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Equine Studies HNC

Level: SCQF 7

UCAS Code: 1J68

Available at these campuses: Oatridge

About the Course

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The course is designed to give students further practical experience and knowledge of horse care and equitation following the NC Horse Care or Advanced Certificate Horse Care.

A Riding or Non-Riding version of the course is available with both running at Oatridge, and the non-riding only version offered at Aberdeen (from 2021) - entry requirements are the same but without the need to prove competent riding ability.

Course Duration: one year if studied full time or two years if studied part time.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a minimum of 2 Scottish Highers (CC)/A-Levels (DE) including a science subject or English. For Riding version only: Recorded evidence of your riding ability, to include a minimum of walk, trot, canter and jumping, should be submitted along with your application. It would advantageous if candidates held BHS Stage 1 and 2 or the Pony Club B test. Alternative entry qualifications may also be accepted.

Course Content

Throughout the course you will develop:

  • the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills required to equip you for a variety of roles in the equine industry
  • knowledge of nutrition, fitness, anatomy and physiology, equine selection and preparation of horses for competitions
  • practical business skills through modules such as Equine Facility Management and Yard Management
  • transferable skills such as IT skills and teamwork.

Students will also undertake early morning and weekend yard duties as part of the course.