About us

Founded in 1988, The Open College of Equine Studies (TOCES) offers an exciting range of high quality equine distance learning courses to students from all over the world. TOCES hosts regular residential Study Weeks to supplement the theoretical work covered in the distance learning courses. However long you have been involved with horses, whether you wish to study for your own pleasure, to complete British Horse Society examinations or to gain a professional academic qualification, we have a course for you.

In addition to catering for the complete newcomer to horses, TOCES has proved to be innovative with the introduction of specialist diplomas and equine higher education distance learning programmes.

TOCES is situated in the heart of rural East Anglia between Newmarket and Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.  This location provides easy access to equine centres of excellence such as Rossdales Equine Hospital and The Animal Health Trust.  Study Weeks include visits to, lectures and practical sessions by veterinary and professional staff from these centres.

Printed and online course material is written and reviewed by a team of highly qualified experts, including specialist equine veterinary surgeons, and presented in an easy to read, distance learning format.  The calibre of course tutors is second to none; in addition to a wealth of equine industry experience, most of our tutors hold Honours Degrees, Masters Degrees and PhDs in equine subjects; some are world-renowned experts in their field.

The friendly team at TOCES is dedicated to providing you with the best levels of advice and support. Office and tutorial staff are available to assist you at all reasonable times via telephone and e-mail.

Whilst TOCES offers a greater range of courses, is highly professional and is associated with more world-renowned equine organisations than any other equine distance learning college, we are proud of our reputation of having a friendly and personal approach with our students.