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FdSc Equine Training and Management

Equestrian Studies
Equestrian Studies
Equestrian Studies

Enabling students to gain a solid understanding of the equine industry in a vocational way, this programme is divided between the classroom, practical sessions, visits and lecture demonstrations. You will be given the necessary management skills for a career within the equine industry and, by the end of the programme, be particularly suited to work in the competition horse industry as either a coach, trainer, rider, stable manager, centre manager or events co-ordinator. This programme can be structured to your individual experiences.

For more information on the FdSc Equine Training and Management degree programme please see our dedicated microsite on the Rural University Experience you can expect from Hadlow College.

Course Duration:

Full Time

College Attendance:

2 years, full-time

UCAS Institution Code:

H03 (Hadlow College)

UCAS Code:



Hadlow Campus

Course Content:

Year 1 – Level 4

  • Equine Anatomy and Physiology (30)
  • Equine Welfare and Husbandry (30)
  • Professional Practice (15)
  • Work Based Learning (30)
  • A choice of either: Preparing and Exercising Horses (15) OR Training Horses from the Ground (15)

Year 2 – Level 5

  • Equine and Human Sports Science (30)
  • Introduction to Research Skills (15)
  • Organisation and Event Management (15)
  • Work Based Learning (30)
  • A choice of either: Riding and Training Horses over Fences (15) OR Training Young Horses from the Ground (15)
  • A choice of either: Riding and Training Horses on the Flat (15) OR Principles and Methods of Training Horses (15)

The work based learning modules are a key feature of this course.. You will be expected to complete a work based project which occurs over an eight week period at the end of the academic session. You will be supported in finding an appropriate placement and your progress within a working environment monitored.

Assessment Method:

Coursework (written assignments, projects and presentations) as well as end of year examinations.

Entry Requirements:

48 UCAS points made up from A levels, preferably one in a science based subject, or relevant Level 3 vocational qualification. All applicants should also have a GCSE grade C or above in English, maths and preferably science.

Additional Experience:

Life experiences are taken into account when considering applications.

Progression Routes:

Successful students can enhance their skills and progress onto the BSc (Hons) Equine Training and Management programme. Graduates will also be fully prepared for managerial and technical positions within the equine industry.

Specialist Equipment Needed

BSI approved riding hat, boots, jodhpurs, whip and grooming kit.

Available Clothing

Equine Tie

Equine Jacket

Equine Polo Shirt

Equine Sweatshirt

I love every aspect of this degree. Knowing that I want to work in the equine industry I researched which programmes would be best suited to me as well as give me job opportunities at the end. It also helped that the tutors at my previous College recommended I apply here; I am so glad that I did. Although I am not doing the riding option, we still get a reasonable amount of contact time with the horses and can ride when we’re not in lectures. For me this is the best of both worlds – I prefer the programme without riding but do not feel I am missing out on valuable experience. This is especially true since, other than riding, before I came to the College the only experience I had had with horses was through a friend. Coming to Hadlow has really given me a huge confidence boost - I have made many amazing friends and it has opened a number of doors. To sum up Hadlow College in one word: ‘Inspiring!’

Aimee Hayes


  • 64 horses, a number of which are ex-competition, including foals and stallions
  • 2 indoor arenas, one of which is international size (35m x 60m)
  • Outdoor manege (40m x 50m)
  • Extensive cross country courses including water jumps, coffins and banks
  • Show jumping paddock and jumping lane
  • Horse weighbridge, high speed treadmill, horse walker and stocks
  • Science laboratories
  • Recognised competition and BHS examination centre

Typical Employers

Competition centres, yards, research centres, feed manufacturers, event management agencies, equine welfare organisations, riding schools, racing yards, studs and equine veterinary clinics.

Industry Links

Students at Hadlow receive a 5% discount at Speedgate Saddlery. Students also benefit from strong links with international competition riders, the Society of Master Saddlers, Ken Lyndon-Dykes and the partnership with Bell Equine veterinary practice.

Please note that all programme specifications and course modules are subject to annual change.

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