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Bachelor of Business in Equine (Level 7)

Course Duration 1 year
Awarding Body QQI
Course Code AL552
Location Gurteen College in association with Athlone IT
Application Apply to Athlone IT
Maintenance Grant Application through SUSI (Means Tested)

Entry Requirements and Application Procedures

Applicants must have a Higher Certificate in Business in Equine (Level 6) or an approved equivalent qualification. Apply to Athlone IT.

Course Aims

This one-year add-on course will enable the student to demonstrate specialised knowledge related to general business and the equine industry. The student will learn how to use
diagnostic skills to identify problems of a business or equine nature, and acquire the capacity to provide informed, innovative, ethical solutions to such problems. From the business angle, students will learn to assess success and failure and to analyse the impact of key external and internal factors on organisational progress. This course will also develop communication and team-working skills, which will aid future career development and progress. This degree will give students the necessary background and expertise to pursue further academic studies in related disciplines.


This course is offered by Athlone Institute of Technology (090 6468000) in association with Gurteen College, Ballingarry, Roscrea, Co Tipperary (067 21282). Students are based in Gurteen College for the duration of this one-year add-on course. Accommodation is available on campus at Gurteen College. Livery is available on campus for students’ horses.

Course Structure and Content

This course is delivered in Gurteen College with lecturing staff from Athlone IT travelling to Gurteen College to deliver lectures, practical classes and tutorials.

Course Module

  • Equestrian Competition
  • Equine Coaching & Management
  • Equine Exercise Science
  • Advanced Equine Health & Disease
  • Equine Managerial Finance
  • Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Applied Entrepreneurship
  • International Marketing and Sales for Equine

On successful completion of this programme, progression opportunities exist to Level 8 degree courses in Athlone IT such as the Bachelor of Business (Honours) Level 8. Graduates of this Bachelor of Business in Equine (Level 7) from Athlone IT / Gurteen College are approved by the Association of Irish Riding Establishments to teach in AIRE approved centres.