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Honours and Integrated Masters Degrees

BA (Hons) International Horseracing Business

Benefit from world-class facilities and world-class expertise. Learn from lecturers who are specialists in their subject areas. Gain industry experience at our international equine events.

Three years full-time (four years with sandwich year)

Part-time options available

This innovative international horseracing business degree, which is new for September 2017, has been developed with input from the horseracing industry to prepare graduates for the varied and highly commercial world surrounding the business of horseracing. And studying for a degree at Hartpury University Centre will give you unrivalled access to the horseracing and wider equine industry within the world’s largest equine institution.

Students will be given a solid foundation of knowledge in core business subjects alongside developing a broad understanding of the international horseracing industry and they will be ready to hit the ground running in a wide range of careers in this exciting sector when they graduate. 

Topics of study on this specialist degree programme could include areas such as hospitality, sponsorship, media and the bloodstock business while exposing students to wealth of practical and work experience opportunities, including industry-led experiences and projects, thanks to Hartpury’s exceptional contacts within the equine industry. These include long-standing relationships and partnerships with key governing bodies, racecourses and equine companies, including the British Horseracing Association, Cheltenham Racecourse, Natural Animal Feeds (NAF) and Baileys Horse Feeds.

And of course, Hartpury University Centre is ideally situated within the horseracing world - in close proximity to Cheltenham and with many prominent trainers basing their business in and around Gloucestershire.

The international horseracing business degree can be completed full time in three years, or four years with an optional sandwich year spent working within the horseracing industry or another equine or related business. Part-time routes are also available. The course incorporates several opportunities for ‘live’ projects and a placement will be an essential component within the second year of study for all students.

An integral study trip will allow students to experience the horseracing business environment first hand and provide key networking opportunities for students to build their contacts and possible mentors, opening doors to the array of graduate careers on offer in this sector. Students will be encouraged to engage in various trips and visits during their degree studies. While many of these are included in the course fees, there will also the opportunity to engage in additional significant study tours, including experiencing international racing practices. It is estimated these costs could be approximately £1800.

As well as core modules, students on the international horseracing business degree will have the opportunity to pick from a range of optional modules, enabling them to tailor the degree to their personal strengths and areas of industry interest.

Several Hartpury Equine and Business graduates have already gone on to forge successful careers within the horseracing industry, including marketing manager at Thirsk and York racecourses, an exciting graduate placements with the British Horseracing Authority with Newmarket Jockey Club  Racecourses and working for the Irish National Stud. A former Hartpury student has even gone on to become the UK’s youngest racehorse trainer!

How to apply for this course

Entry Requirements

GCSE | A minimum of 5 GCSE A* to C, (or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded), including English Language and Mathematics

A Level | Typical offer is BBC or equivalent. This must include a minimum of two A Levels (excluding General Studies)

Level 3 Extended Diploma subjects/grades | Typical offer is a DMM in an Extended Diploma or equivalent in a relevant subject

We welcome students with equivalent qualifications, including Access and the International Baccalaureate. Contact the admissions team to discuss.

Some evidence of the awareness of the Horseracing industry within the personal statement.

We may interview mature applicants and those with non-traditional qualifications.

Previous learning towards a university-level qualification or relevant work experience may count as credit for this course. Please contact our admissions team.

Why study Equine at Hartpury University Centre?

Every aspect of our specialist campus is designed to equip students with the skills, knowledge and experience they need to open the door to their dream career, while providing exceptional competition opportunities and supporting horses and riders in all forms of their development and wellbeing.

As Europe’s largest equine education centre, Hartpury attracts the very highest calibre lecturers, researchers and coaches. It also hosts riders, trainers and industry leaders from more than 20 countries at its three major equine festivals each year.

But perhaps the most special thing about Hartpury is that there are so many opportunities for our students to gain real world experience on our own specialist campus.

Key information

  • University Finance

    The cost of studying can quickly mount up and our finance team can offer confidential advice on budgeting, information on bursaries, loans and grants, and help you explore what you are entitled to. For information on everything student finance related, click below. 

    You can contact the office by email studentfinance@hartpury.ac.uk or by phone on 01452 702189 or 01452 702190.

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  • Tuition Fees

    Fees for September 2018 entry

    UK: £9,250
    EU fees: Will remain the same as UK students, £9,250
    International: £12,000
    Please contact us to discuss part-time fees 

    EU students starting this course in Sept 2018 will be eligible to apply for UK student loans for the duration of their course. 

  • University Accommodation

    Whether it is your first time away from home, or you’re a seasoned traveller, there are options to suit you and your lifestyle while studying at Hartpury. 

    You’ll be part of a vibrant and international community of students of all ages, and from many different cultures, who share their experience of life at university together on one campus.

    We have a variety of options to suit different tastes and budgets. Whether you choose to live on or off campus you’ll get the same high standards of facilities and support. You can check out your options by clicking below. 

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Thinking of postgraduate study at Hartpury?

Hartpury University Centre has an outstanding postgraduate employment history of 100% and is skilled at supporting students to progress both their interests and career aspirations. Offering postgraduate qualifications in Equine, Sport, Animal and Veterinary Physiotherapy, Hartpury provides a unique postgraduate experience.