Equine Studies

Scotland`s Rural College (SRUC)


Aberdeen Campus, Oatridge Campus


There's never been a better time to study and work in this field, as the equine industry is growing year on year. This two-year course offers the mix of practical and theoretical knowledge you need to take on a variety of roles.

You'll learn practical skills like yard, stable and grassland management. You'll also learn about riding and horsemanship, instructional techniques and of course about the horses themselves.

In addition to that, you'll gain more general business knowledge, including event management, supervisory and organisational skills and an introduction to marketing.

The course offers Riding or Non-Riding options at both campuses.

Example modules: Equine Grassland Management; Brood Mare; The Stallion; Equine Behaviour; Equine Business Management.

Entry Requirements

2 Highers including English or a science subject plus English, Maths or a science subject at National 5. Or NC Horse Care or Horse Care (Advanced Certificate). Two weeks' practical work experience.

If applying for the riding option, you require recorded evidence of riding ability, to include a minimum of walk, trot, canter and jumping, should be submitted along with the application.

BHS Stage 1 or 2 would be an advantage or the Pony Club B test.

Progression Routes

Degree level courses

Start Date




Study Method

Part time (day)

Course Length

4 years


Equine and Horse Care

SCQF Level