This two-year course is specifically designed to combine the development of your academic knowledge and understanding with relevant vocational skills and competencies.
Through active participation in the course, you will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of current equine scientific knowledge and its application to the practical environment. You will also develop an awareness of event management and marketing techniques, including social media strategies, in order to promote entrepreneurship and business growth.
This modular programme will be delivered through engaging lectures and practical studies in our laboratories and on-site equestrian centre and through work-based learning, equivalent to one day per week on placement. This will be enhanced through field trips (mandatory and voluntary) to enable you to apply theory to practice.
Your learning will be supported by our highly qualified teaching team who have a wealth of academic and professional experience in many specialist areas. Guest speakers will also ensure that you receive the most up-to-date professional experience and knowledge.
Delivered at the Derby College Group Broomfield Hall Campus, the programme includes 15 hours of taught material each week, with a minimum of 15 hours of expected self-study per week. The course offers both riding and non-riding options.
Upon completion, you will achieve a Foundation Degree from the University of Derby.
This course is regulated by the OfS and the qualification is awarded by the University of Derby.
All students benefit from access to the UDO online platform, the Derby College Group Learning Resources Centre, the University of Derby library, and the College’s Moodle pages.
The programme will run with a minimum of six students. In 2020-21 we enrolled 14 students on this programme.
All applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss their qualifications, experience and any other related issues.
You will have a riding assessment prior to commencement of the programme if you choose the riding option. It is desirable that you are riding to stage 2 equivalent or novice level and jumping up to and/or exceeding 75cm.
You should have one of the following:
All applicants should also meet minimum riding requirements:
Relevant and comprehensive industry experience will also be considered.
All applicants should also have at least four GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A*C) to include English, Maths and Science or should be willing to work towards these.
BHS qualifications would be advantageous but not essential.
We also welcome suitably experienced applicants who may lack institutional qualifications. All such applicants will be interviewed and may be set an appropriate piece of work upon which a judgement will be made, taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience.
You will need to be aged 18 or over at the beginning of the course.
All applicants are subject to approval from the University of Derby.
You will be assessed using a variety of methods including: assignments, practical work, reports, group presentations and poster presentations.
All assessment methods have been designed to focus on skills specific to the industry while incorporating key transferable skills.
You will need to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) for practical work at a cost of approximately £100. You will also need to contribute towards any industry-relevant trips and visits throughout both years of the course at approximately £150. These will be payable at the time of the planned trip or visit.
Optional costs include:
- BHS Gold Membership - £79/year
- BHS Stage 1 – (including Ride Safe)
- BHS Stage 2 – (including Stage 2 Teach)
- BHS Stage 3 – (including Stage 3 Teach)
Upon successful completion of this two-year programme, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to pursue a new career or advance an existing one in a wide variety of equestrian businesses, including self-employment.
The programme will provide excellent practical skills, enabling you to develop necessary industrial experience in a range of contexts.
The Foundation Degree also provides an ideal platform to top-up to a Level 6 (degree) programme specialising in a wide variety of subjects such as Equine Exercise and Physiology, and Training and Developing Horses.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Derby.
As a horse-loving teenager, Eloise Dobrzynski found her vocation thanks to the talent-spotting skills of one her Derby College lecturers. Eloise, now aged 23, “loved every minute” of her National Horse Diploma course at Broomfield Hall but was anxious about what came next. She runs her coaching business, often instructing nervous riders, and works for an agency which provides grooms for privately owned yards.
Eloise’s family have always owned horses and when she left school she wanted to work in the equine field in some capacity. She went to an event at Pride Park and saw Derby College’s stand. She was attracted by its horse display and was impressed by the course. The two year Diploma improved her riding, taught her about business, insurance, equine science and gave her the confidence that she “knew what she talking about.”
She also successfully took her BHS (British Horse Society) exams, stages 1and 2, which are all about riding and care and which were paid for by the college. After college she worked at various yards and self-funded her BHSAI (instructors’) exam before branching out on her own. But it was a college module, where students taught each other, which sowed the seeds of her career. For more on Eloise’s business go to her Facebook page, Kalies Coaching.
It came from an off the cuff comment by Stephanie Meadows, one of the tutors. We were doing a module where we were teaching each other and she said 'you should really think about getting more into instructing, because you've got a talent for it.' "Up until then, at 16 and 17, my mind was all over the place and I was a bit scared about leaving college – it was that which really focussed my mind. College gave me a good level of confidence – when I walked away, I felt I knew what I was talking about. "Now I want to keep going with my qualifications and carry on with what I'm doing. I love it.