This four-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 offers both riding and non-riding options. It 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 eight hours of taught material each week with a minimum of eight hours of expected self-study per week. This programme will run with a minimum of six students. 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 OfS and the qualification is awarded by the University of Derby.
All students benefit from access to the UDO online platform, the Derby College 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 should have one of the following:
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.
All applicants should also meet minimum riding requirements:
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, which will cost approximately £150. These will be payable at the time of the planned trip or visit.
Optional costs include:
Upon successful completion of this four-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.
Dressage coach and trainer Georgia Brereton knew she was always going to work with horses one day.
Now 23, she has been riding since the age of four and after leaving school, she enrolled at Derby College to train for a career in the equine industry.
After completing a level 3 diploma in Equine Management in 2015, Georgia progressed onto the degree programme in Equine Science, Management and Training at Broomfield Hall.
As well as gaining these qualifications, Georgia also learned about dressage which has been invaluable with her career choice.
Georgia is now a UKCC Accredited British Dressage Coach. She holds British Equestrian Federation coaching qualifications to level 2, and she will be starting her level 3 course next year.
As part of her job, she travels to stables around Derbyshire, teaching dressage to riders aged between 15 and 50 as well as riding horses for her clients.
Georgia said: "I would definitely recommend Broomfield. The facilities are brilliant and the lecturers are great. They are so supportive with everything, not just the course content."
“One of the best things about the equine courses is the variety and the flexibility to learn within each module. I enjoyed all the modules but especially liked anatomy and physiology which were fascinating.”
Working with horses means Georgia’s day begins at 6.30am and doesn’t finish until early evening, but, she says, it’s worth it.
She added; “I get to ride so many different horses as well as my own lovely seven-year-old pony, Heaven. We started competing together in dressage events in the summer and he’s doing really well.”
I would definitely recommend Broomfield. The facilities are brilliant and the lecturers are great. They are so supportive with everything, not just the course content.