BTSA (BTEC HND) PA - equine specialisation

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BTSA (BTEC HND) Livestock farming (PA)
- equine specialisation


The BTSA PA qualification is based on solid scientific foundations in combination with a practical knowledge of livestock and domestic animals (horses), and will allow the successful student to prepare the continuation of their higher education studies (engineering schools, preparation for university entrance exams) or entry into the work place


This kind of professional integration now passes through the mastering of essential skills and techniques:

The acquisition of scientific method

An international perspective

The development of a professional network through apprenticeships, real situations and international exchange.





The BTSA PA is a methodological and scientific educational program which deals with the issues raised by livestock farming, notably regarding: genetics, feed, breeding and animal health.


To satisfy these objectives, the following 3 major work axes will be focused on:


  • The acquisition of solid scientific foundations (genetics, biology, chemistry) with a concentration on these subjects for students planning on preparing for specific entrance exams.


  • Interventions in livestock farms (horse, cattle, goat, pork...) throughout the two years of the program.


  • Students will have 3 months of overseas work experience, during which they will improve their language skills, develop their ability to adapt and observe new situations. They will also discover further professional methods and techniques.






Oral expression, communication, organisation and documentation techniques                                                                                174 h

Economic, social and legal sciences                                 87 h

English (+ preparation for the TOEIC: 20 hours)                                     116 h

Mathematics and data handling                                      72 h

IT                                                                                     43 h

Choice of Sports activities:

Golf or horse riding (mandatory) 87 h Horse riding (optional) 87 h





Livestock production and society 137 h

Livestock farm operation 72 h

Biology                                                                         58 h

Chemistry                                                                       43 h

Statistics                                                                           29 h

General and comparative technology for livestock production 188 h

  • Zootechnics - grazing animals (cattle, goat)
  • Zootechnics - pig farming


Animal handling and husbandry  

(horse, grazing, pigs) 130 h

Livestock management 152 h





Mandatory module:

International cooperation (foreign work experience)                  43 h 


Choice of one of the following modules:                      43 h

Equestrian event management

Setting up an equestrian centre

Organic farming

Farm produce processing

Food safety and hygiene



Main apprenticeship of 8 weeks in an agricultural establishment (choice of: horse farm or other).

3 week apprenticeship in a livestock farm (cattle, sheep or goat)

4 weeks of individual « open » work experience in a company related to the student's career project

1 week group placement

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Minimum of 12 weeks of classes in an overseas partner college.


During the 2nd year of the BTS, all students take the TOEIC (English language test which measures written and oral comprehension abilities for professional environments)

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Final year exams and coursework:


  • • 50 % coursework
  • • 50 % over 3 final year exams (each with a coefficient of 6):  
  • 1 Exam « French language and socio-economic culture »
  • 1 Science and technology exam
  • 1 Apprenticeship report presentation

Essentially based on the main apprenticeship and all of the specific classes of the program with the main objective being the choice and justification of a zootechnics issue.



• Must have a baccalaureate or other level IV (NVQ level 3) diploma




Vocational degrees, engineering schools, preparation for entrance exams, university.



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