TOCES Introductory Diploma in Equine Nutrition

    As an ever-emerging and developing field, equine nutrition forms a key element of equine management.

    TOCES Introductory Diploma in Equine Nutrition is designed for learners with an interest in nutrition seeking to expand their knowledge and is ideal for horse owners, yard managers, feed company managers and their employees. The programme is delivered at Levels 2 and 3, discussing anatomy and physiology of the equine gastrointestinal tract, nutrient requirements of the equine diet, formulation of rations and diet-induced clinical disorders.

    There is optional attendance at an Equine Nutrition Workshop which will help to consolidate the study of this programme.
    If you have already completed an Equine Science/Management qualification at Level 3 or above, why not have a look at the TOCES Higher Education Diploma in Equine Nutrition?

    The course is designed to:

    • Provide learners with a foundation level of knowledge of equine nutrition as it forms a key element of equine management.
    • Provide a good introduction to nutrition for students wishing to progress to a higher education qualification in this area such as the TOCES Higher Education Diploma in Equine Nutrition.

     

    TOCES Introductory Diploma in Equine Nutrition is ideal for:

    • Learners with an interest in nutrition seeking to expand their knowledge.
    • Horse owners, yard managers, feed company managers and their employees.

    Course Accreditation

    Academic Level:

    Further Education Level 2 and 3

    Number of Modules:

    4

    Study Hours per Module:

    60

    Total Hours:

    240

    Course Duration:

    18 months

    Study Week Requirements:

    Optional attendance at an Equine Nutrition Workshop (2 days)

    Upon enrolment students are provided with access onto our online E-Learning Centre where they will find all of their course material, assignments and other helpful study resources.

     

    The course is divided into modules which consist of:

    • Detailed illustrated interactive online learning resources including webinars and online lectures.
    • In-text questions to answer and in-text activities to complete
    • Over the course of the programme you will complete four work assignments. Referring to the course material, students complete the work assignments at their own pace and submit each in turn for marking and assessment. Student work is assessed by qualified tutors, graded where appropriate and returned to you with detailed feedback.
    • Aged 16 or more – there is no upper age limit
    • Interested in learning more about equine nutrition

    Equine Nutrition Workshop:

    Students of the Introductory Diploma in Equine Nutrition may attend an optional Equine Nutrition Workshop to consolidate their study. It is recommended that students enrolled on this programme attend days 1 and 2; though are welcome to attend day 3 in addition if they wish.

    Please refer to our Study Weeks page for more information.

    The fee for these workshops are:

    2 days – £175

    3 days – £265

    You don’t have to be an enrolled TOCES student to attend the workshops!

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    Module/Unit Details

    • Module 1 Introduction to Equine Digestive Anatomy and Physiology

      Upon completion of this module, learners will be able to:
      • Recognise the basic anatomy of the horse’s digestive tract
      • Understand the basic function of the digestive system
      • Identify the process of digestion in the foregut
      • Identify the process of fermentation in the hindgut

    • Module 2 Nutrients and Feedstuffs in the Equine Diet

      Upon completion of this module learners will be able to:
      • Identify the nutrients needed in the horse’s diet
      • Understand the function of nutrients in the horse’s diet
      • Identify different types of feedstuffs
      • Know the nutritional value of different types of feedstuffs

    • Module 3 Formulating a Basic Ration

      Upon completion of this module learners will:
      • Know the rules of feeding
      • Be able to calculate the amount of feed a horse needs daily
      • Be able to calculate what proportion of the ration should be hay and what proportion should be concentrates
      • Know how to put together a basic feed ration for different types of horses and ponies

    • Module 4 Introduction to Equine Diet-Related Disorders

      Upon completion of this module learners will be able to:
      • Recognise the aspects of a horse’s diet and management which may lead to digestive disorders
      • Explain the potential effects of changes to the horse’s usual feed regime
      • Discuss the dietary management of horses and ponies affected by laminitis
      • Discuss the dietary management of horses and ponies affected by Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS)

    Enrolment

    Full Payment

    £175

    • Online access to all course material and assignments
    • Tutor support

    Pay as You Learn

    £67 Initial Fee

    • Four further payments of £27

    FAQs

    • Enrolment and Fees

      Enrolments are accepted for all courses anytime throughout the year

      Following enrolment you will be provided with access onto out online E-Learning Centre where you will find all of your course material, assignments and other helpful study resources.

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