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Overview

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/Advanced Diploma of Equine Business Management*.

Internationally recognised by major sectors of the horse industry, the Diploma of Equine Management/Advanced Diploma of Equine Business Management* aims to equip students with the practical husbandry and business skills necessary for a successful career in their chosen field. 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 lecturers throughout the course. Equally important is the further opportunity and insight students obtain from outside the College grounds. An exciting international study tour and an eleven-week industry training program are both a feature of the course and allow students to visit and work with prominent industry leaders and enterprises in both Australia and New Zealand.

This course is available to both Australian and international applicants.

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*96.6% of all Marcus Oldham graduates. Sourced from “Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching 2017-2019 Research Data 

* Subject to final approval by TEQSA.

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Here's some frequently asked questions
Practical/industry placements that range between two weeks and ten weeks for the various programs are usually without payment although some employers will make a nominal payment. Quite often these placements provide an opportunity for future employment.

There are no subject pre-requisites for entry into the Diploma of Equine Management. You are required to meet the entry requirements and be interviewed before an offer will be made.

If you’re unsure, click here to book a call to discuss entry into the Diploma of Equine Management.

Marcus Oldham College is spread across 500 acres on the outskirts of Geelong, near the Great Ocean Road and just one-hour from Melbourne.

For the Diploma of Equine Management course there are extensive facilities that include but are not limited to:

  • Private indoor arena with 24 hour access for students
  • Outdoor sand arena
  • Undercover round yard
  • Two stables
  • Hot and cold wash-bays
  • College float
  • Horse crushes
  • Large paddocks

You can view some of the facilities on our virtual tour by clicking here.

Yes! There a number of scholarships available. View them here.

Yes, however applicants that have not completed Year 12 or equivalent qualification will have to demonstrate significant post-secondary school experience during their application and interview.

We encourage you to speak with the course director by submitting an enquiry here.

Students from 2023 onwards are required to have 12 months employment experience between completing year 12 or equivalent and enrolling in the course

If you are in Year 12 currently and want to study in 2024, you can apply after you receive your year 12 results as long as you plan to have a year out in industry. Each applicant will be interviewed and their application assessed using a ranking scale based on a combination of academic results, work experience and the interview. A provisional offer may be made dependant on the successful completion of year 12, the submission of results and your plans for your year of industry experience.

If you would like to discuss entry into the Diploma of Equine Management or anything about the course, please book a call here.

You can apply for entry into the 2023 Diploma of Equine Management/Advanced Diploma of Equine Business Management now. Places are in the course are limited and those who apply after all the spots have been filled will be put on a wait list in the event a place opens up. We encourage students to apply as soon as possible if they intend to study so they do not miss out on a place in the course or the on-campus accommodation. You can apply online here.

Equine Management students are provided with paddock agistment with supplementary hay, for one horse. The additional costs associated with farriery, dentistry, veterinary and hard feed, are to be borne by the student. If a student cannot bring a horse, the College will lease a horse to the student for the year at a nominal rate. Equine students might also be able to seek reimbursement for some event entry costs by agreement with the course Director.

FEE-HELP is only available for tuition fees. The election as to what portion of the tuition fees a student wishes to place on FEE-HELP must be made prior to the Census Date for each period.

FEE-HELP is a Commonwealth government program available to Australian residents for any of the Marcus programs. There are a limited number of eligibility rules and you should refer to the government FEE-HELP website for current eligibility. Generally, FEE-HELP is not available to student visa holders.

Students should allow for their social costs, phone and computer or tablet devices, fuel for their car and membership of the student body. The amount of these costs will vary between students and how they conduct themselves. Being part of student life is one of the great features of coming to Marcus. Students should allow for some expenditure in this area.

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