Equine Studies HND

UCAS code 224D
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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 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


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 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:

  • 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 leisure industry

Year 2 - HND

Mandatory units are:

  • Equine Studies: graded unit 2
  • Equine Studies: 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
  • Equine Studies: progressive training programmes for the young horse
  • Equine Studies: 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?

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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 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

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What our students, graduates and staff say

Star North Highland College student, Ashleigh Campbell of Caithness, was awarded the 'Equine Learner of the Year' prize at the fifth annual LANTRA Landbased Learner of the Year Awards. This is the first time that the Equine industry has had their own prize category at the awards, which was sponsored by The British Horse Society, Horse Sense, Easterton Stables, and the Scottish Equestrian Association. Ashleigh scored a hat trick win on the night, taking home a total cash prize of £750.00. In addition to the 'Equine Learner of the Year prize, the North Highland College student took home the 'Overall Runner-up' prize sponsored by the Cadogan Trust, and the Highlands and Islands Regional Winner prize, sponsored by Highlands and Islands Enterprise. Ashleigh completed an HNC in Equine Studies with The North Highland College in June 2007, and is a qualified preliminary British Horse Society instructor instructing at her local pony club.

Apply for Equine Studies HND

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2018

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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