Hartpury College
BA (Hons)

Equine Business Management (SW)



Course Overview

This degree combines business modules with equine industry and functional equine science modules. Students are able to widen their skill base, develop key contacts and gain valuable work experience with an in-built work placement module, with an additional opportunity to take a Sandwich year and work within the business industry between years 2 and 3. Graduates therefore enter the job market with an applied business degree and an in-depth understanding of the equine industry.

The Equine Business Management degree is made up of core (or essential) and optional modules, enabling students to tailor the degree to their personal strengths and areas of interest. Studying for a degree at Hartpury will give you unrivalled access to the equine industry. As the largest equine college in the world, we have long-standing relationships with national governing bodies (eg British Dressage) and partnerships with key equine companies (eg Natural Animal Feeds (NAF), Baileys Horse Feeds). The College also hosts three national equine events each year, including the Hartpury International Horse Trials, which students are encouraged to be involved in. Students can take advantage of international standard equine facilities with their own horse or in recreational riding sessions.

The programme can be completed full time in three years, or four years with a sandwich year. Part time routes are also available and should be planned with your programme manager

Our students have gone on to some fantastic careers in a wide range of industries and enjoyed some exceptional work placements all over the world, helping them open doors to their dream careers. 

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Entry Requirements


Five GCSEs at Grade C or above to include English and Mathematics

Tariff points range

240 (typical offer)

A level subjects grades

Two A2s in any subject

Level 3 Extended Diploma subjects grades


International Baccalaureate

24 points




Experience in the Equine business industry

For the most up to date information on your programme, you can find your course information sheet here

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In Brief


3 Years

Tuition fees

Fees for September 2017 entry

UK: £9,250
EU fees: Will remain the same as UK students, £9,250
International: £11,250
Please contact us to discuss part-time fees 

EU students starting this course in Sept 2017 will be eligible to apply for UK student loans for the duration of their course. 

When should I apply

You can apply for September 2017 entry now.  Please check the UCAS website for application deadlines.

How to apply

You must apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
Hartpury is an Associate Faculty of the University of the West of England. The Hartpury UCAS code is H22. If you feel that you have accredited prior learning please contact us to discuss your application.
If you want to study this degree on a part-time basis, please apply directly to Hartpury. Contact the Admissions team on +44 (0) 1452 702244 or email admissions@hartpury.ac.uk  to request a part-time university application form.

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    • Business and Financial Information
    • Understanding Organisations and People 
    • Equine Structure and Function
    • Equine Industry
    • Understanding the Market Process
  • Include:

    • Professional Placement Experience
    • Research Methods
    • Event Management and Fundraising
    • Accounting Information
    • Operations Management
    • Equine Performance
    • Stud Management
    • Human Resource Management
    • Therapy and Rehabilitation
    • Applied Equine Nutrition
    • Sports and Hospitality Management
    • Applied Business Management for the Equine Industry
    • Strategic Management
    • Dissertation


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Rebecca Calver – International Programme Officer at World Horse Welfare

Rebecca Calver graduated from Hartpury with an Equine Business Management degree in 2011. Here she talks about the time that she spent studying at Hartpury and the interesting and varied path that her career has taken since she left Gloucestershire.

“When I first started out on my degree at Hartpury, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do as a career in the longer term so it was really important to me that I was given the freedom to be able to pick and mix a selection of both business and equine modules. Through my studies, I developed an interest in event management, so alongside the events and marketing modules that I got to do as part of my degree, I decided to get involved with the Student Union to build up my experience in that area.

“Once I had graduated from Hartpury, I got the opportunity to go to the USA to manage a horse riding programme for Camp America and after that, I worked for a season organising corporate events at two polo clubs in Dubai. It was amazing to get the chance to combine work with travel and gain some really valuable experience.

“I now work for World Horse Welfare as an International Programme Officer, which combines my love of travel and project management. I am responsible for training and for community support programmes that are aimed at improving the welfare of working equines in South Africa, Senegal, Cambodia and Haiti.

“I manage our trainers, budgets and the monitoring of how each project and our relationships with partner organisations are working.

“Throughout the year, I travel to see each partner and project in situ, getting hands on experience and knowledge to apply to my planning back at Head

“I am also part of the organisational committee for the International Colloquium for Working Equids, which takes place in July. At that major event, I will be responsible for hosting experts from around the world who are attending a two-day conference and the practical training day. It will be a big challenge but I can’t wait.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Hartpury and I have no doubt that my course opened up many opportunities for me. What I learned during my degree helped in some way to prepare me for all of the job roles I have taken on since I graduated.”

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