Higher Certificate in Business in Equine

Higher Certificate in Business Equine

Course Overview

  • 2


  • 6


  • AQA


  • AL652

    CAO Course Code

Why take this course?

Combine your passion for horses with practical business skills for a career in the equine industry

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) or to an honours degree in Business (Level 8). Emphasis is placed on both the theoretical and practical elements of the curriculum throughout the course.

Year 1 is delivered in Gurteen College, Balingarry, Co. Tipperary, with lecturers from AIT and Gurteen delivering lectures on site. Year 2 is delivered in the main Athlone Institute of Technology campus in Athlone, with one day a week spent in Gurteen where a bus is provided by AIT.

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, which is accredited by Athlone IT, but delivered in Gurteen.

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:
Median CAO Points:
Course Award:
Higher Certificate in Business
Course NFQ Level:
Level 6
Dept of Accounting & Business Computing
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 Prospectus


Course Structure

Year 1

Learning and Development for Higher Education;
Computer Applications;
Equine Anatomy & Physiology;
Equine Business Management;
Principles of Equine Health & Disease;
Equine Reproduction;
Equine Management;
Equine Work Experience

Year 2

Economics and the Equine Industry
Financial Accounting;
Digital Marketing Applications;
Applied Science;
Equine Welfare and Industry;
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.

Work Placement

There is an Equine work placement component in Year 1 of the programme.

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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