Higher Certificate in Business in Equine

Higher Certificate in Business Equine

Course Overview

  • 2


  • 6


  • AQA


  • AL652

    CAO Course Code

Why take this course?

Do you have a love of horses and the equine industry? Would you like to turn your hobby into a career and work within the racing, breeding or equestrian sport industry? If so, this two-year course could be for you.

What will I experience?

Studying on this higher certificate will provide you with knowledge of those disciplines which form the basis for a successful career in the business and equine sectors. You will be expected to understand the factors which make an equine or a general business organisation successful. You will develop the knowledge and learn the skills required for a career in the wider business sectors. The qualification also provides the necessary foundation for progression to an appropriate Bachelor degree (Level 7), as indicated below. Emphasis is placed on both the theoretical and practical elements of the curriculum throughout the course.

During both years, the linking of the business and equine elements involves attendance at AIT and Gurteen College, Ballingarry, Roscrea, Co Tipperary. http://www.gurteencollege.ie

Year 1 of the course is delivered entirely at Gurteen College which offers students the option of residing at the college and immersing themselves in equestrian life. Year 2 is delivered at the AIT campus, with one day a week spent onsite in Gurteen to continue the immersion in equestrian life.

What opportunities might it lead to?

As a holder of this qualification you are eligible to apply to join the Bachelor of Business in Equine Studies (Level 7) one-year, add-on programme at AIT.

Additional Information

Have your own horse? A unique feature of this programme is that you can bring your own horse to Gurteen College where you will find top quality facilities. ​

Course Details

Course Duration:
2 Year
CAO Course Code:
Cut Off CAO Points:
Course Award:
Higher Certificate in Business
Course NFQ Level:
Level 6
Department of Business & Management
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Grade 06 at ordinary level in five subjects in the Leaving Certificate examination. Two of these subjects must be Mathematics and a language (English or Irish).


Any QQI level 5 qualification is acceptable.

Course Structure

Year 1

Learning and Development for Higher Education, Computer Applications, Equine Anatomy & Physiology, Equine Business Management, Marketing, Principles of Equine Health & Disease, Equine Reproduction, Equine Management, Equitation.

Year 2

Economics, Financial Accounting, Digital Marketing Applications, Applied Science, Equine Welfare & Industry, Equitation, Human Resource Management, Management Accounting, Equine Nutrition.

Course Facilities

Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

Job opportunities may include employment in equine administration, yard and stud farm management, in the marketing of horses/equine-related products, in transportation, in riding centres, in competition yards, and in equine-based centres/facilities within the recreation, leisure and tourism sectors, as well as in areas of general business.

Further Study

As a holder of this qualification you are eligible to apply to join the Bachelor of Business in Equine Studies (Level 7) one-year add-on programme at AIT.

Bachelor of Business in Equine

Bachelor of Business

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