Royal Agricultural University has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.
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.
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.
You will complete a 20-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. If you wish to undertake an extended period of work there is the option to pause your studies and complete a 12 or 18 month work placement.
- 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
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
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This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
|UCAS Tariff||96 points||minimum two A2 subjects|
Example of possible offer
Science subject recommended
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||MMM|
|Access to HE Diploma||D: 15 credits|
|AS||Acceptable when combined with other level 3 qualifications|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||Essential: Five GCSE subjects at Grade C/4 or above including English Language and mathematics|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||26 points|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||H3, H3, H4, H4, H4|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||Acceptable when combined with other level 3 qualifications|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||Acceptable when combined with other Level 3 qualifications|
Additional entry requirements
may be required
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6.0||none of the four elements below 5.5|
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|