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Higher Certificate in Business in Equine

Duration: 2 Years
Awarding Body: QQI
Course Code: AL652
Progression: Bachelor of Business in Equine Level 7 (AIT & Gurteen College)
Bachelor of Business (Hons) Level 8 (AIT)
Location: Gurteen College and Athlone IT
Application: CAO
Maintenance Grant: Application through SUSI (Means Tested)

Entry Requirements and Application Procedures

Applicants must have grade D3 at ordinary level in five subjects in the Leaving Certificate. Two of these subjects must be Mathematics and either English or Irish. The standard points system will be used to rank applicants. Holders of relevant QQI awards at Level 5 and Level 6 and mature students may also apply. All applications are through the CAO.

Course Aims

The aim of the course is to provide the student with business studies and equine related knowledge and skills required for a range of job opportunities within the horse industry both in Ireland and abroad. Career opportunities exist in equine and related businesses. Examples of areas of employment include yard and stud farm management, sales and marketing of equine related products, bloodstock transportation, riding centres, competition yards and jobs in the recreation, leisure and tourism sectors. Some graduates find employment in the USA, New Zealand, Australia, Holland and Germany.


This two year course, accredited by QQI, is offered jointly by Gurteen College, Ballingarry, Roscrea, Co Tipperary (067 21282) and Athlone Institute of Technology (090 6468000). Course Code: AL652.

Course Structure and Content

In Year 1 the course is delivered in Gurteen College while Year 2 is delivered mainly in Athlone Institute of Technology. Students usually board on the campus at Gurteen in Year 1. Students may bring their own horse to Gurteen College for livery.

Year 1 Subjects

  • Equitation 1
  • Equine Anatomy & Physiology
  • Equine Management
  • Computer Applications
  • Learning & Development for Higher Education
  • Equine Business Management
  • Marketing
  • Principles of Equine Health & Diseases
  • Equine Reproduction
  • Equine Work Experience

Year 2 Subjects

  • Equine Welfare & Industry
  • Applied Science
  • Equitation
  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Equine Nutrition
  • Economics
  • Digital Marketing Applications

On successful completion of the programme students are awarded the Higher Certificate in Business in Equine. This award meets the training requirements for Stamp Duty exemption. Progression opportunities exist on completion of this course to Level 7 and Level 8 degree courses in Athlone Institute of Technology and British Universities. Further information is available from Athlone IT.