SRUC would like to introduce an exciting new Equine Studies course available to senior phase pupils in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

This is an introductory course and is suitable for those working or expected to be working at SCQF Level 5 with an interest in equine studies, working with animals or those with a keen interest in horses. The course will run from 4 September to 28 March, 2023.

The course comprises of three units:

  • Rural Business Investigation: An opportunity for candidates to focus on a specific enterprise of a local land-based business as well as giving consideration to the sustainability of the business and alternative enterprises available to it.
  • Equine Housing and Handling: Students will develop some of the basic knowledge and skills in relation to handling and housing equine animals through undertaking stable routines and carrying outhandling of horses and/or ponies in a realistic work setting environment.
  • Feeding Horses and Ponies: How to feed horses and/or ponies in a realistic work setting and gain an understanding of their dietary requirements.

The course is delivered predominantly online with the addition of 4 compulsory practical days held at our Craibstone Campus on the edge of Bucksburn, where students will get hands on with practical activities at our purpose built equine facility. The online element can be accessed at any time allowing the school and the pupil the flexibility to fit their studies around existing courses. The course is also run by a dedicated tutor who will be available to support you with the course.

This qualification can lead on to further study as part of an apprenticeship programme or further and higher education qualifications in areas such as equine studies, animal care, vet nursing or even an additional qualification to include on an application to veterinary medicine (subject to meeting any other course specific entry requirements).

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