Course at a glance


The equine industry is becoming increasingly popular with many people now taking up the sport of horse riding. This diploma gives students the general knowledge required to properly care for a horse and understand different behaviours and issues that you may come across in a horse’s lifetime. This knowledge will better equip students to make decisions regarding health and welfare and be appreciative of the science behind equines.

Accredited Level 3 Equine Science Diploma Entry Requirement

Entry to this Accredited Level 3 Equine Science Diploma requires that potential students have gained GCSE/IGCSE or equivalent qualifications and have, good English oral, reading and writing skills.

Advice on enrolment and guidance of prior learning (APL) can be obtained through out contact centre. The course is a rolling programme and can be started at any point in the year. Successful students can go on to Higher Education, including remaining as students at OLC to complete courses in our portfolio of higher awards.

All students must be aged 16 or over.


The coursework is assessed through continuous assessment with no formal exit examinations.

Study Hours

Approximately: 200 hours of personal study time for the entire course is recommended. All of which is supported by the OLC Course Tutor, who we greatly encourage students to access support from throughout their course.

Quality Assurance

This course has been developed by the College’s professional team of tutors to meet the needs of sector based employers and employees. It is also part of the College’s validated level three Diplomas’, recognised internationally, as verified and moderated Centre for Interactive Education (CIE Global). Further details of our accreditations are provided on our website.

Accredited Level 3 Equine Science Diploma Course Length

1 Year.

Awarding Body


Accredited Level 3 Equine Science Diploma Course Content

Accredited Level 3 Equine Science Diploma Module 1 – General Principles in Science

Module 1 provides basic knowledge on how the three sciences play an important role in the understanding of equine studies. To begin, the classification of equine animals as mammals is explored, followed by the biology of the mammal species as a whole. Chemistry is used to describe a more in depth view of the physiology and chemical reactions occurring inside these mammals. Furthermore – this module touches on the different natural cycles that impact the interactions between living organisms and the environment surrounding them. This module furthers an understanding in the function and structure of different mammal cells, how they reproduce and the life cycles they experience and influence.

Accredited Level 3 Equine Science Diploma Module 2 – Equine Anatomy and Physiology

Module two digresses from the mammal family and begins to focus specifically on the equine species as a whole. It details the structure and their process of movement. Primary systems such as the hormonal endocrine system and auto-immune systems are examined. Bone and muscle structure is also described in detail. The equine nervous system and it’s senses are explored in depth. Furthermore the respiratory, cadiovasculatory and urinary system are also meticulously described as part of the module. Specific key words and professional specific terms associated with the anatomy and physiology of horses are more widely used and encouraged to learn throughout this module.

Accredited Level 3 Equine Science Diploma Module 3 – Genetics

Over the years the genetics of horses has formed an integral part of the gene culturing and engineering industry. Selective breeding has been utilised to develop the more desireable qualities of a horse, such as strength, endurance, size and speed and remove the less desired qualities. This module covers in detail the process of selective breeding as well as some of the leading scientific theories and facts associated with genetics and their culturing. Knowledge of the process of cells and cell division is furthered and we begin to discuss how and why certain mutations can occur and why some can be considered beneficial such as longer legs or wider hips while many can be detrimental to horse genetics in general in the form of genetic disorders. This goes hand in hand with the topic of how natural and artificial selection has been influenced greatly by the field of study. To conclude, students will learn about the process of genetic drift as well as gene flow and the comparisons between inbreeding and outbreeding.

Accredited Level 3 Equine Science Diploma Module 4 – Reproduction

Equine Breeding is one of the most important elements of the industry as a whole. The complete understanding of the reproductive organs and systems of both the mare and stallions is critical. Module 4 details the anatomy of horses as well as their mating procedure. Also touched upon is the process of artificial inseminations and embryonic transfer techniques to assist in the breeding of horses. The life cycle of the horse is described with a focus on it’s young, otherwise known as a “Foal”.

Accredited Level 3 Equine Science Diploma Module 5 – Equine Nutrition

This Module details the importance of a balanced nutritional intake to ensure the health and well-being of a horse. Awareness of nutritional values as well as the role it plays in a person’s ability to manage their horse’s health is furthered by this module. The module further examines which nutrients positively affect horse energy levels and respiratory system. Different Vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin B1 and Calcium are examined to give a greater understanding of how these elements influence a horses’ nutritional balance. To conclude this unit will cover the many different types of equine feed and how to successfully monitor a horse’s diet to minimise or eliminate potentially detrimental or even fatal health issues.

Accredited Level 3 Equine Science Diploma Module 6 – Equine Diseases

This module details the various ailments and diseases which can be detrimental or even fatal to many equines. Also described is how to successfully diagnose and treat infected or diseased horses. Furthermore many key viral diseases are studied in detail; Diseases such as Equine Viral Arteritis are explored in depth – many common bacterial and fungal diseases are examined along side their specific treatments. Finally – Many other diseases such as Degenerative nature syndrome is outlined to give a detailed overview of the variety, severity and depth of the diseases horses can contract.

Accredited Level 3 Equine Science Diploma Module 7 – Veterinary Science

Following on from the previous module, this module explores the care horses received in the form of veterinary science and medicine. Key legislations associated with veterinary science are covered alongside the different signs and signals that a horse may be ill or need medical attention. This module covers the basics in administering first aid practices to horses as well as how horses are accessed and diagnosed within a veterinary clinic. Some of the most common treatment practices such as antihistamines and anti-infectives are studied and particular emphasis is placed on potential problems that can occur for example colic or issues during surgery.

Accredited Level 3 Equine Science Diploma Module 8 – Equine Behavioural Science

Within this module the various mental and physical reactions that a horse may show when in various forms of distress is covered. You are given a detailed understanding of why a horse acts or reacts to different environments and situations, which can be both interesting and invaluable to ensuring positive health and well-being of equines. This module further details the domestication of horses as well as their herd mentality and how gender discrepancies may influence the behaviour of horses within a herd. There will be a chance to look at horse genetics and their roles examined, alongside the impact these inherited genetics have on the attitude and behaviour of specific breeds of horse towards others of their herd and their handlers.

Accredited Level 3 Equine Science Diploma Module 9 – Exercise Physiology

Module 9 details the role of exercise on the horse’s body structure. Important organs such as the heart are studied in order to comprehend some of the various adaptations horses must make when exercising. Such adaptations occur when a horse is in training are outlines alongside the potential consequences this exercise may have on muscles and bone structure. Successfully being able to maximise the performance potential of a horse is also reviewed along with the various appropriate procedures handlers and trainers may use during horse training. The advantages and disadvantages that come with different exercise techniques are explored alongside detrimental and potentially fatal problems that could arise from using the wrong techniques. This module provides a solid foundation on how to correctly manage the delicate balance between exercise and health of the horse.

Accredited Level 3 Equine Science Diploma Module 10 – Science and the Equine Industry

This module is dedicated to detailing the growth of the equine industry throughout the years. It is estimated that 2.4 million people actively ride. Research into and around this industry is elaborated upon while the main organisations associated with equine research such as The Laminitis Trust are focused on in depth. Also involved are studies into selective breeding and reproduction focused on performance sports, endurance work, horse cloning, and the development of various drugs and vaccines. Industrial developments such as farriery (Horse hoof management) and rider safety are also considered in this module. Furthermore the importance of research and development of science as a whole is crucial to the survival of the equine industry. Keeping ahead of these developments is extremely important for any student studying equine sciences.


This Accredited Level 3 Equine Science Diploma can be used to gain entry to a Level 4 Diploma or higher.