Course: BSc (Hons) Bloodstock and Performance Horse Management

Course details

  • Qualification

    BSc (Hons)
  • UCAS Code

  • Location

    Royal Agricultural University Campus
  • Duration

    3 Years (Full time / Part time)
  • Academic Year

    30 September 2019 - 5 June 2020

This course is available through Clearing for 2019 entry. If you aspire to to have a career in the thoroughbred or sports horse industry, our specialist Bloodstock and Performance Horse Management course will teach you all you need to know about training, breeding, racecourse management and enterprise.

Course overview 

Industry experience is at the heart of this degree with a work placement in your second year, and visits to leading racing businesses in Newmarket and Ireland.
Our University graduates have secured high profile positions in the racing industry including organisations such as Godolphin, Juddmonte, The Jockey Club, Weatherbys and the National Trainers Federation and you could join them.
This specialist course compares science and business practices to those within the sports horse industry and equips you with the skills to step into the
professional world.

Work placement

You will complete a 20-week work placement in the second year of the course. Students have completed placements at prestigious companies such as Highclere Stud, France Galop, Arena Racing Company, Colin Tizzard Racing and the Event Rider Masters Limited. If you wish to undertake an extended period of work there is the option to pause your studies and complete a 12 or 18 month work placement.

Careers and enterprise 

Our graduates have gone on to pursue careers within companies worldwide and within the following roles:
  • Bloodstock agent
  • Stud manager
  • Nutritional advisor
  • Racecourse manager
  • Trainer
  • Equine journalist

93%* of our graduates are in employment or further study six months after leaving the RAU.

*2016/17 UK-based leavers studying a first degree, full time. Source: HESA

Isabelle Budge, BSc (Hons) International Equine and Agricultural Business Management graduate, 2014 - “From an early age, I knew I wanted a career in racing. The RAU stood out due to its course offering and networking opportunities with alumni and industry contacts. I gained a thorough knowledge of the global racing and bloodstock industry, as well as business management and breeding. The best element for me was the work placement. I now work at Newbury Racecourse and am responsible for multi-million-pound sponsorship deals – and the RAU helped me to achieve this.”​


Gain a solid grounding in all aspects of the horse racing industry through lectures, seminars, visiting speakers and field trips. Modules will be assessed through a range of methods including examinations, reports, business plans, case studies and presentations.
The Research Project is an integral part of the course and provides essential experience in both design and execution of a piece of research. You can choose to focus on either science or business and you could also see your Research Project featured in one of the many academic journals that regularly publish our students’ work.


Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and societies activities.


Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Each credit equates to 10 hours of total study time. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.

Full-time students normally take modules worth 60 credits per 15 week semester but this can vary depending on your elective choice. Part-time students taking proportionally fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for your degree is based on marks obtained for modules taken at level 5 and level 6 (weighted 30:70 accordingly)

The modules available for this course are as follows: 

Year one

Year two

Year three

PLUS choice of TWO electives selected from:

All the module sheets can be found here.

Disclaimer information

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Entry requirements 

Typical offers

  • A Level: CCC – min.96 UCAS Tariff points (to include at least two A Level passes – Desirable to have one science subject. For Science subject: Pass in practical element is not required.)
  • GCSE: (Minimum five GCSEs) - English and Mathematics (or Maths Numeracy for Welsh applicants) at Grade C / 4 or higher are required.
  • International Baccalaureate: 26 points, desirable to include one science or technology subject at higher level.
  • Access to HE: 45 credits at level 3, of which 15 must be awarded at Distinction (Pass at Literacy & Numeracy skills at level 2 are accepted in lieu of GCSE English & Mathematics)

Further information

Alternative entry routes are available for a range of other qualifications. Prior experience is also considered, subject to approval by the programme manager and admissions staff.

Read more general information about our entry requirements.

For any further help, please contact our admissions team:  


Tuition fees cover the cost of a student’s academic studies. This usually includes teaching costs, registration and examination fees (not repeat or trailing modules, re-sit fees or coursework resubmission).  Any costs associated with work placements will be the student's responsibility. There is an associated £575 cost in relation to module 3226 The Irish Bloodstock Industry (study tour), which is payable at the beginning of year three.

  • Re-sit examination or coursework re-submission fees are £5 per credit (for a typical 15 credit module, this will total £75).   

2019-20 Applicants

For the academic year 2019-20 the tuition fees for this course are: 

Full-time£9,250 per year£9,250 per year£10,000 per year

For part-time study, please contact for further information.

Please also refer to the funding your time at university page.

Tuition fees may be subject to an inflationary increase each year as set out in our Access and Participation Plan 2019/20.


The University offers a wide range of generous fee waivers and bursaries. To find out more about the these, please visit the bursaries, awards and scholarships page.

Ready to take the plunge? Apply now

Applications to study at the Royal Agricultural University must be made through the UCAS system. This applies to all undergraduate courses.

Applications need to be made by the UCAS deadline to ensure we are able to offer you a place on your first choice course.

If you would like to apply during UCAS Extra or Clearing, please check that we have places available.

Applicants wishing to study on a course on a part-time basis will need to apply directly to the RAU.

Please contact to discuss your requirements and obtain an application form.