Equine Studies HND

UCAS code 224D

What is special about this course?

If you love horses and would like to make a career out of working with them, the HND 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 gain business and management skills
  • You will have the opportunity to work at stables throughout Scotland
  • You may have the opportunity to take part in local competitions and a student exchange scheme


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

Entry requirements

  • HNC Equine Studies or equivalent
  • Applicants with other qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis

Access routes

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
  • Workplace experience
  • Lungeing

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

Year 2 - HND

Mandatory units are:

  • Graded unit 2
  • Equine grassland management
  • Managing an event
  • Equine behaviour
  • Managing an equine business
  • Planning equine facilities

Option units may include:

  • Getting started in business
  • Progressive training programmes for the young horse
  • Riding techniques over fences
  • Marketing: an introduction
  • Creating a culture of customer care

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • You will learn by a combination of 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)

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 2 years (HNC + HND)
  • Part-time (structured): 4 years (HNC + HND)

Where can I study my course?

  • North Highland College UHI

Start date

  • September


For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2019-20
Full-time per year £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2019-20
Full-time per year £6,720
Part-time (per HN credit) £448

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

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

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2019-20
Full-time per year £6,855
Part-time (per HN credit)** £457

*There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.


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

Additional Costs

There is a recommended equipment and reading list that will be made available upon acceptance of your placement on this course.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of your Equine Studies course you could gain employment in teaching, studwork, equine retail, or management of equine facilities, both at home and 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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What our students, graduates and staff say

This course gives me a wealth of knowledge as well as food for thought on what I could do in the future. There are plenty of opportunities to go out and see other yards as horses are especially popular with people in the area. I am also a reserve student representative at the college.

Weronika Rachwal is studying full-time on the HND Equine Studies.

It all began when I was 17 and completed an HND in Equine Studies at North Highland College UHI. From there I progressed onto, and completed, the BA (Hons) in Equine Business Management. I found covering a wide range of modules has given me the ability to search for and analyse relevant information - whether that be the psychological journey of a horse rider during training and competition, the health of a business or the various areas of equine and employment law.

I am self-employed, owning and managing Castle View Stables, a local riding school with around 60 children and adults, ranging from beginners to competition riders. I loved having free rein to study as and when I could, which eased the pressure of juggling college work and running my business.

Ashleigh Campbell studied on the BA (Hons) Equine Business Management at North Highland College UHI.

Apply for Equine Studies HND

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2020

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