BSc (Hons) International Equine and Agricultural Business Management (Placement Year)
Become a multi-skilled graduate with a thorough grounding in agricultural and equine developments, equine science, business including marketing, finance, law and negotiating skills. You'll also have the chance to put your learning into practice during a work-based placement year.
You will also delve into the changing dynamics of the UK horse industry, the second largest economy in the rural sector. Throughout the degree you will benefit from internationally recognised visiting speakers from all areas of the equine industry, and gain knowledge in international equine business and science, covering Northwest Europe, and the USA.
With a work placement built into the course and our powerful network of graduates it’s no wonder our students have gone on to secure work in the UK and abroad at prestigious companies such as Weatherbys, Volac International Dairy Nutrition, Haygain and Horse and Hound.
In the third year, you will apply and develop your expertise and complete a 12-month period in the workplace. This is an excellent opportunity to develop a range of links within the growing equine, agriculture and business industries.
** We are reviewing aspects of this course ahead of the 2023/24 academic year to ensure we provide the best possible student experience. Where we plan to make changes which have a material impact on the course, we will communicate those to you as soon as they are available. **
Our students have benefitted from trips to leading racing businesses and organisations locally, in Southern Ireland and North West Europe gaining insight directly from the mouths of world-leading organisations.
More locally students have also taken advantage of equine organisations such as the famous Cheltenham Racecourse, and the Blue Cross Rescue Centre.
Being based in Gloucestershire you will be able to tap into a wealth of equine companies right on your doorstep and within the UK such as the British Racing School, Newmarket Equine Hospital, Kubler Racing, and the Blue Cross Rescue Centre.
Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and societies activities.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Each credit equates to 10 hours of total study time. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.
Full-time students normally take modules worth 60 credits per 15 week semester but this can vary depending on your elective choice. Part-time students taking proportionally fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for your degree is based on marks obtained for modules taken at level 5 and level 6 (weighted 30:70 accordingly).
The modules available for this degree are shown below. They may change for your year of study as we regularly review our module offerings to ensure they’re informed by the latest research and teaching methods.
- 1005 Livestock Science
- 1007 Soil and Environmental Science
- 1010 Equine Industry 1
- 1033 Business Finance
- 1054 Introduction to Food Production
- 1248 Equine Bioveterinary Science 1
- 1400 Developing Academic Skills
- 1415 Global Business Environment
- 2019 Farm Enterprise Management
- 2069 Rural Business Enterprise
- 2166 Equine Business Finance and Taxation
- 2231 International Agri-Business Marketing
- 2316 Personal and Professional Development Skills
- 2317 Industry Placement
- 2319 Equine Law, Ethics & Research
Plus a choice of ONE elective selected from:
- 2253 Equine Bioveterinary Science 2
- 2254 Equine Nutrition and Training
You will undertake your placement year during year three of your programme. You will complete Years 1 and 2, complete the placement year and then return for your final year of the programme.
- PPY Professional Placement Year
- 3003 International Equine Industry
- 3006 Emerging Agri-food Issues
- 3036 Advanced Equine Business Management
- 3241 Advances in Equine Science & Industry Developments
- 3300 Research Project / Dissertation
Plus a choice of TWO electives selected from:
- 3020 Advanced Crop Production
- 3034 Marketing Communications
- 3058 Equine Behaviour and Welfare
- 3059E Equine Genetics
- 3078 Equine Performance Nutrition (only if 2254 was studied in Year 2)
- 3081 Consumer Behaviour
- 3200 Equine Health
- 3206 Equine Breeding Management
- 3240 Contemporary Media Studies
- 3242 Negotiation in Business
- 3325 Rural Entrepreneurship
The availability of electives to individual students will be dependent on timetabling considerations and on sufficient students electing to take part.
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Careers and graduate destinations
- Bloodstock agent
- Event manager
- Equine journalist
- Racehorse trainer
- Farm quality control officer
- Equine insurance
"I remember doing exercises where we took old farm yards and thought how could we develop this as an equestrian business and that's something I've actually gone on and done".
Dan Kubler, Graduate
Required: GCSE minimum five GCSEs at Grade C/4 including English Language and Mathematics (or Maths Numeracy for Welsh applicants) plus satisfactory level 3 qualifications:
- A-Level: (Example grades CCC) – minimum of 96 UCAS tariff points (to include at least two A-Levels or equivalent qualifications)
- C&G Advanced Technical/BTEC - Level 3 Extended Diploma (1080) at Merit-Merit-Merit
- C&G NPTC/C&G Advanced Technical/BTEC - Level 3 Diploma (720), Extended Certificate (360) and 90-Credit Diploma (540) acceptable when accompanied by other Level 3 qualifications
- International Baccalaureate: 26 points
- Access to Higher Education: 45 credits at level 3, of which a minimum of 15 must be awarded at Distinction and 15 at Merit or higher (Pass at Functional Skills level 2 are accepted in lieu of GCSE English & Mathematics)
Other level 3 qualifications will be considered.
Visit the UCAS website to calculate your UCAS Tariff points from the qualifications and grades achieved.
You may also be eligible for a contextual offer if you’re from one of our link colleges, have been in care, from a non-white ethnic background, live in an area with low progression rates to university or you are a veteran/child of an armed forces family.
The University welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. A wide range of qualifications and experience are accepted in order to join University degree programmes. The University always considers evidence of personal, professional (APL) and educational experience, (APEL), which show an ability to meet the demands of their intended programme of study.
Alternative entry routes are available for a range of other qualifications. Prior experience is also considered, subject to approval by the programme manager and admissions staff.
Read more general information about our entry requirements.
If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for one of our Foundation degree courses or another related degree course.
International students will also need to achieve IELTS Academic or equivalent at the appropriate level for your programme of study. English language requirements for international students.
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For the academic year 2023-24 the tuition fees for this course are:
|Full-time||£9,250 per year||£13,900 per year|
|Placement year||£1,850 per year||£2,780|
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