Access to Higher Education courses are designed to prepare students aged 19+ for a Foundation Degree programme. This course is for students with a passion for working with horses and develops the practical skills and knowledge needed to progress into Higher Education.
It allows students to carefully select specialist modules based on individual passion, to fully tailor their study programmes to suit their future progression or career aims.
The course makes full use of the College’s facilities, including the Equestrian Centre.
- Introduction to business
- Higher Education study skills
- Organisations, people and products
- Land-based skills
- Introduction to science
- Science of life
- Research project
- Specialist Equine modules covering equine science and welfare, management and behaviour.
One year, usually three days per week in college.
On completion of this course students can progress to one of the Equine Foundation Degrees run at the College.
Students are assessed through coursework, written assignments and practical assessments.
Work in a wide range of exciting and diverse careers working with horses, including in stables and yards, at racetracks, shows, riding schools, in breeding and horse therapy and many more.
Lever arch file, dividers and hole punched lined paper, pencil case, pens and pencils. A laptop is desirable but not essential. USBs are not permitted. All work is stored using Microsoft OneDrive, free for Bishop Burton students.
- Dark coloured clothing, jodhpurs, waterproof coat (polo shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies can be purchased via our online shop)
- Yard boots or wellies.
- Grooming kit in a drawstring bag, hoof pick, dandy brush, rubber curry comb, body brush, mane and tail spray and shampoo
- Hat to current BETA standards
- Hairnet, dark coloured gloves and dark hat silk
- Laboratory coat.
Advanced Learner Loans are available to help students cover the Tuition Fees for this course. Visit our Further Education Financial Support page for more information.
Please note, if you are applying for your first level 3 course (including Access to Higher Education) and you are aged between 19 and 23, then your course is free, so you don’t need a loan!
You will need GCSEs in Maths, English and Science at grade 4 or above or equivalent qualifications, as well as relevant industry experience.
City and Guilds Level 3 Technical Certificate in Equine Management
“There is so much you can learn about the industry here and it equips you for whatever you want to do working with horses.”
Georgia has enjoyed her time at Bishop Burton so much after starting in January that she aims to return one day as an Equine lecturer herself.
She joined as a late starter at the turn of the year because she felt she was not fulfilling her potential with the A-Levels she was studying at another college.
She says it has proven to be an inspired decision.
“I was at a college near to where I live and I wasn’t getting on very well with the A-Levels I had chosen,” said Georgia.
“I’ve always loved horses since I was young so I decided to come to Bishop Burton.
“Everyone was really welcoming and I found I fitted in here really well. There is so much you can learn about the industry here and it equips you for whatever you want to do working with horses.
“The facilities are really good and the tutors are all so supportive. I’m now hoping to come back here as a lecturer in the future.”