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With access to the best equine facilities in the area, links to local and national industry providers and blue-chip events such as the Badminton Horse Trials, an Equine course with us 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. While there, you’ll increase your confidence and skill in handling, grooming and tacking up horses during hands-on practical lessons, and gain daily industry experience performing routine yard duties. 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. Business and management modules tailored to the equine industry will expand your horizons and equip you to reach higher.
• 4 GCSEs at grade A*-C or including English, Maths and preferably Science or equivalent (or Merit or Distinction in a related subject at Level 2)
• Experience of working with horses.
Study, Assessment and Qualifications
City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Horse Management (1080).
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.
Assessment is through written, practical and industry-based assessments.
Additional Costs and Information
Riding restriction: please be aware there is a weight limit of 14stone.
All students wishing to ride will be weighed and have their height taken prior to the riding assessment along with other details such as riding experience to help us match rider and mount suitability.
Practical clothing is available to purchase from the College shop and must be worn during all practical sessions.
You will also need to purchase your own personal protective equipment such as hats, boots, body protectors etc.
Trips and visits to shows and other animal related events are important aspects of the programme allowing you to appreciate the diverse range of career opportunities and organisations within the sector.
You will be expected to pay for the cost of student trips and additional enrichment activities via the online College shop.
What Could I Do Next?
On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses
- Riding Instructor
- Equine Veterinary Technician
- Yard Manager
- Horse Trainer