Many business opportunities exist within the equine industry and this programme is designed for people who are looking to enhance their business skills within the equestrian arena. The course will enable students to develop practical equitation skills as well as providing sound business principles and knowledge related to the equine industry.
- Fundamentals of business
- Applied vocational equine management
- Equine industry
- Equine anatomy and physiology
- Equine law
- Human resources and management
- Equine behaviour and welfare (elective)
- Equitation (elective).
Application is through UCAS, using code N2D5.
Applications for the year you wish to study open in September the year before. Whilst UCAS advertise a January deadline, we continue to accept applications through to the September you wish to start with us, provided we have spaces available and the course remains open.
Two years full-time.
Students are in College 15.5 hours per week, usually timetabled over three or four days.
Successful completion of a Foundation Degree allows students to progress on to Level Six (‘top up) of the relevant Honours Degree programme.
Students are assessed through coursework (including reports, presentations, lab reports and portfolios), practical / ridden assessments and formal examinations.
Students undertake four hours practical experience on the college yard per week, plus 80 hours external placement per year.
There are many opportunities for students to work in the equine industry as equestrian centre managers, yard supervisors, equine administrators and lecturers. Positions available after further training include in sales, marketing, bloodstock agents and insurance advisor.
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 on 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 and a college sweatshirt / polo shirt for yard experience, 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
- Higher Education College Charter
Please visit our Document Downloads page to access the college's other policies, i.e. our Mental Health Policy.
Applicants should have 48 UCAS points at A-Level or a Level 3 Extended Diploma or equivalent.
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.
Equitation modules require riding to BHS Stage 2 or equivalent standard, or above.
If your first language is not English, or you require a Tier 4 student visa to study and do not hold GCSE grade C English or equivalent, you will be required to provide evidence of your English language proficiency level such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each skill).
BSc (Hons) Equine Science
Gemma’s career has taken off since she graduated from Bishop Burton College with a First Class BSc (Hons) Degree in Equine Science. She initially landed a job with an equine insurance company, where she progressed to the role of Team Leader before landing her dream job as Head of Welfare and Passports for the British Horse Society. Whilst I am career-focussed I still compete at every opportunity. I have a stud of Highland Ponies and have shown and won at every major show around the UK.
Q: What do you like about Bishop Burton College?
A: As well as the friendly atmosphere, the facilities are second to none. My dissertation was heavily laboratory-based and the science facilities ensured that I had all the necessary equipment I required. The equine industry is renowned for being highly competitive but my degree ensured I developed the required skills needed to embark on what has become a successful career. There was also the added benefit of making some lifelong friends and having the time of my life for three years!
Q: What is the best thing about your course?
A: A previous student had recommended the degree to me and I am happy to say I was not disappointed. My lecturers were all fantastic and very supportive throughout my three years at the College. As I mentioned the facilities the College has are also excellent.
Q: What are your hopes for the future?
A: I am lucky enough to have my dream job within the equine industry already, so anything else is just a bonus.