Royal Agricultural University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Bloodstock and Performance Horse Management with Placement Year

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Course summary

If you aspire 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. Industry experience is at the heart of this degree with a work placement in your second year, and visits to leading racing businesses in Newmarket and Ireland. Our graduates have secured high profile positions in the racing industry, including organisations such as Godolphin, Juddmonte, The Jockey Club, Weatherbys and The National Trainers Federation and you could join them. This specialist course compares science and business practices to those within the sports horse industry and equips you with the skills to step into the professional world. Course structure Gain a solid grounding in all aspects of the horse racing industry through lectures, seminars, visiting speakers and field trips. Modules will be assessed through a range of methods including examinations, reports, business plans, case studies and presentations. The Research Project is an integral part of the course and provides essential experience in both design and execution of a piece of research. You can choose to focus on either science or business and you could also see your Research Project featured in one of the many academic journals that regularly publish our students’ work. Work placement You will complete a 15-week work placement in the second year of the course. Students have completed placements at prestigious companies such as Highclere Stud, France Galop, Arena Racing Company, Colin Tizzard Racing and the Event Rider Masters Limited. The one year placement in Year 3, is designed to enable students to complete a relevant enhanced work placement experience to help them identify future career choices and enhance relevant skills sets sought by employers. It is an additional module that students can choose to take after their work experience at Level 5. The module allows students to develop a deeper understanding and gain further experience in a relevant business or employment area to enhance their work experience at Level 5. Students are expected to experience and engage in various aspects of their chosen industry from an operational to practical working.

Course details

Modules

Indicative Modules:

  • The Global Thoroughbred Industry
  • Racing and Bloodstock Accounts including Bloodstock Valuation
  • Pedigree Analysis using both Traditional and Modern Selection Methods
  • Business and Finance
  • Applied Equine Anatomy and Physiology, Incorporating Exercise and Reproduction
  • Nutrition for Performance and Breeding
  • Equine Law
- Grassland and Turf Management


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
W531
Institution code:
R54
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Each applicant is assessed on individual merit and offers can vary. All qualifications that you have already studied or still working towards, will be considered when reviewing your application. The entry requirements listed above represent typical offers for some of the most popular qualifications taken by applicants. If you cannot find the qualifications that you are studying (or have previously studied) please contact our Admissions Office Tel: 01285 889912; or Email: [email protected] for advice.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Interview

may be required


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6none of the four elements below 5.5

Unistats information

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69%
Student satisfaction
80%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
90%
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £13500 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £13500 Year 1

Additional fee information

UK - Tuition fees for Placement Year - £1,850 EU/Overseas - Tuition fees for Placement Year = £2700
Bloodstock and Performance Horse Management with Placement Year at Royal Agricultural University - UCAS