Hartpury College

Equine Science and Management

Course Overview

The Cert HE Equine Science & Management programme offers an excellent introduction to equine-based higher education and a flexible approach to studying at Hartpury. Modules on this programme are mapped against the BHS Horse Knowledge and Care syllabus up to stage three.  Timetabling makes it suitable for mature students balancing life and career commitments. It is also an ideal opportunity to gain a higher education qualification for those who progressed into employment in the equine industry directly following completion of A-levels or Diploma study.
Students will have access to a range of facilities via the modules they can choose from. As part of successful completion of the Cert HE, students will be required to complete a module which necessitates a period of work experience on the Hartpury Yard for one week, in both the first and second semesters. Successful completion on this module ensures students are capable of working to the highest possible standard in industry. Students must also successfully complete an anatomy and physiology module. Additional module topics include

  • Facilities management,
  • Equitation,
  • Nutrition,
  • Veterinary science, and;
  • An overview of the equine industry.

In order to see the facilities and meet the staff to 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 Cert HE programme we can facilitate completion of continued further study to gain a full foundation degree. This option is open for discussion with the programme leader. 

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 grade C or above to include Maths, English, Science.

Tariff points range


A level subjects grades

One A2 in any subject (preferably a biological science)

Level 3 Extended Diploma subjects grades

MPP (preferably a biological science)

International Baccalaureate

24 Points




Mature applicants (21 years and over) who are able to meet the majority of the criteria stated are welcomed onto the course at the discretion of the programme leader.

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


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

Please contact us to discuss the application process by emailing admissions@hartpury.ac.uk If you feel that you have accredited prior learning please contact us to discuss your application.

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