Diploma of Equine Management

Marcus Oldham College

Course details

CRICOS course code: 062230F

Level of study: Career Based/Vocational


The equine related industries provide some of the world’s most exciting and fulfilling experiences. Whether in breeding, racing, equestrian or interrelated activities, the opportunities are boundless. High quality skills, experience and a well-rounded education will open doors for graduates of Marcus Oldham’s Diploma of Equine Management.

Internationally recognised by major sectors of the horse industry, the Diploma of Equine Management aims to equip students with the practical husbandry and business skills necessary for a successful career in their chosen area. The intensive one-year Diploma of Equine Management is structured equally into three broad areas: practical and horse management skills, equine science and business management.

Developed in close consultation with industry, students are exposed to a diverse range of prominent leaders specialising in riding, training and management techniques, business philosophies, industry views, marketing strategies and administrative practices. To ensure students have obtained essential horse management skills, all students participate in horse handling and have the option to elect the riding stream.

Marcus Oldham lecturers are supported by a range of specialist guest lectures throughout the course. Equally important is the further opportunity and insight students obtain from outside the College grounds.

Course Structure

This one-year higher education Diploma of Equine Management consists of eight units. Each unit carries equal weighting and all eight units must be successfully completed to be awarded the Diploma.

Course Units

  • Human Resource & Information Management
  • Equine Business Systems 1
  • Equine Business Systems 2
  • Equine Science 1
  • Equine Science 2
  • Equine Husbandry & Management
  • Horse Industry Elective
  • Equine Business Management


Graduates of the Equine program at Marcus Oldham are generally well sought after and have enjoyed a great range of employment opportunities. Graduates have developed careers as handlers, overseers and managers in studs and broodmare farms. The course content at Marcus Oldham provides good theoretical and practical content dealing with whole of farm operations.

Graduates have developed careers as instructors and trainers in racing, equestrian, pre-conditioning, breaking and other operations. Some graduates have successfully started their own businesses in these areas and others have risen to senior positions within established operations. The Diploma of Equine Management provides the understanding of how to run successful equine businesses.

Graduates have developed careers in horse health, marketing, breed society administration, facility design and development and many other horse related industries. Success in these fields has been achieved by successfully utilising business management, horse handling, husbandry and industry knowledge skills learned at Marcus Oldham. Graduates have been successful in gaining high profile positions or starting their own businesses all over Australia and internationally.

Some graduates have gone on to further study elsewhere or taken an opportunity to articulate their qualification into either the Bachelor of Business (Agriculture) or Bachelor of Business (Agribusiness) at Marcus Oldham.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
Unit fee: 1,950 - 4,655 05 Sep 2022 1 year
Full time
Marcus Oldham College
145 Pigdons Road
Geelong Victoria 3216

Entry criteria

Marcus Oldham College maintains a flexible policy in relation to entrance criteria and judges each applicant on their individual merits. Ideally, applicants will:

  • Be 18 years of age by day one of the academic year - generally the beginning of February
  • Have successfully completed Year 12 or equivalent qualification - applicants that have not completed Year 12 or equivalent qualification will have to demonstrate significant post-secondary school experience (mature age applicants accepted on merit)
  • Have a strong desire to pursue a career in the equine industry

Students are required to bring their own horse to College (lease horses available for students) and paddock agistment will be provided.

Students will be required to have basic experience of horse handling and riding for the equestrian elective. The expectation is for students to readily immerse themselves in the wide range of opportunities available to them at the College.

International students are required to be reasonably proficient in written and spoken English, at least equivalent to an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 5.5 or a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 520 or equivalent English language skills.


Marcus Oldham College
145 Pigdons Road
Geelong Victoria 3216
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