Accredited by QQI Level 7


This Ordinary Bachelor Degree is offered jointly by Gurteen College and Athlone Institute of Technology, which confers the Degree.

It is a one-year add-on course designed for holders of the Higher Certificate in Business in Equine Studies or equivalent qualifications.



The course is based in Gurteen College, with one day per week at Athlone Institute of Technology

Students can be accommodated in Gurteen College or arrange lodgings locally.

Students may keep their own horses at the College (some conditions and charges apply).

Students are not required to bring horses, as the College can supply all horses needed.


Course Content:

International Marketing and Sales Management

Enterprise Development and Management

Managerial Finance

Equine Exercise Science

Equestrian Competiton

Principles of Teaching Equitation

Advanced Equine Health & Disease

Coaching for Equestrian Sports

Equine Yard & Event Management


Progression and Career Opportunities:

Honours Bachelors degrees (Level 8) in business and equine business

Yard and stud farm management

Riding centres

Competition yards

Equine tourism & leisure

Equine administration

Marketing of horses and equine-related products

Bloodstock transportation

Equine insurance

General business


Applications (course code AL 552):

Higher Certificate in Business in Equine Studies or equivalent required.

Application forms should be requested from, and returned by May each year to:

Admissions Office, Athlone Institute of Technology, Dublin Road, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.

Ph: 090 6424489 Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Late applications may be considered in certain circumstances.


Course costs 2016 - 17:

Gurteen College charges


  • Residential Student (including full board) €4,995 plus €500 Student facilities = €5495 total payable to Gurteen College.


Accomodation charges are based on 5 days a week. Long weekends and term holidays are not included. Students are asked to vacate their rooms during holidays.

  • Non-residential Student (including lunch) €1,125 plus €500 Student facilities = €1625 total payable to Gurteen College



Student Contribution fees payable to Athlone IT of €3,000.

If in receipt of SUSI grant then some or all of this fee may be covered by the grant.


GURTEEN PAYMENT SCHEDULE:                               Residential            Non-Residential             Non-Residential.No Meals.




On/before: 12th September 2016                                                €2795                          €1625                                     €500


On/before:   2nd December 2016                                                €2700


SUB-TOTAL                                                                               €5,495                         €1,625                                     €500

(Estimated) Athlone IT Fees                                                        €3,000                         €3,000                                  €3,000

 Total                                                                             €8,495                    €4,625                            €3,500




Horses and Stabling


A limited number of students will be allowed to stable their horses in our DIY-Yard at a cost of €50 per week in advance.  A refundable deposit of €100, plus €200 to cover the first four weeks livery, is payable on arrival.  Suitability of the horse for stabling will be at the discretion of the Principal of Gurteen College. As stabling is limited, please apply to Gurteen College for more information as soon as possible after acceptance of the course. Students with DIY horses will be on a separate week and weekend rota for DIY duty. Costa and conditions maybe subject to changes.


Further information:

Gurteen College

067 21282 Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it















































PAYMENT SCHEDULE: Residential - Single Non-Residential Non-Residential. No Meals.

With Application Form

On Acceptance of a Place

On/before: 19th August 2015

On/before: 7th September 2015 2700 1500 400

On/before: 9th December 2015 2600

TOTAL (as per Fee Breakdown) €5,300 €1,500 €400

(Estimated) Athlone IT Fees (2) €2,750 €2,750 €2,750