BSc (Hons) International Equine and Agricultural Business Management
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 will also delve into the changing dynamics of the UK horse industry, as well as international equine business and science, covering Northwest Europe, the USA, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia. You will also benefit from internationally-recognised visiting speakers from all areas of the equine industry.
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.
Business students also have the opportunity to work with real start-up enterprises based at the Gloucestershire Growth Hub on campus, using their knowledge to find and implement solutions to current industry problems.
You will complete a 20-week work placement in the second year of the course which develops key transferable skills and helps you to gain industry contacts even before you graduate. If you wish to undertake an extended period of work placement there is the option to pause your studies and complete a 12 or 18 month work placement. This is an excellent opportunity to develop a range of links within the growing equine, agriculture and business industries.
- 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 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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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.
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You will benefit from a blend of modules that cover equine, agriculture and business delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials, visiting speakers, case studies, laboratory practical classes and demonstrations. Modules are assessed through a range of methods, including essays, reports, case studies and presentations. There are timed examinations at the end of each semester.
Study tours will give you industry insight and are compulsory for this degree. You will visit Northwest Europe (two weeks) and the USA (two and a half weeks). An additional course supplement of £3,500 will apply, although study bursaries are available subject to availability and eligibility criteria.
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 typical modules for this course are:
- 1003 Business Environment
- 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
- 2014 Equine Law
- 2019 Farm Enterprise Management
- 2036 Work Placement Incorporating Personal Development Planning
- 2069 Rural Business Enterprise
- 2166 Equine Business Finance and Taxation
- 2231 International Agri-Business Marketing
- 2252 Equine Research and Ethics
Plus a choice of ONE elective selected from:
Between year two and year three
- 3002 Equine Developments
- 3003 International Equine Industry
- 3006 Emerging Agricultural Issues
- 3036 Advanced Equine Business Management
- 3225 Negotiation in Business
- 3300 Research Project/Dissertation
Plus a choice of TWO electives selected from:
- 3008 Advanced Livestock Production
- 3011 Rural Business Diversification
- 3020 Advanced Crop Production
- 3034 Marketing Communications
- 3058 Equine Behaviour and Welfare
- 3059E Equine Genetics
- 3078 Equine Performance Nutrition
- 3081 Consumer Behaviour
- 3200 Equine Health
- 3206 Equine Breeding Management
- 3217 Advances in Training the Equine Athlete
- 3224 Advances in Equine Science
- 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.
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. The cost of the International Study Tour will be £3,500; half of this cost becomes due at the start of Year 2 and the balance is payable at the start of Year 3.
- 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:
|Full-time||£9,250 per year||£9,250 per year||£10,200 per year|
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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.
Our graduates have gone on to pursue careers within companies worldwide and within the following roles:
- Bloodstock Agent
- Event Manager
- Equine Journalist
- Racehorse Trainer
- Farm Quality Control Of ficer
- Equine Insurance
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
Jennifer Winnett BSc (Hons) International Equine and Agricultural Business Management, 2016 - “I fell in love with the RAU after attending an undergraduate open day. The course has provided so much enrichment and variety, and opened up doors I could never have imagined. The quality of teaching is high and the level of support is second to none. The trips and visits provide valuable contacts, and the work placement allowed me to set up my own business during my third year. The Enterprise Programme was incredibly supportive and helped me secure valuable business funding.”
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