This programme provides core training for anyone wishing to develop an active career that includes riding, teaching equine science and therapy, for example. Students will get practical applied experience for all units including riding, teaching and caring for horses, science behind rehabilitation and performance, dependent on units taken.
Individuals have the opportunity to tailor units to their area of interest. Students are also encouraged to take British Horse Society (BHS) exams and Young Equestrian Leaders Awards (YELA) alongside the main course (subject to fees).
A range of pathways are available, dependent on your qualifications.
- One-year Extended Certificate
- One-year Foundation Diploma
- Two-year Diploma
- Two-year Extended Diploma.
- Equine structure, form and function
- Equine diet and nutrition
- Equine behaviour
- Equine health and husbandry
- Horse tack, equipment and rugs
- Riding horses in the open
- Preparation and presentation for competition disciplines
- Work experience and employability skills
- English and Maths, as required.
One or two years, dependent on study route, with students in College for three days a week.
Students can further enhance their employability by studying one the College's Equine degree programmes.
Students are assessed through coursework, written and practical assessments.
Students work one weekend day per month alonside the equine commercial team on the College yard on rota, plus two hours per week on timetable. There is also a ten day placement of the student's choice during year one.
Successful graduates have secured positions of responsibility within the horse industry as yard supervisors and within therapy centres / rehabilitation establishments.
Application is through our online application form, by calling 0800 731 82 81 or by the Common Application Process (CAP).
Students will require sturdy footwear, a riding hat (Snell or PAS015 standard), gloves, dark coloured T-shirt, jumper, coat and a basic grooming kit for equine based practical sessions.
Students are required to provide their own laboratory coats, available via the College online shop, as well as to purchase core texts to support studies and to make small contributions (usually up to £25) to attend study visits on some modules.
Four GCSEs at grade C or 4 or equivalent, preferably including English and Maths, or a relevant BTEC Level 2 / First Diploma. Life experience will also be taken into account when considering applications from mature students. If the individual wants to do the riding units they will be asked to submit a video of their riding ability.
BTEC Level 3 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.”