This course provides in-depth 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.
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
- Attainment of any equine-related qualifications
- GCSE/FS qualifications
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.
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
• Riding Horses
You will also be expected to continue with English and maths qualifications if you do not have a GCSE grade 4 in both subjects. (If you are 19+, this is not applicable.)
The course is continuously assessed using a range of methods in both practice and theory: verbal assessments, 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.
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.
You will be able to enter the industry by working on a yard, within a stud, or perhaps a business such as a store, feed merchant, tack shop or another organisation 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
• Work rider
• Travelling groom
You may also wish to become self-employed and undertake roles such as a freelance groom or rider.
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 courses relating to Equine – 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.
Former hotel manager Jo Wilkinson joined the hospitality sector after school and worked her way up to manager level. But by the age of 20, she realised that she hated the job, so she decided to look for something new.
Since childhood, Jo had enjoyed working with, and being around horses. An internet search found Derby College's Level 3 National Diploma in Horse Management. Still unsure of her future, Jo decided to enrol.
Now, seven years after leaving the hotel, and a string of qualifications later, she is enjoying life as a lecturer...teaching a new generation of students at Broomfield Hall.
She so impressed College staff with her studies and commitment that she has now found a new niche working with students.
Jo was the first Distinction* student on the course. She began working at Broomfield as a weekend "yardie," did further work in the week and then became a supervisor.
She said the Diploma exceeded her expectations, with the college also providing her with BHS industry qualifications. She was encouraged to gain further BHS qualifications, including her Level 3 in Teaching and Education, which enables her to work in the classroom.
Now Jo particularly enjoys practical work with her students with the horses in the yard, as well as researching new areas for the classroom.
The small team means that "everybody knows everybody" and students get all the support they need.
You're not just a number here. And seeing the place develop from when I was a student to how it was now – over seven years –we've got so many more facilities.
It's a nice environment. Students are pushed to achieve more than a minimum qualification. They get proper training and all the staff are highly qualified.