Are you ready to take your passion for the equine industry to the next level? With access to the best facilities in the area, links to local and national industry providers and blue-chip events such as the Badminton Horse Trials, an equine course at Lackham could transform your dream into your career. You’ll spend two days a week honing your riding skills in the arena at local equestrian centres and your learning at the yard will be reinforced by lessons with our experienced lecturers, whose industry links will help you find the perfect industry placement and make your ambitions reality.
What will I learn?
Whether you choose the riding or non-riding route, this two-year A-Level equivalent qualification will give you an excellent grounding in all aspects of Horse Management.
The riding pathway will help you build your confidence, with modules including riding horses on the flat and riding over fences, giving you a comprehensive experience. While at the yard, you’ll learn the practical skills needed for daily work in a variety of equine roles, including tacking, equipment, feeding, behaviour and grooming.
Your practical learning will be underpinned by detailed knowledge of anatomy, physiology and nutrition, giving you the key to take your studies further. You will gain knowledge and understanding on health, welfare, behaviour, nutrition, rehabilitation, fitness and Business studies, which will enable you to identify your niche within the industry.
Study, Assessment and Qualifications
The final qualification will be a City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Horse Management.
You will be assessed through written, practical and industry-based assessments.
An Industry Placement is a fundamental part of this course. An Industry Placement gives you the opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience for your future. You will be supported throughout your placement by our dedicated Work Placement Team.
• 4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English, maths and science (or equivalent).
• An interview, if required.
• You’ll have some experience of working with horses already.
Additional Costs and Information
Please be aware there is a weight limit of 14 stone for riding.
Trips and visits to shows and related events are an important aspect of the programme. You will be expected to pay for the cost of trips and additional enrichment activities via the online College shop. Practical clothing is available to purchase from the online shop, which must be worn during all practical sessions.
You will also need to purchase your own personal protective equipment such as hats, boots and body protectors.
What Could I Do Next?
This course will enable you to progress into entry-level roles in the industry. You could also progress onto degree-level study, such as an HNC/D in Animal Behaviour and Welfare at Wiltshire College & University Centre, or a specialist equine degree elsewhere.