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.
Please note that due to changes for all higher education providers, the college has made an application to be registered with the Office for Students and expects an answer soon. Find out more.
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.
FdSc Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation
Asheligh started at Bishop Burton College on the NVQ Level One Horse Care. She has since progressed right through to degree level at the College and now manages a a showing yard.
Q. Tell us about your current role?
A: I currently manage a small showing yard, where I started as a Saturday girl during my studies. This has opened up many opportunities for me and helped me to gain a real feel for the industry in which I have studied for so long.
Q: What did you like about Bishop Burton College?
A: I loved the course content and the environment in which we were given to work in. It enabled both hands on practical learning as well as theory based learning. As I progressed through the levels of learning, I found that the teaching becomes more focused towards what you want to learn and get out of the course. The College has a great selection of knowledgeable lecturers, not just from the equine industry, which helped to give an alternative perspective.
I am a single mother, having to juggle childcare with study at the College, and staff were always helpful and encouraged me when things got tough. They made it possible and easier for me in my situation, always eager to help wherever possible.
I would recommend the College to anyone who has the passion to extend their knowledge and want to learn and flourish.
Q: What are your hopes for the future?
A: I hope to come self-employed with my own equine massage business, so I'm currently working towards completing the EMA massage practitioners course. I am also considering studying for a PGCE or equivalent to become a lecturer.