• Code: HR
  • Certification Equine Studies
  • Duration One Year


The focus of the course is to develop the skills to work in the equine industry, while
at the same time developing learners’ personal, interpersonal and workplace skills.
The content includes core modules in work experience and communications/
customer service as well as a range of vocational modules including stable and yard
routine, equine nutrition, equine anatomy and physiology, horse confirmation and
evaluation, and animal welfare (with a particular emphasis on equine welfare)

The course is designed to provide professional education and training to learners
who love horses and have a particular interest in gaining employment in the equine
industry in a variety of roles. The course will enable them to pursue a career in the
equine industry or continue their studies at higher and/or third level.

On completion of this course you will be eligible to progress to a Level 6 Horsemanship
(6M3505) award. Currently this qualification is offered by Teagasc and a selection of
Community colleges/ PLC’s (Galway Community College and Curragh Post Primary,

Programme of Study

Stable and Yard Routine
• Work Experience
• Communications ( or Customer
• Equine Anatomy + Physiology
• Equine Nutrition
• Horse Confirmation and Evaluation
• Animal Welfare
• Sport Horse Riding Instruction
Components subject to change

Entry Requirements

One of the following:
• Leaving Certificate (minimum of five
06/H7’s or combination of five 06/
H7’s) or its equivalent. Extenuating
circumstances may be considered.
• Leaving Certificate Applied Award
• QQI Level 4 Award
• Mature learners – experience will
be considered in lieu of formal
Places are offered following successful
interview. Learners are required to source
their own work experience.

Career Opportunities

Participants who successfully complete
this course will seek positions as tour
guides employed directly or on a freelance
basis with tour operators and tour guide

Higher Education Progression*

Examples of potential courses include:
• Athlone IT:
Higher Certificate in Business in Equine
Studies. (AL652)
• Enniskillen College:
BSc in Equine Management (UCAS
Course Code: D322)
• NUI Maynooth:
BBS/BBA Equine Business (MH405)
• Kildalton:
Level 6
This course may also be used by
students to progress to a variety of
Equine courses in UK colleges and

Course Co-Ordinator

Aoife McCann

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