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Certificate of Higher Education in Equine Science and Management

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Course Duration

Part-time: 2 years

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Certificate of Higher Education in Equine Science and Management

Certificate of Higher Education in Equine Science and Management, validated by Ulster University, is taught exclusively online. You can study from anywhere in the world and fit your learning around your current professional and personal life.

This course seeks to provide those seeking employment or staff working in the equine sector the opportunity to gain a recognised higher level qualification. Developed in consultation with the equine industry the course provides up to date theories and principles relevant to equine science and business management practices. Whilst this course has practical elements, it does not develop practical competencies but can support participants with and without practical experience.

Course content

During the first calendar year, three modules will be released online, September, January and May. These will include:

  • Equine Anatomy and Physiology
  • Principles of Equine Nutrition
  • Equine Health and Welfare

During the second year, two modules will be released online, September and January. These will include:

  • Introduction to Equine Business Management

Optional units:

  • Equine Exercise Physiology and Training OR Principles of Thoroughbred Training
  • Equine Reproduction and Stud Practices OR Equine Reproduction and Thoroughbred Stud Practices
Programme attendance requirements

Students remotely attend online classes the majority of which will be pre recorded, with live tutorials. Should a student miss a live class they can view the recording at a time which suits them. Software is available for the duration of the course and students will be required to own or have access to a suitable device such as a home PC/laptop. On average students will study three taught modules per year. Students will be required to complete coursework and online exams throughout the course and a commitment of approximately 6 hours on average per week is expected with additional independent study.

Course progression

Graduates may have the opportunity to progress on to the full-time Foundation or BSc (Honours) Degree programmes delivered by CAFRE, subject to meeting course entry requirements.

Career options include equine business owners/managers, technical advisers, horse trainer, sales representatives and a range of jobs in the service and related industries.

Fees and funding support

Successful applicants will be required to pay the yearly fee in full prior to the commencement of the course or provide confirmation of a fees funding support package. For information about fees and funding support click here.

Course entry requirements

Students should normally have attained two Grade Ds or above at A-Level, equivalent to 48 UCAS tariff points at A2 Level, plus three GCSE subjects at Grade C including English Language and Mathematics.

For other qualifications, please consult the UCAS website Tariff Tables. For those applying with Irish Leaving Certificate qualifications please refer to the Tariff Tables, Section 3 – International Qualifications where equivalent qualifications are listed in alphabetical order. Leaving Certificate Applied and Leaving Certificate Foundation Level are not considered as meeting entry requirements for CAFRE programmes. If you require guidance on entry qualifications please email the Key Contact for this course.

In addition to meeting the course entry requirements applicants must also meet the General Entrance Requirements for Ulster University.


Booking Terms and Conditions

CAFRE Booking terms and conditions are available by clicking here.

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Shaping the future of Higher Education with:

Alison Morris

Key Contact

Alison Morris
Senior Lecturer (Equine)