Equine Business Management BA (Hons)

UCAS code D4N2

What is special about this course?

The BA (Hons) Equine Business Management programme will introduce you to all aspects of today’s modern equine and sporting business.

It will help equip you with the skills you need for a career in equine business management including marketing, research, and sports science, as well as specific equine modules such as: equitation; current issues and legislation in the equine industry; equine behaviour; equine anatomy, physiology and health; and equine fitness, nutrition and welfare. Additionally, this programme is endorsed by the British Horse Society as training towards BHS exams.

You will undertake project work where you will investigate real-life situations, which will enable you to put what you have learned into practice. You may also have the opportunity to take part in equestrian events and activities organised throughout the year.

Guest speakers and the use of equine evidence-based research will ensure you have access to relevant and current industry information.

This programme offers unique flexibility: you can choose a riding or non-riding route (or a mixture of both) and enjoy access to our equine campus, horses and staff, or you may choose a remote study option, coming to us for blocks of time or using your own training centre at your own expense.

Special features

  • Small classes give you a more personal experience of university
  • You will undertake equine-related classes and research projects using practical situations
  • Access to our purpose-built equestrian centre, where you will be taught by staff highly experienced in the industry
  • Riding and non-riding routes are available from year 1
  • Opportunities to take part in equestrian events and activities may be offered throughout the year
  • Opportunity to study remotely from your own location (this option is not open to international students)


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

Entry requirements

Entry to year one (CertHE):

  • 3 Scottish Highers at Grade C or above or equivalent OR
  • NC in Equestrian Skills or Business Studies including level 6 study
  • Applicants with other qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis

Advanced entry to year two of the degree:

  • Direct entry to year 2 may be possible with an HNC in an equine-related subject, or business subject with equine experience

Advanced entry to year three of the degree:

  • Direct entry to year 3 may be possible with an HND in an equine-related subject, or business subject with equine experience


Access routes

  • It may be possible, with some additional bridging, to access with HNC Business or HND Business subjects

Year 1 - CertHE

Core modules are:

  • Introduction to business
  • Introduction to equine fitness, nutrition and welfare
  • Horses for courses: introduction to the equine industries

You will also choose three option modules which may include:

  • Activity performance and skill acquisition
  • Introduction to equine anatomy physiology and health
  • Introduction to equitation
  • Introduction to sports coaching and leadership
  • Introduction to the customer centred business

Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules are:

  • Managing an equine business
  • Equine behaviour

You will also choose four option modules which may include:

  • Equitation: practical application
  • Principles of sport and exercise psychology
  • Applied coaching and leadership
  • Movement analysis
  • Retailing
  • Work placement
  • Event planning and organisation

Year 3 - BA

Core modules are:

  • Research skills
  • Current issues and legislation in the equine industry

You will also choose four option modules which may include:

  • Work placement
  • Developing entrepreneurial effectiveness
  • Design, manage and evaluate human fitness and physical performance
  • Sport and exercise science: a critical analysis
  • Marketing communications
  • Niche tourism (equine)
  • Employment law in the human resource context
  • Small business planning

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

Core module is: 

  • Equine behaviour and welfare management

You will also choose three option modules which may include:

  • Major event analysis
  • Work placement
  • Business strategy
  • Strategic marketing
  • Innovation and enterprise 
  • Advanced methods for coaching and instruction
  • Ethics and law in sport
  • Niche tourism (equine) - if not selected in year three

You will also complete a dissertation.

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as restrictions shift and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. From September, where practical and safe to do so, on-campus practical delivery will be prioritised in line with the Scottish Government guidance, including social distancing. Students in year one and two will be offered blocks of practical study throughout the year, third and fourth year students will also be offered time at the Rural Studies Centre to complete any practical aspects of the course. The theory elements will be delivered online through a combination of tutor-supported study, video-based seminars and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You can access your online and video-based classes from home however it is our intention to provide on-campus space for individual students where required as far as possible. Further information will be provided by your home campus. You will have an opportunity to attend an online, face to face or blended induction at the start of the course. International students requiring a Student Route visa to study with us must access scheduled classes on-campus.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
  • You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and video conference lectures and tutorials, recorded lectures, practical sessions at stables, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutor

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 4 years
  • Part-time: 8 years

Where can I study my course?

  • North Highland College UHI
  • North Highland College UHI
  • Opportunity to study remotely from your own location (this option is open to international students in years 3 and 4)

Start date

  • September
  • January (part-time only)


For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

Rest of UK students

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

Year 1 CertHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free free

4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500.

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

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

EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government has confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals starting their study in Scotland from academic year 2021-22, who do not have settled or pre-settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. For 2021-22, students will get an automatic scholarship of £3,000 per annum and the 4th year of study will be free for those studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

Year Level 2021-22 Full-time With scholarship
Year 1 HNC £12,360 £9,360 
Year 2 HND £12,360 £9,360 
Year 3 Degree £12,360 £9,360
Year 4 Honours Free Free

Students will need Student Route visa sponsorship to study on the UK.

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:

Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £12,000 £12,360
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £6,000 £6,180
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £2,000 £2,060

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international undergraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

Additional costs

There could be additional student costs for remote study, working with an accredited coach and optional work placements depending on location of placement.

What can I do on completion of my course?

A degree in Equine Business Management will provide you with excellent career prospects. Endorsed by the British Horse Society as training towards BHS exams, this award enables you to develop knowledge and skills highly valued by employers. Graduates could anticipate going on to jobs in public, private and voluntary organisations, taking on such roles as:

  • Yard manager
  • Riding centre manager
  • Equine tourism
  • Equine research
  • Equine assisted learning
  • Equine rehabilitation
  • Self employment

You will also have the potential to become a local entrepreneur, with business start-ups in the equine and tourism sectors.

Can I progress into further study?

An honours degree may be used as a pathway to postgraduate study, such as a PgCert Equine Leadership and Management, or PhD study.

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

This course gives me a wealth of knowledge as well as food for thought on what I could do in the future. There are plenty of opportunities to go out and see other yards as horses are especially popular with people in the area. I am also a reserve student representative at
the college.

Weronika Rachwal is studying full-time on the HND Equine Studies.

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.

The course helped me develop people, equine and business skills, which are useful in my current role working at a riding centre in the Highlands. In terms of careers and employment, there are many jobs in the equine industry that require the skills that this university course offers.

Catherine Duthie completed her BA (Hons) Equine Business Management in 2016.

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