The Course

This course provides core training for anyone wishing to develop an active career that includes riding, teaching, equine science and therapy, for example. Students gain practical applied experience for all units. 

You will have the opportunity to tailor units to your particular 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).

  • What You Study

    • 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. 
  • Entry Requirements

    Four GCSEs at grade 4 or equivalent, including English, Maths and Science (preferably Biology) or a relevant Level 2/First Diploma. You will also require relevant practical experience, including being able to demonstrate a suitable level of riding. We also have a maximum weight limit of 13 stone. 

  • Duration

    Two years full-time. Normally in college four days per week and one day in work placement.

  • Progression

    Following the completion of this course, students will be eligible to progress to study at degree-level and/or employment.

  • Careers

    Possible career paths include working as a competition rider, instructor, stud yard assistant, sales representative, lecturer or groom.

  • Equipment Required

    For your course, you will need:

    • Folder with dividers to organise your work and assignments
    • Stationery including notepad for use in class, pens and pencils
    • Riding hat and hairnets. Hats must be at current British Standards with logo (PASO15, VG1, ASTM F1163 or SNELL 2001). Hats solely with BSEN 1384 will not be accepted
    • Dark coloured riding gloves
    • Dark coloured jodhpurs
    • Dark coloured waterproof coat
    • College-branded polo shirts and sweatshirts
    • Yard boots or wellington boots (NB: Boots are not permitted within the classroom, so a change of footwear is required)
    • Grooming kit in draw string bag; hoof pick, dandy brush, rubber curry comb, body brush, mane and tail spray and shampoo will also be helpful.

    If you are planning to take riding on the flat or over fences as unit options, you will also need the following:

    • Body protector (BETA Level 3 009 with purple tag). Please note, these are not unless jumping. We do not permit Air Jackets in any sessions relating to your course
    • Dark coloured riding gloves
    • Long riding boots or short boots with gaiters (leather)
    • Schooling / jumping whip.
  • How To Apply

    Application is through our online application form or by the Common Application Process (CAP).

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