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Equine Studies

Equine Studies

Equine Studies

Course Code: 5M3371

QQI Level 5

Course Details

Award Title QQI Level Status
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Course Outline

This academic year course aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills relating to the horse industry. We aim to provide professional education & training to enable the learner who loves horses to pursue a career in the horse industry or continue their studies at Third Level. This course has numerous unique features such as an extensive list of guest speakers drawn from a variety of equestrian disciplines; trips to local events and equine yards, sales and trips to the National Stud. Cross country trip, Jump Cross and hunting are part of the practical learning experiences. GCC has secured the support of both local and national horse industry personnel who will provide their help and expertise to students.

This course is suitable if you want to achieve academic qualifications before starting work in an area of the horse industry. SJI Bar training is provided as part of the course fee. The practical elements of the course are delivered in the Local A.I.R.E. Equestrian Centre. Students are placed in equestrian facilities two days every week in order to prove a blended approach to their learning and in order to fulfil the requirements of the Work Practice module. The remaining days, students access the college extensive academic staff and facilities to provide the theoretical elements of the course.

Many additional days are spent in professional equine facilities in conjunction with the Level 6 equine students to observe the needs and practices in yards. Some commitment is required from students on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year in order to fulfil work practice.


GCC Student Services Fee of €175 applies to all learners.
€200 Government Levy Fee applies to all learners except:

  • Those in receipt of Back to Education Allowance.
  • Medical Card Holders (valid at time of Registration).
  • Those in receipt of a SUSI Grant.
  • Those on a VTOS scheme.

An exam free of €50 for QQI Level 5 and €80 for QQI Level 6 applies to all learners except

  • Those in receipt of Back to Education Allowance.
  • Medical Card Holders (valid at time of Registration).

Non EU Students are subject to an International Fee.

We advise non-EU citizens living outside Ireland to contact the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service on www.inisgov.ie to ensure the course you are considering applying for is eligible for a student visa. Non-EU citizens living in Ireland are welcome to apply and require a PPS number (Personal Public Service Number). Non-EU citizens are required to pay a tuition fee set by the Irish government which is currently €3653. Some exemptions apply, for further information, please contact http://www.gretb.ie .

Work Experience

Work experience takes place throughout the academic year. Two days per week students gain practical and supervised experience working with horses and the industry professionals. Some parts of Half terms and Easter vaccination periods are spent on work placement. Yard placements alternate throughout the year to give experience in several disciplines.

Special Features

Entry Requirements

FETAC Level 4, minimum of 17 years of age at time of registration, Equivalent qualifications from other countries, relevant life experiences, relevant work experiences and mature students. Applicants need to demonstrate their horsemanship skills by giving evidence of membership of S.J.I., A.I.R.E., I.P.C, Eventing Ireland, Horse Racing Ireland, or extensive hunting experience. Material Costs of 600.00 applies to this course

Please Note

Galway Community College reserves the right to make changes to any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the college and a student or a third party.

Course Modules

This programme module aims to facilitate the learner to develop the academic, vocational & personal language, literacy and/or numeracy skills related to Communications. It will assist the learner in understanding the use of modern information and communications technology integrated with the role played by communications and relevant legislation in human interaction.
While on work placement in a professional yard and supported and supervised by the schools equine staff students develop their race horse riding skills in different paces on the gallops. Emphasis is placed on ensuring students gain extensive practice in gaining experience and knowledge to prepare a race horse for travel to a meet, lead at a race meeting and apply the necessary security and drug testing procedures.
While on work placement in a professional yard and supported and supervised by the schools equine staff students develop their riding skills on the flat and jumping grids and a course of fences. Emphasis is also placed on ensuring students gain extensive practice in gaining the skills necessary to assist the professional rider in setting up trotting poles, placing poles and grid work.
The essentials of working in the horse industry. Students learn the day to day routine skills of managing horses including an in depth study of feeding, grooming, tack , horse care and fitness development. The services of professionals working in the horse industry and experienced riders will be providing guest lectures and practical workshops in this module. Visits to a variety of professional yards have been secured to assist the learner gain as broad an understanding and appreciation of the wide variety of skills and methods used in the maintenance of professional yards.
This programme module aims to provide a Learner with the personal knowledge, skills and capacity to participate in a suitable work placement under supervision for a limited time. It will also facilitate the learner to develop an understanding of the world of work and employment, Including the rights and responsibilities of both employer and employee.
A hands on experience of learning the necessary skills such as lunging,long reining,loose schooling, mounting a young horse, psychology and behavior of young horses to facilitate the student to work in a professional yard or to commence work with young horses. Students develop their skills with a school master horse and also get the opportunity to observe and discuss professional horse trainers training young horses.

Progression Routes

Upon completing and obtaining a full award, students may progress to similar courses at Third Level Institute of Technologies.

- Level 6 Horsemanship GCC
- Business in Equinne (A.I.T. AL652)
- Agriculture (C.I.T. CR010)
- Agriculture (L.I.T. L4877)
- Management (G.M.I.T. GA777)
- Management (L.I.T. LC428)
- Business (G.M.I.T. GA172)

Career Opportunities

This course is proving a popular hunting ground from equine yards to source assistants. Most students gain employment during the year from their placement yards.

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