This course 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).
- Principles of health and safety
- Undertaking and reviewing work-related experience in the land-based Industries
- Undertaking stable yard operations
- Equine health
- Horse tack and equipment
- Biological systems of horses
- Equine feeding and nutrition
- Horse behaviour and welfare
- Riding horses to exercise (optional)
- English and Maths , as required.
One or two years, dependent on study route.
This study programme will take place over five days, of which one day will be an external work placement. Weekend days are also timetabled one weekend per month.
Students can progress on to the Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Equine Management.
Successful graduates have secured positions of responsibility within the horse industry as yard supervisors and within therapy centres / rehabilitation establishments.
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.
Assessments for the above units will include a variety of techniques, including class tests, exams, written assessments and practical assessments.
The course can be achieved to a pass, merit, distinction or distinction * grade.
Four GCSEs at grade 4, including Maths, English and Science, preferably biology, or a relevant Level 2 / First Diploma. You will also require relevant practical experience.
For the riding option, you must also demonstrate a suitable level of riding. We also have a maximum weight limit of 13 stone.
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.”