Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 1 Year Level 3 Full-Time Kirkley Hall Campus Full-time Vocational
September 1 Year Level 3 Full-Time Kirkley Hall Campus Full-time Vocational

What’s it all about?

This qualification gives you the opportunity to learn about and build on the essentials of working with horses, such as stable yard operations, horse health care, feeding and nutrition and fitting and evaluating tack and equipment.

You will develop further practical skills such as working and exercising horses from the ground, horse presentation skills (grooming, clipping, trimming and plaiting) and you will also learn about horse biology and horse behaviour and welfare.

You will also gain the skills to be able to undertake event management and you will also gain knowledge and understanding about the principles of equitation. You will also gain an understanding of business skills which are important for progression into a wide and diverse range of employment opportunities.

You must have achieved the following qualifications to enrol onto this course:

- (360) Minimum of 4/5 appropriate GCSEs at grade 4 or above – one of which should be Maths or English

- (540) Minimum of 6/7 appropriate GCSE’s at grade 5 or above – including Maths and English and preferably science

- Or a full 360/540 Level 3 year 1 qualification to start the second year of study

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire The course fees are waived if you are aged between 16-18 or this is the first Level 3 course you are studying. If you are 19 and over there will be a cost to study the course. In addition to this, you may be required to pay for trips and visits on the course. Also, you will be required to purchase uniform and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when studying this course, however, this information will be provided at enrolment.

Progress is assessed by a range of methods which include practical assessments, observations, written assignments and tests. 1:1 progress reviews ensure that students remain motivated and continue to work to their full potential.

English and Maths are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your dream career. If you have not already achieved grade 9-4 in GCSE Maths and/ or English at school, we will support you to improve your skills.

As part of the course, you will take part in an external work experience placement. You will be required to complete 150 hours per year of placement in industry.

We have several links to the equine industry to ensure you gain an outstanding learning experience with us and are equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to progress to a career in industry. The course also provides interaction with a variety of local rural and equestrian enterprise and allied equine sector professionals.

You will study three days per week in college and will be expected to take some time outside of college to do homework, assignment work and extra research.

This course will take place Monday-Friday between 9am-5pm. Timetables will be issued at the start of term. The course runs for 3 days per week, with an additional day if you require Maths or English support.

The aim of the course is to develop skills and knowledge about equine management within the areas of feeding, biology, coaching, riding and much more!

This course will give you the knowledge and skills to progress onto a higher education or onto employment within the equine industry.

Compulsory topics include:

- Stable yard management skills
- Equine health checks, health status and health plans
- Fitting and evaluating of horse tack and equipment

Learners will also be able to choose additional optional topics, including:

- Feeding and nutrition
- Behaviour and welfare
- Fittening and exercising
- Competition grooming
- Riding and coaching
- Rehabilitation and therapy

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What’s next?

The Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate, Diploma and Extended Diplomas in Equine Management could lead to the following employment opportunities:

– Stable yard worker
– Exercising assistant
– Competition groom
– Event supervisor
– Retail saddlery assistant
– Apprentice saddle fitter
– Country store retail assistant
– Yard office manager
– Freelance groom/rider

Or you could continue onto higher education, studying a course such as:
– Equine Studies Foundation Degree
– BSc (Hons) Equine Science
– BSc (Hons) Equine Sports Performance

The list goes on!

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