Horse Care NC

What is special about this course?

Develop your equestrian skills and riding ability with this practical course based at our state-of-the-art Rural Studies Centre at Halkirk. You will engage in classroom learning for theory-based subjects and have opportunities to develop your practical skills in the yard, indoor and outdoor arenas using a range of quality horses.


Entry requirements

  • A keen interest in equestrianism and preferably some equestrian experience

  • Satisfactory interview

  • Evidence of communication/literacy, IT and numeracy skills and/or qualifications at SCQF level 4
  • Horse Care - Grooming
  • Safe Horse Handling
  • Horse Care - Feeding and watering
  • Preparation for ridding activities 
  • Stable routine
  • Fittening
  • Transportation
  • Opportunity to prepare for British Horse Society Examinations

You will also study a variety of other relevant topics and develop your personal and employability skills.

Participation in rotational weekend work from November to March is an essential part of the course.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Flexible

You are required to do rotational weekend work from November – March. This would normally be one week in four.

In addition, students are prepared for British Horse Society Examinations.

How long will my course last?

One year based at the Rural Studies Centre by Halkirk.

Where can I study my course?

    • Thurso

Start date

Annually in August.


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

  • HNC Equine Studies
  • Enhanced career prospects within the equestrian industry

Is there more information available online?

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I want to start in 2019/20

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at North Highland College UHI. North Highland College operates 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 age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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