HND Equine Studies candidate information

HND Equine Studies The HND Equine Studies is designed for people with experience at a supervisory level who aspire to work at management level. The HND will allow you to develop an extended range of personal, enabling and environmental competences, as well giving you an opportunity to pursue more specialist areas, if you wish.

You will develop a high standard of knowledge, understanding and practical ability, and be able to pursue specialist interests in equine studies 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.

The HND will extend the range of competences you covered in the HNC, and the depth of your understanding of core issues and problems encountered in the equine industry, allowing you to revisit them from a supervisory/managerial perspective. The HND will further develop your skills in planning and organising.

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

Having achieved the HND, you may be able to obtain advanced entry to a degree programme.

The units can also be taken as free-standing units to help with your Continuing Professional Development.


As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre. Examples of formal entry qualifications include:

  • HNC Equine Studies
  • Any two relevant Highers together with three Standard Grade) passes at grade 3.
  • An SVQ 3 in a relevant area.
  • A group of National Units covering a range of related topics at a suitable level.

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.