Equine Breeding (SCQF level 7) PDA
Course code 324D
What is special about this course?
Do you have a passion for horses? Could you use your empathetic nature to care for them through every stage of the breeding experience, ensuring their safety and welfare always remain top priority?
Whether you already work in a stud, or it's the next step in your equine career as an owner or aspiring stud hand, join this highly flexible, dedicated course and gain the skills needed to provide an excellent level of equine breeding care.
Work with broodmares, youngstock, and stallions as you gain experience in: basic horse handling; feeding and nutrition; cleaning and maintaining stables, paddocks, and equipment; cleaning and maintaining tack and equipment; and maintenance of the yard and property. In addition, learn about: basic exercising; operating machinery and equipment; basic equine first aid; how to assist Vets and Farriers; holding broodmares in the covering shed; assisting with Artificial Insemination (AI); stallion handling; and “foaling-watch”.
Enjoy excellent opportunities to work with a range of horses and their experienced stud teams, either at our Rural Studies Centre at UHI North Highland, or through our partnerships with a selection of equine yards throughout many areas in Scotland, including Inverness-shire, Caithness, Stornoway, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Isle of Skye, Inverurie, Elgin, Benbecula, Brora, North Ballachulish, Fife, Orkney, Giarloch (subject to change and availability). Let us support you as you pursue your equine ambitions, developing your practical and theoretical experience and knowledge as you take your next steps in this vital and satisfying field.
- Learn from highly qualified tutors with a wealth of industry experience
- Schedule practical sessions to suit your timetable, with our on-site, flexi-learning tutors
- Work with stables throughout Scotland, choosing a location that suits you
- Evidence of academic ability at SCQF level 5 or above in an equine-related subject OR
- BHS stage 2 or equivalent, such as Pony Club B test or NC Horse Care
- Applicants with other relevant qualifications or equestrian experience will be considered on an individual basis
Year 1 - PDA
You will study the following core modules:
- Equine studies: the brood mare
- Equine studies: the stallion
- Equine studies: equine youngstock
How will I study my course?
- Part-time (structured)
- Part-time (unstructured)
- You will learn primarily through face-to-face study in one of our learning centres, along with a combination of video-conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors
How long will my course last?
- Part-time (structured and unstructured): 3 modules (40 hours directed learning and 40 hours self-guided study). Duration can be agreed with the course team to suit your schedule
Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.
Where can I study my course?
- North Highland
You will be registered and supported by UHI North Highland, and can study the face-to-face elements of this course from our Rural Studies centre at UHI North Highland or from a range of approved equine yards across Scotland. Please click on the email link below to begin your application process or for more information.
For information on costs of this course please contact the campus where you wish to study.
External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.
You will be expected to wear clothing that's suitable for yard work and will also be responsible for any travel costs to the equine centre or yard where you undertake your practical training.
What can I do on completion of my course?
Once you have successfully completed this course, you will have the skills to work:
- in a stud or breeding yard
- in a yard with youngstock
- as a groom based at a stud
Can I progress into further study?
You may wish to progress from PDA Equine Breeding (SCQF level 7) to the following courses:
Is there more information available online?
You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.
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Please note that UHI North Highland, UHI Outer Hebrides and UHI West Highland will be changing their names to become UHI North, West and Hebrides in August 2023, subject to Scottish Government approval. This will not impact on your choice of course or how and where you will study.
For more information, or to begin the application process for this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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