the student’s personal and professional development.  Students will also have access to specialist IT hardware and software where necessary to support their studies.

Special Requirements:

Access to a personal computer, the internet and a current email account is essential, recommended computer software requirements are:

·         Microsoft Windows XP or Microsoft Windows 8

·         Microsoft Office 2010

·         Broadband internet access

The following software is available as free downloadable software and will also be required:

·         Adobe Acrobat Reader XI (11.0)

·         Author ware Viewer

·         Adobe Flash Player 11.5.502.110

Extra Costs: 

Books - approximately £500 (recommended texts will be indicated on reading lists).

Accommodation during study periods at Myerscough College.

WCF fees: details are available from: the Worshipful Company of Farriers, Sheridan House, Keinton Mandeville, Somerton, Somerset, TA11 6DX, Telephone: 020 7222 2001, Website: www.wcf.org.uk

Additional Information:

We are mindful of the extra support required by students taking the blended learning route and have included in the course, study provision events at the Myerscough campus.  Prior to the commencement of the course, an intensive introductory 3 day study programme will be held in early September.  It is vitally important that students attend these first study days as we will be able to assess the support required, provide technical advice on the use of Bloom, discuss the course and the most suitable route for achieving the student's goals, introduce the course leader, module and personal tutors and begin lesson delivery for all modules.  It is also an opportunity for students to ask any questions which they might have about the course and to meet their fellow students, beginning the development of the peer support network which they will find very helpful during their studies with us at Myerscough.  In addition, the students will be expected to attend 2 study days per month from October to May.

 Year 2 of the course also involves an introductory 2 day study programme in early September and it is vitally important students attend these first study days as an introduction to Year 2 and their chosen option modules.  In addition, the students will be expected to attend 2 study days per month from October to May.

The study sessions will include theoretical and practical sessions, seminars, specialist guest speakers, interactive workshops and group discussions in addition to affording opportunities for exchange of information within peer groups, group and individual tutorial sessions with module and personal tutors.  Myerscough has excellent teaching, practical and clinical resources and specialist farriery and veterinary guest speakers, experts in their fields, who are a key component of the study weekend programmes.  Accommodation on campus cannot be guaranteed but a comprehensive list of local accommodation is available on request.

What work experience can I get?

The nature of the course, which embraces module outcomes from both a theoretical and clinical perspective, necessitates access to practice.  Students will therefore be required to be employed in, or have agreed access to, placement in a suitable farriery practice or veterinary referral clinical environment for at least 12 weeks annually.

What careers can you follow?

The course aims to provide a programme of farriery related education which will enable Dip HE Farriery holders to analyse key academic themes in the subject area and critically evaluate the wide range of management issues within different sectors of the equine hoof care and farriery industry, which will therefore prepare them for a successful career in the UK or overseas.  The course promotes an ethos of self-development and reflection throughout the curriculum in order to foster a greater personal awareness and the confidence necessary to manage others.  The course is designed with the intention that its graduates will be able to function effectively at a managerial level within the equine hoof care and farriery industry.  Modular content emphasises the importance of career development and planning throughout.

Examples of possible careers included:

·         Senior farrier in Specialist Referral Veterinary Practice

·         Lecturer/Senior Nurse in Farriery Schools

·         Technical Advisor in Specialist Manufacturing and Distribution Companies

·         Lecturer in Educational Establishments

·         Consultancy in Equine Podiatry and Hoof care

·         Managerial positions in Welfare Organisations

What are our graduates doing now?

100% of the BSc students remained in practice having completed the course.  Many successful students have subsequently developed their practices to incorporate referrals from Veterinary practices and University hospitals.  Others have moved into academia or consultancy positions. Many students have also taken the opportunity to progress on to the BSc (Hons) Top-up degree.

What international opportunities are available?

The international opportunities for students associated with this course become apparent post-qualification as the course content will prepare them for a successful career in the UK or overseas.  UK farriery qualifications are recognised as some of the best in the World, and as such graduates of this course would be able to gain farriery related employment in any country, including Europe, America and Australia.  Some course graduates have indeed moved to some of these countries or gone travelling and their knowledge and skills have consequently allowed them to easily find farriery related employment.

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How To Apply

To apply for this course please select the coloured tab, relating to the centre you wish to study at, on the right hand side of this screen. You can save your progress if you prefer to do it in stages but you must complete all sections of the form.

Myerscough College - general contact details

Address: Myerscough College, St Michael's Road, Bilsborrow, Preston
Lancashire PR3 0RY
Telephone:01995 642222 Email: enquiries@myerscough.ac.uk

Individual Learning Requirements

Prospective students who have a learning difficulty or disability that may affect their studies should inform the College as soon as possible so that reasonable adjustments can be initiated, as appropriate. Where necessary students will be asked for evidence to help identify appropriate adjustments. If students wish to apply for a Disabled Student Allowance they need to seek advice from Student Finance England (or equivalent) which funds this provision for Higher Education Students. Please note that DSA funding is not available on all courses.

Please note that the information provided in this fact sheet was accurate at the date of publication. However, courses are continually being modified and information is therefore subject to change.