The Course

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.

  • What You Study

    • Introduction to business
    • Higher Education study skills
    • Organisations, people and products
    • Land-based skills
    • Introduction to science
    • Science of life
    • Bioscience
    • Chemistry
    • Research project
    • Specialist Equine modules covering equine science and welfare, management and behaviour.
  • Entry Requirements

    You will need GCSEs in Maths, English and Science at grade 4 or above or equivalent qualifications, as well as relevant industry experience. You can study English/Maths alongside your course if you don't have these grades.

  • Duration

    One year, usually three days per week in college.

  • How You're Assessed

    Students are assessed through coursework, written assignments and practical assessments.

  • Progression

    On completion of this course students can progress to study at degree-level.

  • Careers

    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.

  • Equipment Required


    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.

    Practical sessions:

    • 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.
  • Financial Support

    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!‚Äč

  • How To Apply

    Application is via our online application form.

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