BSc (Hons) Bloodstock and Performance Horse Management with Foundation Year
If you aspire to to have a career in the thoroughbred or sports horse industry, our specialist Bloodstock and Performance Horse Management course will teach you all you need to know about training, breeding, racecourse management and enterprise.
This degree course with a foundation year incorporates an extra year of study at the start of your course, so that you can progress with confidence. It will develop the skills you need for your later studies. It is particularly suitable if:
- You don’t have the grades for immediate entry onto a three-year course
- You have non-traditional qualifications or experience
- You’re starting university after some time away from education
- You’re looking for more support during the transition into university study.
- 48 UCAS points
- GCSEs in Maths and English
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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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:
The Foundation year will provide a common core of academic and study skills sufficient to prepare you for subsequent study and academic success at undergraduate level. It will give core underpinning knowledge, skills and understanding in key areas of contemporary issues, provide underpinning subject-related skills and knowledge in key areas required for undergraduate study, including Mathematics, Numeracy and IT. It will also provide generic skills and academic knowledge to support your confidence and discipline as appropriate for higher education study and give subject-specific grounding, in terms of research topics and study focus, to support progression into degree level study in your chosen degree.
- 0IFY1 Managing Landscape
- 0IFY2 Digital Skills
- 0IFY3 Rural Business Skills
- 0IFY4 Land Related Studies
- 0IFY5 Change in the Countryside
- 0IFY6 Enterprise and Marketing
- 0IFY7 Environment and conservation data handling
- 0IFY8 Agriculture and Farming
- 1003 Business Environment
- 1010 Equine Industry
- 1033 Business Finance
- 1235 British Bloodstock Production
- 1247 Breeding and Genetics
- 1248 Equine Bioveterinary Science 1
- 1314 Equine Anatomy and Physiology
- 1400 Developing Academic Skills
- 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
Between year two and year three
- 3206 Equine Breeding Management
- 3217 Advances in Training the Equine Athlete
- 3224 Advances in Equine Science
- 3226 The Irish Bloodstock Industry (Study tour)
- 3300 Research Project/Dissertation
PLUS choice of TWO electives selected from:
- 3036 Advanced Equine Business Management
- 3058 Equine Behaviour and Welfare
- 3059E Equine Genetics
- 3078 Equine Performance Nutrition
- 3200 Equine Health
- 3002 Equine Developments
- 3225 Negotiation in Business
- 3081 Consumer Behaviour
- 3240 Contemporary Media Studies
The availability of electives to individual students will be dependent on timetabling considerations and on sufficient students electing to take part.
All the module sheets can be found here.
* Optional additions to the course will incur additional charges
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. There is an associated £600 cost in relation to module 3226 The Irish Bloodstock Industry (study tour), which is payable at the beginning of year four.
- Re-sit examination or coursework re-submission fees are £5 per credit (for a typical 15 credit module, this will total £75)
For the academic year 2020-21 the tuition fees for this course are:
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For part-time study, please contact email@example.com for further information.
Please also refer to the funding your time at university page.
Tuition fees may be subject to an inflationary increase each year as set out in our Access and Participation Plan 2019/20.
The University offers a wide range of generous fee waivers and bursaries. To find out more about the these, please visit the bursaries, awards and scholarships page.
- Bloodstock agent
- Stud manager
- Nutritional advisor
- Racecourse manager
- Equine journalist
93%* of our graduates are in employment or further study six months after leaving the RAU.
*2016/17 UK-based leavers studying a first degree, full time. Source: HESA
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.”
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.
Applicants wishing to study on a course on a part-time basis will need to apply directly to the RAU.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your requirements and obtain an application form.