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.
- Horse care
- Land-based skills
- Study skills
- Research project
- Specialist Equine units.
One year. Students are in College for approximately 15 hours per week, timetabled over three days.
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.
Students will require sturdy footwear, a riding hat (Snell or PAS015 standard), gloves, dark coloured T-shirt, jumper, coat and basic grooming kit for equine based practical sessions.
Students are required to provide their own laboratory coats, available via the College online shop, and will be required to make a small contribution (usually up to £25) to attend study visits on some modules.
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!
Students should be able to demonstrate sufficient literacy and numeracy skills to cope with the requirements of the course, including the written components. Life experience will be taken into account for all applicants.
BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care
Alice works in a yard at weekends to gain more experience in the industry. She is also a member of a local pony club and competes in cross country, show jumping and dressage competitions.
Q: What do you like about Bishop Burton College?
A: All the staff and pupils are really helpful and friendly. I also like it that there is a variety of horses available to ride and handle at the College.
Q: What is the best thing about your course?
A: The best thing about the course is that we get lots of hands-on working with all the horses and get to learn all about them.
Q: What are your hopes for the future?
A: I am going to progress onto the Level 3 course at the College and then hope to have a career as an instructor.