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 theory and practice in a range of topics relating to the industry. On the course, you will have the chance to progress through BHS Stages 1 and 2, including the new BHS Ride Safe exam.
You will also participate in a range of enrichment activities, including training, clinics, workshops and trips.
We offer two pathways on this course: a riding option and a non-riding option, where the riding is replaced by other equine-related practical units.
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 qualifications. You will need:
Other equivalent competence and attainment will be taken into account and your individual circumstances can be discussed at interview or at our information evenings.
All applicants will be interviewed. You may be asked to undertake an initial assessment in English and maths and must present an example of current work.
For the riding pathway, the minimum riding requirement is being able to walk, trot and canter confidently and in balance and to be able to jump a small course of fences. 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.
To progress to Year 2 of this course, you will be required to obtain a Merit grade or above during the first year.
The course will cover:
This course is continually assessed using a range of methods including assignments, written reports, case studies, exams, practicals, professional discussions, demonstrations and presentations.
You will be required to adhere to strict deadlines and show good organisational skills.
You will be required to supply your own:
You will have the option to take part in additional qualifications with Derby College Group at your own expense, such as trips, training, first aid, safeguarding and online courses.
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You will be able to enter the industry by working on a yard, within a stud, or perhaps in a business such as a country store, feed merchant, tack shop or in another venture allied to the equine industry such as a welfare organisation or membership body. As you will have gained a breadth and depth of skills and knowledge over a very wide range of units, you could progress within work to become, among other roles, a:
You may also wish to become self-employed and undertake roles such as freelance grooming or breaking and training young horses.
With many transferable skills embedded throughout the course, it is possible to switch vocation easily.
Additionally, you can progress to equine or non-equine related higher education, such as the:
Derby College Group offers a range of horse-related weekend and evening courses – please see the Derby College Group Equestrian Centre website www.derby-college.co.uk/equestrian-centre.
We also offer courses in a wide range of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Group Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.
Knowledge gained whilst studying at Derby College Group’s Broomfield Hall is “100%” helping retailer Mitch Gent to grow his Nottinghamshire-based equine products business.
Mitch, who is 23 and from Pinxton, started the company, Manor Equestrian, with two friends while studying for his Level 3 qualification in Equine Management at Broomfield Hall.
A rider since his early teens, he enrolled on the Level 2 Horse Care course straight from school, then progressed to Level 3.
While still at college, Mitch started selling equine products on a local market stall. With his business partners, he then went on to establish Manor Equestrian. Trading online and from an outlet near Eastwood, the business sells everything from tack and grooming products to riding hats and competition wear. It also has trade stands at county shows around the country and at big international equestrian events such as Burghley Horse Trials.
Mitch said he loved studying at Broomfield Hall college, where he got the chance to ride every day and received coaching from top professional riders. One of the highlights of his Level 3 course was a jumps clinic run by international show jumping coach Denis Flannelly.
The knowledge I gained while on my courses at Broomfield Hall, has helped me, 100%. I’m often asked for horse care advice by customers and I’m able to help them, thanks to what I learned at Derby College. We find that people really value good advice.