THIS week CAFRE announced the launch of a new Certificate in Higher Education in Equine Science and Management which commences in September.

The course has been developed to provide an opportunity for those who cannot attend full-time study to access high-quality equine education alongside other commitments. The course has been developed with close liaison from industry and is validated by Ulster University. This new provision provides a flexible route into higher education and runs over two years part-time with course modules including both thoroughbred and sport horse options.

During the first calendar year, three modules will be released online and will include:

  • Equine Anatomy and Physiology
  • Principles of Equine Nutrition
  • Equine Health and Welfare
  • During the second year, two modules will be released online and will include:

  • Introduction to Equine Business Management
  • Optional units:

  • Equine Exercise Physiology and Training OR Principles of Thoroughbred Training
  • Equine Reproduction and Stud Practices OR Equine Reproduction and Thoroughbred Stud Practices
  • This course seeks to provide those seeking employment or staff working in the equine sector the opportunity to gain a recognised higher level qualification. Developed in consultation with the equine industry the course provides up to date theories and principles relevant to equine science and business management practices. While this course has practical elements, it does not develop practical competencies but can support participants with and without practical experience.

    Tuition fees for 2022 entry are set at £600 per year and a total of £1,200 for the course.

    Further information on the course can be seen on the CAFRE website: