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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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Ruth Orrell-Stokes

Ruth Orrell-Stokes

Horse management student Ruth returns to Broomfield as lecturer

Former horse management student Ruth Orrell-Stokes returned as a lecturer to Derby College Broomfield Hall because she knew it was a "nurturing and driven" campus. She said she never walked away from a lesson "without learning something new" and "an amazing" team had supported her.

Ruth found a three month work placement with horses in California between the first and second years of her Level 3 National Diploma in Horse Management. That meant taking some time out, but Ruth and her lecturers found a way to minimise the disruption. Having successfully completed the National Diploma, Ruth went into higher education elsewhere, gaining a range of qualifications including a Higher National Diploma, and a BSC in Equine Performance Management.

She was awarded a Federation of Animal Welfare award for her final year dissertation. While studying, staff spotted that she had a talent for teaching and she went on to gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. After a part-time teaching job and agency work, Ruth applied and returned to Derby College, Broomfield, lecturing on maternity cover.

She has now been appointed to the staff full-time in the post which one of her former lecturers – who has gone into higher education – used to hold.

I love it. The reason I came back is because I knew that when I was a student here, it was a nurturing and driven college that really pushed me.


It was an amazing team that supported me.


While I was here I was always stretched and challenged.


I'd come from a jumping background and it was Jon, my line manager now, who taught me for jumping.


There was never a lesson I walked away from that I hadn't learnt something new, from really delicate techniques to things which were out of the box. That was true across the board.


Despite having a lot of previous experience the level 3 course was really challenging but it opened up my eyes to opportunities in the industry.

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