Bloodstock and Performance Horse Management
This course specialises in the bloodstock industry comparing science and business practices to those within the sports horse industry. The University has a proven track record for graduate employability, with former students securing high profile positions in the many facets of the racing industry.
UCAS code: W529
Mode of studyFull time / Part time
Programme managerAshley Ede
This course is subject to revalidation.
The racing industry is worth billions worldwide and relies on the scientific expertise and business acumen of a myriad of professionals. Stud managers, trainers, bloodstock agencies, feed companies, and sports journalists all play their part among many others – and so could you, with a qualification from the RAU. If you aspire to a career in the thoroughbred or sports horse industry, this course will teach you all you need to know about training, breeding, racecourse, and enterprise management. The knowledge you gain will be further enhanced by a work placement in a business of your choice, and visits to leading racing businesses in Newmarket and Ireland, offering you a stepping stone into the professional world.
This is your opportunity to secure invaluable real-world experience in an area that matches up to your personal interests and professional aspirations. It consists of a 20-week placement in your second year, at a national or international company, with the added option of completing a full year of employment between your second and third year if you wish. You might find it beneficial to link your choice of placement to your final year electives and Research Project (dissertation) topic.
The course will be delivered through lectures, seminars, visiting speakers and field trips.
Modules are assessed through a range of methods, including exams, reports, business plans, case studies, and presentations.
The Research Project (dissertation) is an integral part of the course, leading to your BSc (Hons) classification. It provides essential experience in the design and execution of a research project focusing on either science or business subject matter, with a view to the publication of any significant findings.
Timetables are normally available one month before registration. 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 course are as follows:
- 1003 Business Environment
- 1010 Equine Industry
- 1033 Business Finance
- 1034 Personal Development Planning
- 1040 Equine Evolutionary Anatomy
- 1235 British Bloodstock Production
- 1247 Breeding and Genetics
- 1248 Equine Bioveterinary Science 1
- 2014 Equine Law
- 2036 Sandwich Placement Incorporating Personal Development Planning
- 2069 Rural Business Enterprise
- 2166 Equine Business Finance & Taxation
- 2239 Global Bloodstock Industry
- 2252 Equine Research and Ethics
- 2254 Equine Nutrition and Training
- 2255 Soil and Grassland for Equestrian Use
- 3015E Honours Research Project
- 3206 Equine Breeding Management
- 3217 Advances in Training the Equine Athlete
- 3224 Advances in Equine Science
- 3226 The Irish Bloodstock Industry
PLUS choice of TWO electives selected from:
- 3009 Agricultural and Equine Journalism
- 3034 Marketing Communication
- 3058 Equine Behaviour and Welfare
- 3059E Equine Genetics
- 3078 Equine Performance Nutrition
- 3200 Equine Health
Course modules are subject to change.
- A Level: CCC – min.96 UCAS Tariff points (to include at least two A Level passes – Desirable to have one science subject. For Science subject: Pass in practical element is not required.)
- BTEC: MMM
- GCSE: (Minimum five GCSEs) - English and Mathematics (or Maths Numeracy for Welsh applicants) at Grade C / 4 or higher are required.
- International Baccalaureate: 26 points, desirable to include one science or technology subject at higher level.
- Access to HE: 45 credits at level 3, of which 15 must be awarded at Distinction (Pass at Literacy & Numeracy skills at level 2 are accepted in lieu of GCSE English & Mathematics)
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.
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Tuition fees cover the cost of a student’s academic studies. This usually includes teaching costs, registration and examination fees (not repeat or trailing modules, re-sit fees or coursework resubmission). Any costs associated with work placements will be the student's responsibility.
For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:
|Full-time||£9,250 per year||£10,000 per year|
The tuition fees quoted for 2018/19 applicants may rise in line with inflation, subject to government policy.
For full details, please visit the fees and funding webpage.
The University offers a wide range of generous fee waivers and bursaries. To find out more about the scholarships, awards and bursaries available, please visit the scholarships webpage.
Our former graduates have gone on to pursue successful careers in some of the following areas:
- Bloodstock agencies
- Feed companies
- Racecourse management
- Stud management
- Technical support to the racing industry (i.e. genetic consultancy)
- Management of ancillary industries
On average over the past five years, 96% of our graduates have gone on to enter employment or further study within six months, 70% in managerial positions.
Isabelle Budge, BSc (Hons) International Equine and Agricultural Business Management graduate, 2014 - “From an early age, I knew I wanted a career in racing. The RAU stood out due to its course offering and networking opportunities with alumni and industry contacts. I gained a thorough knowledge of the global racing and bloodstock industry, as well as business management and breeding. The best element for me was the work placement. I now work at Newbury Racecourse and am responsible for multi-million-pound sponsorship deals – and the RAU helped me to achieve this.”
The Royal Agricultural University is currently going through an internal review of its curriculum to ensure the best possible student experience through innovative teaching, learning and assessment in an industry-led context. The new curriculum will be fully launched in 2018 and will be designed to meet current and future needs of students and employers. As a result, the course information detailed here is subject to some change. We will endeavour to ensure that the information is as up to date as possible, with the finalised curriculum then being published in May 2018. If you have any questions about the course or about the curriculum review please don’t hesitate to contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications to study at the Royal Agricultural University must be made through the UCAS system. This applies to all undergraduate courses.
Applications need to be made by the UCAS deadline to ensure we are able to offer you a place on your first choice course. If you would like to apply during UCAS Extra or Clearing, please check that we have places available.