Equine management student in the yard at Hartpury
BSc (Hons)

Equine Management (Level 6 entry)


Typical offer: Related HND or FdSc

Duration: 1 year full-time; part-time available

Awarding body: Hartpury University

Apply for this course here: https://www.hartpury.ac.uk/university/courses/undergraduate/bsc-hons-equine-management-top-up/bsc-hons-equine-management-level-6-entry-2022/


Course overview

Extend your foundation degree or HND to a full BSc (Hons) degree. This unique programme provides you with a mixture of applied business concepts and science-based modules infused with equine management. This makes the course ideal for applicants who want to move into self-employment, small company management or are considering an equine career in a scientific context, including postgraduate study, research and teaching.

Your applied research project will allow you to explore a topic of your choice in detail with individualised support from your supervisor. You’ll evaluate and better understand current industry practices, giving you work-ready skills and knowledge.

Guest lecturers with industry and research experience will complement your learning, and provide you with networking opportunities in areas you’re interested in. You'll have the opportunity to be involved in on-site research projects or gain an insight into the commercial areas on campus, such as at the Equine Therapy Centre.

How to apply Contact us: +44 (0)1452 702244

What you'll study

What you'll study

This course is comprised of both compulsory and optional modules, which you'll be able to choose from to suit your interests and career goals.

Optional modules change each year in line with student, industry and research demands - you'll find recent topics studied below. You can attend introductory sessions for optional modules before deciding which ones to study.

Level six (year one)

Compulsory modules

This module will help you to meet the academic expectations for this final year and also support you in preparing for your applied research project. You'll gain confidence in research design, data analysis and critical writing.

You'll undertake an independent research project and supply a detailed analysis of the findings with one-to-one support from an academic supervisor.

Learn how to write a business plan for a small business, based on business theory and best practice. This is a really useful opportunity to test-drive your own business ideas.

Gain an insight into current research from new researchers at doctoral level and established researchers in the field of equine science.

Optional modules

Optional modules change each year in line with student, industry and research demands.

Recent modules have included Equine Behaviour and Welfare, Equine Therapy, Equine Nutrition and Project Management.

You can attend introductory sessions for optional modules before deciding which ones to study.

Please visit our document library for more module information.

Further module information

How you'll study

How you'll study

We're committed to supporting you to fulfil your unique potential, which is why on average we offer over 10 hours of contact time per week during this course. There is considerable choice within this programme and the number of hours of timetabled contact time will vary depending on the optional modules selected.

Your support network

You'll benefit from a strong support network from day one to be the best you can be. This will range from your personal tutor and specialist academic support team (our Achievement and Success Centre) to dedicated wellbeing and employability (Innovation, Careers and Enterprise) centres.

Your learning experiences

You'll experience a range of teaching methods to strengthen your digestion of topics, including lectures, workshops and practical sessions, as well as supported work placement learning as part of many courses.

Your career

Each year of your course will be made up of two semesters, within which you’ll study compulsory and optional modules on different industry-focused topics. This will enable you to develop your own unique portfolio of knowledge, skills and experience, ready for your career.

Further details

You’ll have your own personal tutor while you’re here who will support you to succeed in your studies. You’ll also have access to our academic and wellbeing support teams who run regular workshops and one-to-one sessions on campus and online.

Alongside this, we have a comprehensive bank of online study skills resources to help you make the most of your qualification.

On successful completion of your modules, you’ll gain academic credit that accumulates towards your award. You need to complete a total of 120 credits to gain the honours degree (level 6 entry) award.

The modules contain a mixture of scheduled learning – lectures, workshops and practical sessions – alongside independent learning. You'll be expected to dedicate at least two to three hours of independent study per contact hour.

The course is taught in English.

YearContact learningPlacement learningIndependent learning
Level six (year one)24%0%76%

There is considerable choice within this programme and the number of hours of timetabled contact time will vary depending on the optional modules selected. Contact time may not be the same in both semesters as it will depend on the modules you choose to enrol upon, but typically in the 2019-2020 academic year it averaged at over ten hours a week.

You'll be assessed through a mixture of written exams, practical exams and written assignments. 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.

Feedback will be given on all assessments in written format. You'll be able to access feedback for presentations and coursework in written format on our virtual learning environment. You can also access feedback on written examinations in group or individual tutorials with the module leader. Remember that feedback on assessments is not the only feedback you receive. Feedback is an ongoing process when you engage in lectures, seminars and practicals, and on formative work you may be asked to complete.

YearWritten examPractical examCoursework
Level six (year one)13%41%46%

This programme is taught over two semesters, normally consisting of 12 weeks of scheduled teaching and then assessment weeks, with an overview below:

  • Scheduled teaching takes place between 8:30 to 20:30, Monday to Friday
  • Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities
  • Work placements may entail different days and hours
  • Part-time students may need to attend learning activities five days each week, depending on modules selected
  • Timetables are available during enrolment week


Your career

Industry opportunities on this course are diverse to ensure you develop the skills, experience and connections needed for your graduate career. Many of our students secure graduate roles with their work placement employers.

Field trips and guest lecturers

Field trips and industry professionals in lectures form an important part of your learning, enabling you to experience different businesses, careers and best practices.

Depending on your module choices, you may have the opportunity to join field trips. Previous trips have included visits to veterinary practices, and to Kingwood Stud to see the Kurt system in action.

Graduate destinations

On completion of your course, you'll have the skills and knowledge to succeed within and outside of the equine industry. Just to give you some inspiration, examples of graduate careers include:

  • Sponsorship Coordinator, Three Counties Showground
  • Equine Events Manager
  • Equine Therapy Centre Manager
  • School teachers and further education lecturing roles
  • Roles in equine and animal welfare organisations
  • Postgraduate study in Equine Science, Equestrian Performance and Veterinary Physiotherapy


World-class facilities

You’ll have access to a diverse range of facilities while you’re here, many of which are newly built and world-class. Alongside lecture halls and workshop spaces, you'll have access to the following facilities:

Equine Therapy Centre

The Equine Therapy Centre has extensive facilities including a Sato high-speed treadmill and an Aquafit water treadmill. You'll have the opportunity to gain industry experience working alongside the therapy team. The facilities are also used as part of teaching, providing opportunities for demonstrations and data collection for research projects.


Our laboratories are modern and well-equipped, providing the ideal spaces for scientific activities, innovation and research. Some are used for specialist microbiological culturing and analysis, while others are used for biochemistry and physiology.

Study spaces

You’ll have access to our University Learning Centre for journals, ebooks, computers and break-out study spaces, as well as our Study Lounge – an informal space with sports equipment, study booths and chill-out spaces to support both studying and relaxation.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A pass at Foundation Degree or HND in an equine science or management related subject.

  • We welcome students with equivalent qualifications. Please contact us to discuss.

  • We may interview mature applicants and those with non-traditional qualifications to ensure this is the right course for you.

  • Previous learning towards a university-level qualification or relevant work experience may count as credit for this course.

  • Please contact us for further information:

Fees and funding

Tuition fees and financial support

Please visit our student finance page for information on tuition fees and student loans, as well as non-repayable grants, bursaries and scholarships, eligible to different groups, to support with study costs.

Below you'll find extra costs associated with studying this course, as well as costs associated with living and extracurricular activities that might be of interest.

Optional field trips (up to circa £50)

Most field trips are included in the course fees, but depending on module choices, there may be additional opportunities. You may be eligible to apply for funding in the form of a loan or grant from the university if required.

Accommodation and living costs

Please visit our student accommodation page for details.

Get in touch

We would love to hear from you, so please get in touch. You can ask a specific question or simply pop your details in to be kept up-to-date with news and events.

Important information

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are reviewed and developed regularly. Changes or cancellation of courses may be necessary to ensure alignment with emerging employment areas, to comply with accrediting body requirements, revisions to subject benchmark statements or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make necessary changes and will notify all offer-holders of changes as and when they occur.

*Reflects activities after 15 months for those who graduated in 2019.