Course: BTEC Level 3 in Equine Management

Department: Equine

Type: 16+

Duration: One or two years

The Course

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.

What You Study

  • 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.

Entry Requirements

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.

Georgia Pearson

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.”