Royal Agricultural University

Bloodstock and Performance Horse Management Royal Agricultural University Degree level: Undergraduate

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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 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.

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 deadlines

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!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code W529
Institution code R54
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

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

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 points minimum two A2 subjects
A level CCC 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
Scottish Higher CCCCC
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

Interview

may be required


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 none of the four elements below 5.5

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
International £10,000 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Irish Bloodstock Industry (Study Tour) in Year 3 there is an associated £600 additional cost.

Provider information

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Royal Agricultural University
Stroud Road
Cirencester
GL7 6JS


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Admissions

01285 889912