The Course

This programme provides an in-depth specialist business understanding of the equine industry with a thorough study of business management and operations procedures.

An underpinning study of the principles and practice of horse management provides complete industry relevance, providing essential in depth understanding of equine anatomy, behaviour and exercise physiology with optional modules in nutrition and equitation.  

Graduates will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of organisations, the business environment and operations and management practices, gaining valuable application opportunities within our excellent equine commercial enterprises.

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Financial Information

Find the full details on the fees associated with this programme and the financial support available here.

  • What You Study

    Year 1:

    Students are provided with an introduction to business with the Fundamentals of Business and Introduction to Sales and Marketing modules, as well as gaining experience with our commercial enterprises in Equine Industry and Event Management.

    Students gain valuable scientific underpinning with Equine Anatomy and Physiology and Equine Health and Husbandry, with options to take either Equitation (riding assessment required) or Equine Nutrition.

    Students are prepared for study with a module in Academic and Research Skills.

    Year 2:

    Subjects develop on the first year incorporating valuable topics such as Equine Exercise Physiology and the option of Equine Behaviour and Welfare or Advanced Equitation (Equitation is a prerequisite).

    Valuable transferable skills are gained in Entrepreneurship and Equine Resource Technology and Research Methods and Analysis. Students begin to explore specialist business modules with Equine Law, Human Resource Management and Financial Management and Planning. 

    Year 3:

    Students undertake an independent research module to produce a dissertation in their final year of study on a topic of their choice. Students undertake a range of modules including Equine Operations Management, Equine Marketing Management, Strategic Management and Strategic Human Resource and Leadership Management. 

  • Entry Requirements

    • Applicants will have a minimum of 104 UCAS points, which may be from qualifications such as A Levels, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas, Access to HE Diplomas and City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diplomas, amongst others. Please use the UCAS Tariff points calculator to determine the UCAS points value of your qualification.
    • Applicants need GCSE English Language at grade C / 4 or above, or an equivalent qualification. 
    • Applicants need an appropriate academic reference.
    • Life and / or experience of non-traditional 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.
    • If first language is not English, or a Tier 4 student visa to study is required and GCSE grade C / 4 English or equivalent is not held, English language proficiency level such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each skill) will need evidencing.
    • Students with an appropriate HNC can apply for direct entry to Year 2. 
    • Students with an appropriate Level 5 qualification and animal training experience can apply for direct entry to year 3.
  • Contact Time

    Approximately 13 hours a week to include lectures, seminars, practicals and tutorials in the first two years of the programme.

    Students are also expected to carry out a significant amount of private study in addition to contact time (25-30 hours a week).

    Independent study includes reading around the subject, preparing for tutorials and seminars, preparing for, and completing, module assessments and revision for examinations; forming an essential part of a student’s learning journey.

    Students can expect to receive their timetables during induction week. Wednesday afternoons are reserved for sport and other extra-curricular activities.

  • Learning and Teaching Approach

    This programme is delivered with a variety of learning and teaching approaches to include all students’ learning styles and preferences.

    For all modules, theory lectures are delivered that aim to deliver the core content and provide the underpinning knowledge. To complement the theory lectures, students have group seminars / practical sessions that are used to reinforce concepts delivered theoretically, utilising the excellent equine centre to gain event management experience.

    The teaching methods focus on facilitating a student centred approach to enhance the independent learning that takes place outside of the classroom. Business modules benefit from visits to a number of businesses and facilities to allow applied case studies to be integrated.

    Teaching will take place on the Bishop Burton campus in East Yorkshire, UK.

  • How You're Assessed

    Assessment includes written assignments, practical demonstrations, portfolios, scientific reports, group or individual presentations and examinations. Opportunities for feedback on assessments are available prior to the final submission to support student development and achievement. Staff aim to return assessed work within a 15 working day timeframe (not including holidays) in order that students can most benefit from the feedback.   

  • Progression

    Many graduates continue their education and may progress to other areas of study or undertake postgraduate research at either Masters or Doctoral level.

  • Careers

    Students graduating from this course could follow careers in the equine industry as sales executives, racing administrators, operations managers, marketing officers and event coordinators.

    Positions also available to graduates include business administrators, bloodstock agents, lecturers, researchers and opportunities in equine insurance.

  • Equipment Required / Additional Costs

    Students will need to buy a white college laboratory coat for laboratory practicals available via our online shop. Practical yard equipment required includes; riding hat (PAS015), gloves, boots, dark trousers/ jodhpurs, dark waterproof coat and body protector (BETA level 3 2009 – purple label standard) for ridden modules.

    Students will need to purchase stationery, text books and any additional qualifications such as BHS stages.

    Trips and short courses may also be offered at extra cost.

    On successful completion of the programme, students have the opportunity to graduate at a ceremony wearing formal dress. The hire of the formal dress is an additional cost.   

  • How To Apply

    For the three-year BSc programme, application is through UCAS, using code N2D4.

    If you wish to enter into the final year of the course following successful completion of a relevant FdSc or HND qualification, please apply either via UCAS (selecting year of entry three) or our online application form.

    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 programme remains open.

  • Download Programme Guide

    Download our guide to find out more about the BSc (Hons) Business Management for the Equine Industry programme.

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