Equine Studies HND

UCAS code 224D

What is special about this course?

If you love horses and would like to make a career out of working with them, the HND Equine Studies at North Highland College UHI is the course for you.

You will learn the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to be able to work with horses to a high standard. You will also be prepared for your BHS exams.

Special features

  • You will gain business and management skills
  • You will have the opportunity to work at stables throughout Scotland
  • You may have the opportunity to take part in local competitions and a student exchange scheme

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

Entry to year 1, HNC Equine Studies, is:

  • BHS Stage II or equivalent, such as Pony Club B Test or NC Equestrian Skills and Business Studies
  • If you do not have these qualifications, your application will still be considered on individual merit and past experience

 Direct entry to year 2 may be possible from the HNC Equine Studies.

Access routes

  • HNC Equine studies

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Preparation of horses for competitions
  • Graded unit 1
  • Equine anatomy and physiology
  • Equine facility management
  • Equine fitness
  • Equine health
  • Equine nutrition
  • Equine selection

Option units may include:

  • The Brood Mare
  • The Stallion
  • Creating a culture of customer care
  • Driving the single turnout
  • Equine youngstock
  • Equitation
  • Equitation for the leisure industry

Year 2 - HND

Mandatory units are:

  • Graded unit 2
  • Equine grassland management
  • Workplace experience
  • Managing an event
  • Marketing: an introduction
  • Creating a culture of customer care

Option units may include:

  • Getting started in business
  • Progressive training programmes for the young horse
  • Riding techniques over fences

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • You will learn by a combination of of face-to-face lectures and tutorials in the classroom, as well as practical tutorial sessions at stables (Caithness; Sutherland; Isle of Skye and Western Isles; Wester Ross; Orkney; Inverness; Fife; Angus; Aberdeenshire; Moray; and East Lothian)

How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 2 years (HNC + HND)
  • Part-time (structured): 4 years (HNC + HND)

Where can I study my course?

Start date

  • September

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2017-182018-19
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2017-182018-19
Full-time per year £6,510 £6,720
Part-time (per HN credit) £434 £448

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2017-182018-19
Full-time per year £6,510 £6,720
Part-time (per HN credit)** £434 £448

*There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact North Highland College UHI for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of your Equine Studies course you could gain employment in teaching, studwork, equine retail, or management of equine facilities, both at home and abroad.

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress to the BA (Hons) Equine Business Management at North Highland College UHI.

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

It all began when I was 17 and completed an HND in Equine Studies at North Highland College UHI. From there I progressed onto, and completed, the BA (Hons) in Equine Business Management. I found covering a wide range of modules has given me the ability to search for and analyse relevant information - whether that be the psychological journey of a horse rider during training and competition, the health of a business or the various areas of equine and employment law.

I am self-employed, owning and managing Castle View Stables, a local riding school with around 60 children and adults, ranging from beginners to competition riders. I loved having free rein to study as and when I could, which eased the pressure of juggling college work and running my business.

Ashleigh Campbell studied on the BA (Hons) Equine Business Management at North Highland College UHI.

Apply for Equine Studies HND

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2019

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