Education: Springboard to a Career in the Equine Industry

The News Letter (Belfast, Northern Ireland), August 18, 2001 | Go to article overview

Education: Springboard to a Career in the Equine Industry


ENNISKILLEN College provides a wide range of courses for those interested in pursuing careers in the Equine Industry. Courses are applied in content and have a strong practical element with emphasis being placed on students 'learning by doing'.

Enniskillen College currently offers a wide range of equine courses from First Diploma Level (no formal educational requirements for entry) through to Degree level. In addition to completing their formal academic studies, students on these programmes have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities, which compliment formal course work, throughout the academic year.

These activities include Showjumping Competitions, Cross Country Schooling and Racing. Students can also avail of the Study Tour and Visit programme which enable students to broaden their experience of the Equine Industry at home and abroad.

The Flo Milling travel scholarship sponsored by the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association is awarded annually to a College student enabling them to travel internationally and additional scholarships are available to facilitate two students to spend a semester at Michigan State University.

Students also have the opportunity to get involved with Industry Organisations associated with planning and running of events including Dressage Festivals, Three Day Events, Stallion Parades and Connemara Pony Breeders Displays.

BSc (Hons) in Equine Studies

The overall aim of this four year course is to provide students with a sound academic base for the development of equine science, equine technology and business skills.

The course, which is validated by the University of Ulster, aims to produce motivated graduates possessing knowledge of the techniques for managing business enterprises relevant to the needs of the equine industry.

Students are required to spend 48 weeks on work placement, the successful completion of which results in the award of a Diploma in Industrial Studies. BSc students have to date spent a proportion of their work placement in Kentucky, Dubai, Ireland, England, Australia and Germany. Career opportunities from this programme include college lecturing posts, technical sales representatives and advisors and equine business managers.

Higher National Diploma in Equine Studies

This three year course is designed to meet the needs of the Irish Equine Industry. The course aims to develop students understanding of the technology and management of horse related enterprises.

Students who have achieved a HND in Equine Studies will have acquired a wide range of practical equine skills, developed an understanding of the principles of good horse husbandry practices and obtained a knowledge of financial management, marketing and business planning.

In addition to studying core modules students have the opportunity to specialise in aspects of Equitation, Breeding and Racing. Work Placement is an integral part of this course and students have undertaken a wide range of positions in studs, showjumping, eventing, racing, dressage and showing competition yards and many further their qualifications through gaining their British Horse Society Qualifications up to Intermediate Instructor level.

Final year students are involved with the running of the College's Breeding Unit as part of an applied enterprise management MARE's project.

A high proportion of final year students have undertaken bridging studies with a view to completing the one year programme which is offered at the College to enable HND students to 'top up' their qualification to a Bsc (Hons) degree.

Higher National Certificate in Equine Studies

This part time course is designed to provide more flexible access to students and enables students to gain an academic qualification relevant to the Equine Industry.

Students study 10 modules from the suite of modules offered at HND level.

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