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.
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) 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’.