HNC Equine Studies candidate information

HNC Equine Studies.The HNC Equine Studies will provide you with the knowledge and skills you will need to work in a professional manner at a supervisory level in the equine industry. The HNC covers nutrition, anatomy, horse health, stable management skills, and customer skills.

You will develop a high standard of knowledge, understanding and practical ability, and will be able to pursue specialist interests by carrying out in-depth study and investigation. You will develop cognitive skills that can be applied to practical work situations, and an understanding of the importance of Health and Safety in the industry.

Employment and progression opportunities

There are employment opportunities in a range of equine environments, including studs, stables, leisure organisations, competition centres, racing stables, driving yards, evening yards and riding for the disabled.

Holders of the HNC Equine Studies often progress to the HND Equine Studies.


You should have some experience of the sector or be able to demonstrate an interest in being involved in Equine Studies. As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre. Examples of formal entry qualifications include:

  • Any two relevant Highers, together with three Standard Grade passes at grade 3.
  • An SVQ 2 or 3 in a relevant area.
  • A group of National Units covering related topics at a suitable level, eg the NPA Rural Skills.

Evidence of relevant work experience (paid or voluntary) may be accepted for entry. This may be particularly suitable if you are a mature candidate, or are seeking career change. 

Different combinations of National Qualifications, vocational qualifications and equivalent qualifications form other awarding bodies may also be acceptable.