Equine Business Management BA (Hons)

UCAS code D4N2
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What is special about this course?

The BA (Hons) Equine Business Management will introduce you to all aspects of today’s modern equine and sporting business. The course is highly practical and will 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 current issues and legislation in the equine industry, equine behaviour and welfare management.

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 will also have the opportunity to take part in equestrian events and activities organised throughout the year.

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

Special features

  • Small classes give you a more personal experience of university
  • You will undertake equine-related classes and research projects in practical situations
  • Access to our purpose-built equestrian centre, where you will be taught by staff highly experienced in the industry
  • Opportunities to take part in equestrian events and activities throughout the year
  • Opportunity in the third and fourth year to study remotely from your own location


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

Entry requirements

  • Entry to year 1 (HNC) is an NC in Equestrian Skills or Business Studies
  • 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 the HNC Equine Studies
  • Direct entry to year 3 may be possible with the HND Equine Studies; entry may also be possible with other HND qualifications such as a business-related HND with relevant equine industry experience


Access routes

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

Year 1 - HNC


Year 2 - HND


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?

  • 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 tutors

How long will my course last?

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

Where can I study my course?

  • North Highland College UHI

Start date

  • September
  • January (part-time only)


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:

YearLevel2019-20 Full-time2019-20 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £1,285 £86 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £1,285 £86 (per HN credit)
Year 3 Degree £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)

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 full time, the following fees apply:

YearLevel2019-20 Full-time2019-20 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £6,720 £448 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £6,720 £448 (per HN credit)
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours free** £1,500 (per 20 credit module)

**4th (Honours) year free only for students who have paid for previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

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:

YearLevel2019-20 Full-time2019-20 Part-time***
Year 1 HNC £6,720 £457 (per HN credit)
Year 2 HND £6,720 £457 (per HN credit)
Year 3 Degree £11,100 £1,940 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £11,100 £1,940 (per 20 credit module)

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

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous 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 work placements, depending on choice of placement.  Work placement modules are optional at year 3 and 4

What can I do on completion of my course?

A degree in Equine Business Management will provide you with excellent career prospects. 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 postraduate 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.

Apply for Equine Business Management BA (Hons)

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2020 or Aug/Sep 2020 or Jan/Feb 2021

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