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Equine Studies HND

Level: SCQF 8

UCAS Code: 4Q46

Available at these campuses: Oatridge

About the Course

Barony equine arena

The course is designed to provide students with experience and knowledge in management within the horse care and equine industry.

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: 2 years if studied full-time.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a minimum of 2 Scottish Highers (CC)/A-Levels (DE) including a science subject or English. If science is not offered at Higher/A-level, it is a requirement at Standard/N5/GCSE level. For Riding version only: It would be advantageous if candidates held BHS Stage 1 and 2, or the Pony Club B test.

Course Content

Throughout the course you will develop:

  • business, supervisory and organisational skills through theory sessions and practical elements such as yard management
  • the knowledge required to work in a variety of roles in the equine industry through modules such as Planning Equine Facilities, Managing an Event, Practical Stable Management and Introduction to Marketing
  • the practical skills you will need for your future career through modules such as Equine Grassland Management, Brood Mare, The Stallion, Equitation and Instructional Techniques.

An acceptable level of fitness is required to enable students to ride effectively and carry out early morning and weekend yard duties.

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