Understand the key principles of successful business on a campus full of commercial opportunities. Develop business skills and pursue your equine interest while gaining commercial experience. Tailor your studies to suit your career goals and apply your skills practically through an industry work placement.
You’ll have plenty of opportunities to experience equine business behind the scenes on this degree. Students gain experience at our regular international and national equine competitions and events, as well as our commercial equine therapy and rider performance centres on campus.
You’ll develop the knowledge you need to succeed in a commercial equine environment, covering core business subjects including finance, management, marketing and strategy. A range of exciting optional modules will enable you to apply this to the areas of the equine industry you’re most passionate about. You could focus on horse performance, understand the science behind equine nutrition or use the most advanced techniques and equipment to return them to full health through therapy.
As you advance through your course, further business-related modules will allow you to direct your studies towards the areas of industry that most interest you. You’ll have the chance to experience the planning and organisation behind successful event management, delve more deeply into the financial side of business through accounting or explore the equine sport and hospitality industry.
During your studies you’ll be able to study a semester of your degree at an overseas institution in the USA. You’ll also have the opportunity to complete an industry-recognised Institute of Leadership and Management award, giving you the skills and knowledge to manage a commercial team.
You’ll undertake a compulsory work placement in year two, allowing you to observe work in the industry and put what you’ve learned into practice. Students have recently completed placements at British Dressage, Hartpury’s own International Horse Trials event, as well at the BETA Trade Fair and Cirencester Park Polo Club. You could work in variety of roles including media and marketing, sales, or sponsorship and events. You could also get more extensive industry experience during an optional sandwich year placement.
This course is ideal for those who...
Want to develop their interests in both equine and business subjects, and progress into a commercial career.
Learning and assessment
This programme comprises of different modules, which focus on specific subjects. The modular structure of the programme gives you flexibility and choice and you can attend introductory sessions for optional modules before having to finally decide which ones you wish to study. You will be assessed through a mixture of written exams, practical exams and coursework. Many of the modules will be marked based on a mixture of assessment types, whilst others will be based solely on one type of assessment.
As an equine graduate you may go on to work as an equine scientist, manager or rehabilitation therapist. You could also work in racecourses, event management, teaching or biomechanics. Recent graduate destinations have included:
- South West Regional Marketing Executive for the Jockey Club
- New Business Development Merchandiser at Lindt
- Development Assistant at British Equestrian Federation
- Account Manager at RDW Exhibitions
- Events Management at Grandstand Media
- Nominations Executive at Tweenhills Stud
- Account Executive at Henson Franklin
Is there an integrated placement year option?
Three years full-time (four years with integrated placement year)