Higher Education Short Courses / Higher National Units


Higher Education modules can be studied as a TOCES Short Course (SC) or BTEC Higher National Unit (HNU).  Both types of course provide access to the same high quality distance learning material.

This enables learners to complete a “taster module” prior to committing to a full higher education programme, or study a specific subject area that suits their interest or professional endeavours.

TOCES Higher Education Short Courses

Graded TOCES certificate on completion

This will be of value to prospective employers as well as to you personally as it reflects your commitment to study.

Study entirely from home

Fit study in around your current commitments and while you gain practical experience in the equine industry.

Study a subject you love

Expand your knowledge and study a specialised subject for personal interest or professional endeavours.

BTEC Higher National Units

Internationally recognised qualification

Awarded by BTEC, an internationally recognised awarding body

Move forward to higher education with confidence

Use as a “taster module” receive credit towards a full programme such as a BTEC Professional Diploma or Higher National Diploma within 5 years.

Get the best of both worlds through blended learning

Complete the all of or the majority of the course through distance learning. Some courses are supplemented by practical training and interactive lectures during study week days.


Higher Education Level 4 or 5

Equivalent level to the first or second year of a degree.

Study from home

Fit study in around your current commitments and while you gain practical experience in the equine industry.


Course duration 3 - 18 months

Work at your own pace within a generous course timeframe

Full course support

Our dedicated student support tutors are available to assist you throughout your studies. Keep in touch with fellow students too!

Course options

Level 4 Equine Anatomy and Physiology

Level 4 Equine Husbandry

Level 4 Equine Lameness and Rehabilitation

Level 4 Sward Management

Level 5 Equine Reproductive Physiology and Technology

Level 4 Equine Health Management

Level 4 Equine Exercise Physiology, Fitness and Training

Level 5 Equine Veterinary Nursing

Level 5 Behavioural Science

Level 5 Equine Therapeutics

Level 5 Equine Biomechanics

Level 5 Equine Nutrition

Level 5 Advances in Equine Nutrition

Level 5 Equine Sports Nutrition

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The Open College of Equine Studies
33 Pages Lane
Lower Green
Bury St Edmunds
IP28 6NJ

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The Open College of Equine Studies
Eldo House
Kempson Way
Bury St Edmunds
IP32 7AR
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