As part of this degree programme you will learn a combination of equine business and science, giving you an in-depth understanding of the business side to the equine industry. Mixing science and business is a key part of this course, allowing students to understand the technical aspects of the equine industry and how it relates to business. A final year ‘top up’ is also available for applicants who have a HND or Foundation Degree in an appropriate subject.
- Fundamentals of business
- Equine industry and event management
- Equine exercise physiology
- Equine marketing management
- Equitation (elective)
- Entrepreneurship and equine resource technology
- Strategic management
- Internet and e-commerce
- Strategic management.
Three years full-time for the BSc or one year full-time for the final year ‘top up’ programme.
Students will attend College for 13 hours per week usually over three to four days in Year One and Year Two, then ten hours per week usually over two days in Year Three.
Many graduates continue their education and may progress to other areas of study or undertake postgraduate research at either Masters or Doctorate level.
Students are assessed through coursework (including reports, presentations and lab reports), practical assessments and formal examinations.
Successful graduates have gone on to secure promising careers within the equine industry in roles including sales and marketing. Some have also explored roles as equine business administrators, bloodstock agents, lecturers, researchers, equine insurance brokers and equine facilties managers.
Application is through UCAS, using the code N2D4.
Students will require sturdy footwear, a riding hat (PAS015 standard or equivalent), gloves, boots, dark jodhpurs/ trousers, coat and a basic grooming kit for equine based practical sessions.
Students also require a body protector for all jumping sessions (BETA Level 3 2009- Air Jackets are not permitted in day-to-day sessions) for those taking optional equitation modules.
Students are required to provide their own laboratory coats, available via the college online shop, as well as to purchase core texts to support studies and make small contributions (usually up to £25) to attend study visits on some modules.
Please use the following links to learn more about our policies and procedures.
- Academic Regulations: This programme follow the regulations of The Royal Agricultural University.
- Student Disciplinary Policy
Please visit our Document Downloads page to access the College's other policies, i.e. our Mental Health Policy.
Applicants should have a minimum of 80 UCAS points at A-Level, relevant Level 3 Extended Diploma or equivalent or an Access to Higher Education Diploma, plus a satisfactory reference.
Life experience of mature students will be taken into account when considering applications. The successful completion of an entry task may be required when considering applications without the required formal entry qualifications.
For advanced entry to final level, a relevant Level 5 qualification such as a Foundation Degree is required.
BSc (Hons) Business Management for the Equine Industry
After completing the Level Three Diploma in Horse Management at Bishop Burton College, Dean progressed to study at degree level with a focus on business, which led to his role as Horse Producer at WS Equestrian.
Q: Tell us about your role?
A: I produce show horses and ponies, school/break in horses, as well as teaching. I manage the yard myself, which involves everything from ordering feed to mucking out and working the horses, additionally I host equine clinics at Cottingham.
Q: How has the course you completed at Bishop Burton College helped you in your career so far? Are there any skills that you learnt at College that you use regularly in your current position?
A: The course helped me with my people skills, allowing me to interact with customers and clients in the best possible ways. The business modules gave me an insight into what was involved in running a business - books, plans etc., which has been invaluable. I was also lucky enough to ride on the Equine Academy so that helped on developing both my riding ability and the horses’ ‘way of going’.