Equine Studies HNC

UCAS code 624D
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What is special about this course?

If you love horses and would like to make a career out of working with horses, the HNC 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 have the chance to take part in local competitions
  • You will develop key business and management skills


We can provide information on local accommodation options on request to help you find a place to stay.

Entry requirements

  • 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

Access routes

NC Equestrian Skills and Business Studies

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Equine Studies: preparation of horses for competitions
  • Equine Studies: graded unit 1
  • Equine Studies: equine anatomy and physiology
  • Equine Studies: equine facility management
  • Equine Studies: equine fitness
  • Equine Studies: equine health
  • Equine Studies: equine nutrition
  • Equine Studies: equine selection

Option units may include:

  • Equine Studies: the Brood Mare
  • Equine Studies: the Stallion
  • Creating a culture of customer care
  • Equine Studies: driving the single turnout
  • Equine Studies: equine youngstock
  • Equine Studies: equitation
  • Equine Studies: equitation for the eeisure industry

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • You will learn through a combination 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)
  • Rotational weekend work from November to March is a requirement of the course: normally 1 week in 4.

How long will my course last?

Full-time: 1 year

Part-time (structured): 2 years

Where can I study my course?

Start date



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.


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 course you might like to consider roles in equine retail, equine facilities, studwork or as a competition groom in equine and leisure, either at home or abroad.

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress to the HND Equine Studies at North Highland College UHI

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Equine Studies HNC

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2018

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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