Equine Studies HNC

UCAS code 624D

What is special about this course?

If you love horses and would like to make a career out of working with them, the HNC Equine Studies at North Highland College UHI is the course for you.

You will learn the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to be able to work with horses to a high standard. You will also be prepared for your BHS exams.

Special features

  • You will have the chance to take part in local competitions
  • You will develop key business and management skills


We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • NC Equestrian Skills or Business Studies
  • Applicants with other qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis

Access routes

  • It may be possible, with some additional bridging, to access with HNC Business.

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Preparation of horses for competitions
  • Graded unit 1
  • Equine anatomy and physiology
  • Equine facility management
  • Equine fitness
  • Equine health
  • Equine nutrition
  • Equine selection

Option units may include:

  • The Brood Mare
  • The Stallion
  • Creating a culture of customer care
  • Driving the single turnout
  • Equine youngstock
  • Equitation
  • Equitation for the leisure industry

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We continue to review government guidance and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. In semester one, September 2020, the theory elements will mainly be delivered online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have the opportunity to do an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities and practical sessions will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • You will learn through a combination of face-to-face lectures and tutorials in the classroom, as well as practical tutorial sessions at stables (Caithness; Sutherland; Isle of Skye and Western Isles; Wester Ross; Orkney; Inverness; Fife; Angus; Aberdeenshire; Moray; and East Lothian)
  • Rotational weekend work from November to March is a requirement of the course: normally 1 week in 4

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time (structured): 2 years

Where can I study my course?

  • North Highland College UHI

Start date

  • September


For students normally domiciled in Scotland, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Note: The Scottish Government set this fee which has not yet been confirmed for 2021-22 so may be subject to change.

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,915
Part-time (per HN credit) £448 £461

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £7,020 £7,230
Part-time (per HN credit) £468 £482

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact North Highland College UHI for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of your course you might like to consider roles in equine retail, equine facilities, studwork or as a competition groom in equine and leisure, either at home or abroad.

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress to the BA (Hons) Equine Business Management at North Highland College UHI.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Equine Studies HNC

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2021

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.