BSc (Hons) Farriery (Top-up) Part Time

About the course

The course is delivered at University Centre Myerscough and awarded by the University of Central Lancashire. This innovative and dynamic course, running in conjunction with the School of Health Sciences at the University of Central Lancashire is accessible, flexible and progressive, and will fill a worldwide niche in farriery education provision. It has been structured in such a way that will facilitate both the personal and professional development of suitably qualified Farriers.

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. The student will be required to attend College periodically for study days to support their studies.

In addition, students on the course will be offered the opportunity to take the Train the Training Farrier Award (TTFA) course as a free additional qualification between years one and two of the programme (if they have not studied this during the Dip HE Farriery course) which will enhance their coaching and mentoring skills and encourage them to become approved training farriers (ATFs).

On completion of this course students will be able to:

· Demonstrate practical farriery clinical competency based on underpinning knowledge of farriery practice at Honours Degree Level and develop enhanced clinical competency in a range of farriery and hoof care specialisms.

· Develop communication and interpersonal skills including coaching and mentoring skills.

· Demonstrate the value of critical reflection in personal and professional development, encouraging the concept of lifelong learning.

· Develop and apply research skill expertise to promote and advance farriery practice.

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

The qualification will also facilitate progression onto MSc and PhD programmes.

Course modules

Year 1

Professional Practitioner Research Proposal

The module will foster research awareness, the development of transferrable skills, including the capacity for self-management and the concept of life-long learning. It will also enable students to develop the skills to locate and critically appraise research and present this information to an acceptable academic standard, and cultivate the student’s knowledge of a topic from their professional discipline as a basis for future action. Experimental and exploratory designs will be taught so that data and observations can be assessed for accuracy and reliability. The appropriateness of the investigational or exploratory methods will be explored together with suitable data analytical techniques. Methods of reporting the results of scientific investigations and explorations will be appraised.

Biomechanics, Static and Dynamic Analysis

The student will study both statics and dynamics (kinematics and kinetics) in horse legs and feet. The module will also explore and evaluate the effectiveness of farriery protocols and encourage the student to formulate further strategies for managing horses with conformational abnormalities. The response and change in biomechanical function of the horse will also be analysed throughout this module.

Equine Functional Anatomy

This module will enhance the student's knowledge of the equine musculoskeletal system and will focus on the primary functions of anatomical aspects of the feet and limbs and their interrelationship with other aspects of the equine skeletal structure and their significance to soundness and good gait.

Year 2

Dissertation (Double module)

This module will enable the student to demonstrate his/her ability to work independently in the production of a substantial piece of work. The freedom to nominate at topic of his or her own choice (in agreement with the tutor) allows the student to undertake a piece of work of special interests that demonstrates an in-depth investigation off an area of research whilst facilitating the development of research skills and the quest for new knowledge.

Advanced Farriery Practice

The aims of this module are to: critically evaluate the effectiveness of farriery protocols employed with horses with conformational abnormalities, surgical and pathological conditions and faulty gait. Enable the learner to design farriery strategies for managing horses with conformational abnormalities, surgical and pathological conditions, and faulty gait. Apply farriery protocols in cases of horses with surgical and pathological conditions and faulty gait and to analyse the response and change in biomechanical function of horses’ feet and limbs in relation to applied farriery protocols.

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

Students will have gained the Foundation Degree Farriery, Diploma Higher Education Farriery or the Associate of the Worshipful Company of Farriers, (which equates to general education qualifications at Foundation Degree Level) or equivalent. All students will be expected to be working within the farriery industry as a practising Farrier and must be eligible for registration under the Farriers Registration Act 1975.

Applicants for the BSc (Hons) Top-up who hold only the Associate of Worshipful Company of Farriers (AWCF) will be expected to undertake a bespoke bridging module ‘Essential Study, IT and Research Skills’ at Myerscough prior to commencing on the BSc (Hons) Top up; successful completion of this module will ensure that students holding the AWCF qualification have the necessary knowledge and skills required to study at Level 6.

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 (FRC).

Applicants for whom English is a second language must be able to demonstrate proof of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at level 6.0 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.

Learning and assessment

Learning Environment:

Learning activities on the course are diverse, including weekly lesson delivery on Canvas for each module the student is studying, and lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops during the study days. 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.

Assessment:

Students will face a variety of assessments including a combination of coursework, unseen examinations, individual presentations and practical assessments. The coursework assessment methods will include essays, reports and dissertation work.

Additional Information:

Study Days

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.

Study Day Dates

Year 1 and Year 2: HE students will be expected to attend 2 study days per month from September to May.

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 for at least 12 weeks annually.

Progression

On successful completion of the course students may apply for further academic opportunities including, MA, MEd, MSc, MPhil, PhD and related courses.

Careers

The course aims to provide a programme of farriery education which will enable BSc (Hons) Degree holders to analyse key academic themes in the subject area and critically evaluate the wide range of management issues within different sectors of the 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 farriery industry. Modular content emphasises the importance of career development and planning throughout.

Examples of possible careers included:

· Senior farrier in Specialist Referral Practice

· Lecturer/Senior Lecturer 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 Animal Welfare Organisations.

Professional accreditations

To progress onto this course the students must be registered with the farriers Registration Council and hold a recognised farriery related qualification.

Special requirements

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

· Microsoft Windows 10 (or equivalent)

· Broadband internet access

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

· Adobe Acrobat Reader DC (2017)

· Adobe Flash Player 26.0.0.131

Extra Costs:

Additional costs for items that are essential for the course include:

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

· Accommodation during study periods at Myerscough College.

Farriery

Farriery, or the shoeing of horses, is an ancient craft. A farrier is a skilled craftsperson, capable of making shoes to suit all types of horse and their working conditions. Modern farriers must have knowledge of the anatomy of horses’ feet and legs, be able to work alongside vets, manage and handle horses, understand and meet the needs of clients and successfully run their own business.

Our Partnership with UCLan

All our Higher Education programmes are awarded by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Myerscough College is an Associate School of the University of Central Lancashire, a dynamic, vibrant and contemporary university located in Preston city centre. UCLan is one of the largest universities in the UK with world-leading and internationally excellent research areas. It offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.