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BSc (Hons), CertHE, DipHE Equine Performance and Business Management

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Gain practical skills in two of the biggest graduate employment sectors in the equine industry, with our BSc (Hons) Equine Performance and Business Management degree.

As a student at ARU Writtle you can choose to follow one of two pathways: equitation and coaching, or breeding and production.

If your interests lie in horsemanship, riding and coaching, our equitation and coaching pathway will give you the opportunity to upskill, and prepare for potential careers in training, coaching and sports performance.

Or, if you have a strong interest in horse breeding, the breeding and production pathway lets you focus on the skills and technical knowledge you need to be at the forefront of this expanding industry.

Whichever pathway you choose, you’ll find there’s a focus on business practices, with modules on brand management and a consultancy project where you’ll develop processes, websites and apps for an external company.

We also host guest speakers and seminars from key industry figures, giving you the opportunity to build your professional network.

You’ll be based in the Equine Training and Development Centre, which offers extensive facilities including a working stable yard, riding arenas and an equine therapy barn. There are around 70 horses on campus, and you’re able to bring your own horse to university too: find out more about our DIY Livery Yard.

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Equine Academy: support for talented riders

The Equine Academy at ARU Writtle supports a group of competition-level riders every year. It offers training sessions for the rider, stabling for the horse, and access to our equine facilities and experienced support staff.

Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.


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Hands-on learning

Study equine courses with ARU Writtle and benefit from:

  • dedicated Equine Training and Development Centre on our Cow Watering Campus
  • working stable yard, with around 70 horses on campus
  • indoor and outdoor riding arenas
  • oval horse walker
  • therapy barn
  • 150-hectare campus with grazing and space for events
  • DIY Livery Yard for students' horses.
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Outstanding student support

Join our student community and:

  • learn from experienced tutors, who'll provide encouragement and feedback
  • make full use of facilities including extensive library and IT resources
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.


Our BSc (Hons) Equine Performance and Business Management degree supports you to develop a wide skill-set that can be used in a number of careers.

As a graduate, potential career paths include:

  • coaching and training
  • stud management
  • equine event management
  • marketing and brand management
  • equine resource management
  • journalism/media
  • business consultancy
  • young horse production
  • nutrition
  • lecturing
  • technical sales and retail
  • bloodstock sales.

Graduation doesn't have to be the end of your time with us. You might decide to at ARU and study for a Masters, such as our MSc Equine Performance Science.

Apply now for BSc (Hons), CertHE, DipHE Equine Performance and Business Management

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Close to major cities, ARU Writtle is located on a picturesque 150-hectare campus in the heart of the Essex countryside.

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