Hartpury College
BSc (Hons)

Equine Management (top-up)



Course Overview

This programme is very flexible in delivery, facilitating part time or full time (one year) completion which may suit those already working in industry. Students who gained employment following completion of a Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma can use this programme to gain additional qualifications which may facilitate a change in role or career path. For those who have been immersed in industry and wish to gain a qualification to complement their practical ability this programme would also be suitable but candidates would be subject to a short interview with the programme manager – see entry requirements.
Compulsory modules on this Equine management programme include business and science modules, and a dissertation. Students who have not previous studied research processes and statistics will also be required to complete a module on these topics in the first semester to support successful completion of the dissertation. Additional module topics include:

  • Behaviour
  • Nutrition
  • Business Management
  • Ethics and welfare
  • Performance

Whilst studying students can also benefit from; access to our Animal Science Laboratories, the Hartpury Yard and Therapy Centre, a range of work experience opportunities, a variety of horses, experienced lecturers & researchers, and a dedicated supportive year tutor.
In order to meet the staff and discuss your options, you are invited to attend any of the university open mornings. Timetabling and other queries can also be directed to the programme leader via enquiries@hartpury.ac.uk
At the end of the BSc (Hons) Equine Management programme, students do have the option to continue their study by enrolling onto post-graduate study including MSc Equine Science or the Masters by Research (Equestrian Performance).  This option is open for discussion with the programme leader. 

The programme can be completed full time in one year; part time routes are 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


A Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma in Equine Science or an equine-related programme.

Applicants with non-standard entry criteria or extensive industry experience will be considered on the discretion of the programme team. This will take the form of an individual interview with members of the programme team and possibly the completion of a set task such as a written assignment.

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


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In Brief


1 Year

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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Course breakdown



  • Dissertation, Ethics and Welfare
  • Applied Business Management for the Equine Industry
  • Equine Nutrition for Performance
  • Equine Behavior and Psychology
  • Equine Sports Medicine 
  • Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation


Kerry Anne-Bourne – Senior Yard Technician

About my job

I oversee the day-to-day management of the horses at Hartpury’s main equine yard, working closely with our students to ensure best practice in my role as a senior yard technician. I’m also responsible for the student liveries and the barn mentors, which can mean delivering educational yard practicals, giving our students yard experience and ensuring the horses get the right amount of exercise. I have also worked with the Canadian para dressage team at the Olympics – an opportunity that was given to me through Hartpury. I’ve continued to keep in contact with them and we’re off to the World Equestrian Games next.

Why I chose Hartpury

I knew from a young age that I wanted to work with horses, but I wasn’t sure what route I wanted to take. Hartpury could offer me so many experiences and opportunities in the equine industry, which would help me decide the best direction to take my career in. I completed a National Award and National Certificate before moving on to a Foundation Degree in Equine Performance.

Memorable experiences

Working as a student warden and a barn mentor during both my first and second years at Hartpury is something I’ll never forget. I met a lot more people and experienced new things. Working on the three major events held at Hartpury was also a highlight. Working alongside international riders, coaches and judges with industry professionals is a massive bonus when it comes to progressing your career.

Using my degree at work

I think the most important thing about my degree was it allowed me to realise my strengths and weaknesses and learn how I could build on them both to become better at what I do. Not only that, but the vast amount of extra-curricular work-related experiences that were available through the college, gave me skills that I use every day and that I’ll continue to use throughout my career. The practical element of my degree was what made me choose it - the hands-on experience in the yard and the opportunities for work experience.

How I got into the industry 

Having owned my own horse from a young age, I always knew that I wanted to work in the equine industry and my experiences at Hartpury were ultimately what got me into the role that I’m in now. They gave me the chance to put what I’d learned into practice, giving me the perfect set of skills to work in this industry.

My advice for students

Take every opportunity available to you at Hartpury. There are so many different things you can do and experience here and all of them will help you to succeed once you graduate and move into the world of work.