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
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.
BSc (Hons) Business Management for the Equine Industry
Having completed her degree in Business Management for the Equine Industry at Bishop Burton College, Celeste now works at Equikro within online sales and marketing.
"The course at Bishop Burton gave me an in depth knowledge of what is required for a successful business so that I can confidently apply this to my job role."
What did you like about Bishop Burton College?
I was made to feel very welcome. The College has everything you need on campus, including the Learning Resource Centre, Higher Education Centre and nice accommodation.
What is the best thing about your course?
Bishop Burton has smaller lecture groups than most universities, making it easy to ask questions when you don't understand and allowing for more one-to-one assignment support with lecturers. The tutors also give really constructive feedback on assignments, which is useful for improvement.
Not everything on the course was equine related, which was great for relating knoweldge to all different businesses. It gave me all the skills I would need to set up my own business, such as how to write a business / marketing plan and how to create a business website.
What are your hopes for the future?
I now work at an equine company called Equikro, doing online sales and marketeing. The course at Bishop Buron helped me to develop so many skills that I have to use in my new job, including doing business presentations and other activities that pushed me out of my comfort zone and improved my confidence. The improvement in my communication skills allows me to deal with customers confidently in person and over the phone.
I plan to continue working at Equikro and hope to work my way up in the company. I intend to eventually apply all of my experience to starting up my own business.