Students with horses at East Durham College's Houghall campus


Saddle up with East Durham College's popular equine/horse care courses, taught at our stunning Houghall campus on the outskirts of Durham.

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Equine student at Houghall

Our horse care and management courses prepare you for a range of exciting careers in the equine industry. All courses offer a clear progression route, enabling you to gain further academic qualifications and ultimately improve your career opportunities.

Students will study a range of modules from equine science and health to animal handling and feeding. Preparation for the workplace is an important component of our equine courses, Work-related activities and work experience placements play a vital role in your education.


With East Durham College, you get some of the best equine facilities available anywhere in the North East. We've invested £2.5 million into our incredible Equine centre, giving our students everything they need during their equine course.

The stunning new Houghall Equine Centre boasts a 28-stable block accommodation, training workshops, tack room, automatic horse-walker and an international-standard 40m x 40m indoor arena to complement an existing 60m x 40m all-weather menage, cross-country trail, schooling field and 20-acre paddock. We really can offer all you would need to help you pursue a career in the equine industry.

The centre is approved by The British Horse Society.

Houghall Equine Centre Exterior.jpgThe equine centre, training facilities, paddock and x-country trail are available to hire and the college also offers full, working and grass livery services. For more details, please check out our livery services page or call the Equine Team on 0191 375 4738.

The Equine Industry

In the UK the equine industry is massive, with a turnover in the region of £1b per year. It encompasses many different sectors, from racing, driving and endurance to dressage, horse trials and show jumping. These are supported by a large ancillary industry which provides extensive career opportunities.

Students achieving a full level 3 programme have the opportunity to apply for university entrance to study on higher education courses such as equine science, equine behaviour, equine sports performance and coaching, equine business management and a range of other equine-related courses such as veterinary nursing or bioveterinary science.

Our learners progress into employment at riding schools, livery yards, competition yards, rescue centres and in tack shops. Opportunities in the UK and indeed overseas include veterinary practices, equine rehabilitation centres and working for equine-related charities.

Equine Study Programmes & Apprenticeship Criteria

To see our equine offer and entry criteria at a glance, please see the below document.

Equine Criteria Document

Animal Care Courses

The College also offer a range of Animal Care & Management courses and Veterinary Nursing qualifications.

As a highly respected institution within land based industries, courses at the Houghall Campus really will help your career grow. 

For general full time or part time course enquires please call Student Services on 0191 375 4710.

To see full details on each of our equine and horse care courses, run at the Houghall Campus in Durham, please click on any of the courses listed below.

Available full and part time course(s) listed below:

The full time courses listed below are for the academic year 2019/20, starting September 2019. For part-time courses please see the start date within the course page itself.

Employment Stats & Facts In This Sector

Infographic detailing key employment stats in animal care services, these details can be found in the career coach section of our website