TOCES Introductory Diploma in Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation

    The Open College of Equine Studies is now accepting enrolments for the new Introductory Diploma in Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation, to start in November 2018.

    The course is designed to:

    • Introduce the key ethical and legal principles applicable to the application of equine therapy;
    • Familiarise learners with the foundation skills and knowledge required to assist with the maintenance of health and soundness in the horse;
    • Introduce learners to the specialist training requirements needed for professional development;
    • Provide a programme of training which permits progression onto further training courses.

    TOCES Introductory Diploma in Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation is ideal for:

    • Those interested in equine therapy and rehabilitation who wish to establish a foundation base knowledge upon which to build and develop further skills. Please note that this course on its own does not qualify you as an equine therapist;
    • Horse owners, and those thinking about a future career in equine therapeutics.

    Course Accreditation

    Academic Level:

    Further Education Level 3

    Number of Units:

    6

    Study Hours per Unit:

    150

    Total Hours:

    900

    Course Duration:

    18 months

    Study Week Requirements:

    2 x 4½ day study weeks

    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 text.
    • In-text questions to answer and in-text activities.

    Over the course of the programme you will complete assignments for each module. Referring to the course material, you will complete the work assignments at your own pace and submit each in turn for marking and assessment. Your work is assessed by qualified tutors, graded and returned to you with detailed feedback.

    During study weeks lectures combine classroom and practical yard based studies.   The different topics of the programme will be taught and assessed by appropriately qualified staff, with a wealth of experience in their field. Practical assessments will be completed at study weeks. Study weeks are held at TOCES in Suffolk. During the study weeks there will be a high level of hands-on practical work.

    Assessment method:
    A range of assessment methods will be used, including:

    • Essay style assignment submissions
    • Online assessments (inc. MCQs)
    • Practical and oral assessment at study week
    • Invigilated written examinations at study week
    • Poster presentations
    • Peer group presentations

    Enrolment:
    There is one cohort per annum and places on this programme are limited.
    Important dates for November 2018 starts:

    Enrolment deadline: 28 September 5pm
    Induction materials provided: 15 October
    Course start date: 1 November
    First study week: TBC

    Applicants should be/have:

    • Aged 16 or above.
    • Minimum of five GCSEs at Grade C and above. These must include English Language, at least one Science subject and Mathematics.
    • Alternative qualifications of a comparable or higher standard may be accepted in lieu of the usual requirements.
    • Equine experience comparable to a minimum of BHS Stage 2.
    • Non-native English speakers or those who have not studied the final two years of school in English, must demonstrate capability in English at a standard commensurate with IELTS 5.5

    Accreditation and approval status:

    The Introductory Diploma in Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation Courses is a specialist programme, classified as ‘Customised Provision’.   Whilst customised programmes are not on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) or regulated by Ofqual, throughout every aspect of the design of this course, rigorous quality standards have been the top priority, including:

    • Course syllabusand content – to ensure the course is ‘fit for purpose’;
    • Academic leveland workload – to ensure the course is academically rigorous;
    • Teaching strategy– to ensure learners will benefit from a team of highly qualified professionals in both the face to face setting, and whilst studying online;
    • Practical tuition– to ensure learners are taught to the highest standards in a practical setting;
    • Skills practice– to ensure learners undertake extensive levels of practical work;
    • Assessment strategy– to ensure both practical skills and academic knowledge and understanding are assessed using a range of assessment techniques.

    The course has been designed with reference to the requirements of the Sector Skills Council’s (Lantra) National Occupational Standards (NOS).

    If, upon completion of the TOCES Introductory Diploma in Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation you intend to progress to higher level study, check the exact entry requirements of the university offering the programme you wish to apply for.

     

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    Module/Unit Details

    • Unit 1 The Legal, Professional and Ethical Framework

      This unit aims to introduce learners to:
      • The ethical and legal principles of the application of equine therapy
      • The need to work as part of a wider multi-professional team with due regard for the restrictions that apply under the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966

    • Unit 2 Equine Anatomy and Physiology

      This unit aims to develop the learner’s knowledge of:
      • The structure and function of mammalian cells and tissues
      • The equine structural anatomy
      • The anatomy and physiology of the horse’s body systems
      • Equine conformation

    • Unit 3 Equine Health Management

      This unit aims to develop the learner’s knowledge of:
      • Health management
      • The role of farriery in horse health
      • The effect of pain on equine behaviour
      • The importance of correct dental care
      • Saddle fitting

    • Unit 5 Introduction to Equine Massage

      This unit aims to introduce learners to:
      • Basic massage techniques
      • Active, passive and dynamic stretching
      • The purported benefits of massage to equine health

    • Unit 6 Introduction to Exercise and Movement Therapy

      This unit aims to introduce learners to:
      • Lungeing and long-reining the ‘normal’ horse
      • Simple exercises to help improve musculoskeletal function in the ‘normal’ horse
      • How lunging and training aids can be incorporated into therapeutic exercise regimes
      • Exercise equipment and facilities within a therapeutic exercise regime

    Enrolment

    Full Payment

    £1,750

    • Online access to all course material and assignments
    • Tutor support
    • 2 x 4½ day study weeks (please note that accommodation, breakfast and evening meals are not included in the course fee)

    Finance Option

    £97.91/month

    • Initial Fee: £575
    • Online access to all course material and assignments
    • Tutor support
    • 2 x 4½ day study weeks (please note that accommodation, breakfast and evening meals are not included in the course fee)
    • 12 monthly payments at 0%

    Pay as You Learn

    £571 Initial Fee

    • 9 further payments of £131
    • Online access to course material and assignments on a Pay as you Learn basis

    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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