Level 5 Certificate in Advances in Equine Nutrition

This short course is designed to give an in-depth knowledge of the scientific principles that underpin equine nutrition and will integrate aspects of animal, plant and microbial biochemistry relevant to the equid. Considerable emphasis is placed on nutrient metabolism for growth, development and reproduction. Recent developments in equine nutritional research will be interlinked with new research on the aetiology, prevention and treatment of nutrition related metabolic disorders.

Course Accreditation

Academic Level:

Higher Education Level 5

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Course Duration:

6 to 12 months

Study Week Requirements:

Optional Higher Education Study Week (Additional fees apply. Please see Study Week page)

Upon enrolment you are provided with access onto TOCES’ online E-Learning Centre where you will find your study guide, study planner, Course Advisor and tutor information, course material, assignments and other helpful study resources.

The HE specialist short courses consist of:

  • Detailed illustrated text in pdf format which you can print or download and save.
  • Online learning resources including in-text questions and activities.
  • Pre-recorded webinars, online lectures and videos.
  • You will study and complete *one formative assignment and *one summative assignment for each short course. Referring to the course material, you will complete the assignments at your own pace, within the maximum study period, and submit online for marking and assessment. Your work is assessed by a qualified tutor, graded and returned to you with detailed feedback.
  • Upon completion of the course you will receive a graded TOCES certificate.

Some short courses offer optional or compulsory study week attendance at TOCES’ yard in Suffolk. This consolidates the theoretical studies with a mixture of taught classroom based lessons and practical sessions.

*HE SC 1 / 2 Equine Anatomy and Physiology has two formative and two summative assignments.

For all HE Specialist Short Courses students must be:

  • at least 16 years old
  • prepared to undertake independent study and hold a
  • level 3 or equivalent qualification in a similar subject area and/or
  • three GCSEs at Grade C (4) and above.

If you do not hold a level 3 qualification you may wish to consider an Intermediate Specialist Short Course.  Satisfactory completion of this will ensure you are suitably prepared for the HE Short Course.

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Module/Unit Details

  • Module 1

    Evaluate the chemical profile of plants and how this impinges on their intake, digestion and metabolism in the horse
    – Chemical profile: protein content, amino acid profile, protein:energy ratio, supplements, physiological ageing, soluble carbohydrates, free sugars, storage sugars, fructans, grasses vs legumes, starch. Structural carbohydrates, cellulose, hemicellulose, pectins, lignin, cell wall formation.
    Intake and digestion: chewing rates, particle size, rate of passage. Hindgut microbiology, gut health.

    Discuss the nutrient requirements of breeding equids and the effect nutrition has on the growth and development of young growing horses
    – Breeding equids: principles of growth and development, genetic potential, hormones, placental efficiency, uterine capacity. Feeding the stallion, mare in gestation, lactating mare, foal, developmental orthopaedic diseases.

    Appraise the latest developments in equine nutritional research and how these have impinged on feeding practices within the industry
    – Research techniques: measuring rate of passage, slaughter and in vitro techniques, microbiology techniques, behavioural studies.

    Appreciate the latest developments in the treatment, aetiology and prevention of nutrition related metabolic disorders in the horse
    – Recent advances in the treatment and prevention of colic, laminitis, grass sickness, recurrent airway obstruction, exertional rhabdomyolysis. Increased knowledge and understanding of the aetiology of these diseases.


Full Payment


  • Online access to all course material and assignments
  • Tutor support
  • Enrolments are accepted at any time throughout the year
  • Additional fees apply for Optional Higher Education Study Week

Pay as You Learn

£41.68 Initial Fee

  • 4 Payments of £20.83
  • Online access to all course material and assignments
  • Tutor support
  • Enrolments are accepted at any time throughout the year
  • Additional fees apply for Optional Higher Education Study Week


  • Enrolment and Fees

    Enrolments are accepted for all courses anytime throughout the year

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

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