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Level: 2

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This course provides knowledge, skills and work experience to help you gain employment within the equine industry or to progress to the next level in your career.


You will be taught in both a practical and theoretical environment relating to the industry of riding and caring for horses. This course is ideal for someone looking to improve upon their basic equine skills and knowledge and to open up employment opportunities within the equine sector. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to participate in a range of enrichment through training, clinics, workshops and trips. 

 

Entry requirements

You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in the equine industry. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your:

  • Experience/work experience in the industry 
  • Career progression
  • References
  • Attainment of any equine-related qualifications
  • A minimum of two GCSEs at grade D/3 in English and Science.

Your individual circumstances will be discussed during an interview to assess your suitability for the course or at one of our Information Evenings.

There are three pathways available to suit a range of abilities and knowledge – Level 2 Certificate, Extended Certificate or Diploma, along with riding and non-riding options.

For the riding pathway, the minimum riding requirement is being able to walk, trot and canter confidently and in balance. Riders will be assessed at the start of the course and those not achieving this standard will be offered the non-riding option.

To ensure the welfare of our horses, we operate a personal weight restriction of no more than 13 stone.

Course Content

The course will cover a selection of the following modules:

  • Work Experience
  • Feeding and Watering
  • Routine Stable Duties
  • Horse Handling
  • Tack and Clothing
  • Health and Welfare
  • Grooming, Trimming and Plaiting
  • Biology
  • Riding Horses
  • Lungeing

You will also be expected to continue with English and Maths qualifications if you do not have a GCSE grade 4 in both. (If you are 19+, this is not applicable.)

How will I be assessed?

The course is continuously assessed using a range of methods both practical and theoretical: verbal discussions, demonstrations, written reports and presentations. You will be required to build a portfolio of evidence of your practical skills, knowledge and understanding. Each assessment will be internally marked and your completed portfolio will be awarded a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* grade.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will be required to supply your own:

  • Correctly fitted and up to current safety standard riding hat
  • Correctly fitted and up to current safety standard riding footwear
  • Correctly fitted and up to current safety standard body protector
  • Derby College uniform
  • Entrance fees to various establishments
  • Writing materials

You will have the option to take part in additional qualifications with Derby College at your own expense such as trips, training, first aid, safeguarding and online courses.

Long hair is to be tied back and no nail varnish, jewellery, false eyelashes or false nails are to be worn.

What can I do after this course?

You will be able to enter the industry by working on a yard, within a stud, or perhaps a business such as a store or feed merchant, tack shop or another company/business allied to the equine industry. As you will have gained industry-level skills and depth of knowledge over a wide range of units, you could progress within work to become a:

  • Discipline specific groom
  • Apprentice
  • Work rider
  • Travelling groom

You may also wish to become self-employed and undertake roles such as a freelance groom or riding. 

With many transferable skills embedded throughout the course, it is possible to switch vocation easily.

Additionally, you can progress within further education on either a higher Level 2 Diploma or a Level 3 Technical Qualification.

Derby College offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening Equine courses – please see the Derby College Equestrian website at www.derby-college.co.uk/equestrian-centre

We also offer courses covering a wide range of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.

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Gabrielle Madders

Gabrielle Madders

Dissertation in equine assisted learning achieves publication

Research by a talented Derby College Higher Education student could influence the way equine assisted learning is used to benefit adolescents with complex educational needs.  
 
Part of Gabrielle Madders’ dissertation found that usually non-verbal individuals began to communicate with their peers through their interactions with horses.  
 
The study was so academically valuable that it has appeared in the highly respected Advanced Journal of Undergraduate Research.  
 
Gabrielle, 24, came to DCG to study for her Equine Science Management and Training degree top up year, with a view to becoming a lecturer. She examined whether young people aged 16-23, with a range of conditions on the autistic spectrum, engaged better following interactive sessions, which saw horses being used as a learning intervention tool.  
 
While Gabrielle found no significant overall improvement, she did find that specific activities such as leading exercises and physical contact with the horses did have a positive impact. It's hoped that these findings will pave the way for future research on the topic.  
 
Lecturer Ruth Orrell-Stokes, a former DCG student herself, recognised the value of the study and supported Gabrielle in getting it published.  
 
Gabrielle, who grew up on a farm and has always, loved horses, said: “Achieving a first is something I am extremely proud of. I never thought at the start of the year that this academic success was possible, but through my time at Derby College I really learnt to have confidence in my ability, which I believe has allowed me to excel. I will be forever grateful for all the time they gave me, which has allowed me to take my next steps towards my career with confidence and drive”.  
 
Currently enjoying her job as a welfare helpline co-ordinator with the British Horse Society, Gabrielle intends to take a Masters next year and still plans to become a lecturer at some stage.

My lecturers were always supportive and they really pushed me to be the best that I could be.

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