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 mainly in a practical environment with some theoretical elements relating to the industry of riding and caring for horses.
If you’re an 'outside' person and find that learning practically is the best way for you, this course is the ideal choice.
You will work through your BHS Grooms and/or Riding pathway qualifications, with the opportunity to complete your BHS Ride Safe Certificate. Additionally, you will have the chance to participate in a range of enrichment activities including training, clinics, workshops and trips.
You need to be highly motivated and to demonstrate a keen interest in the equine industry. Offers of a place on this course are dependent on your:
Attainment of any equine-related qualifications
Your individual circumstances will be discussed during an interview or at our information evenings to assess your suitability for the course.
All applicants will be interviewed, will 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. 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:
• Health and safety
• BHS Ride Safe
• BHS Training
• Horse tack and equipment
• Prepare horses for presentation
• Working and training horses from the ground
• Exercising horses
The course is continuously assessed using a range of methods which are primarily practical, including discussions, demonstrations and presentations. The theory element of the course will be assessed online.
You will be required to build a portfolio of evidence of your practical skills and knowledge (eg pictures, videos, multiple choice questions, brainstorming, evaluations and goal/aim setting). Overall the course is 70% practical and 30% theory.
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
• BHS fees for membership and payment towards exams
• Writing materials
You will have the option to take part in additional qualifications and experiences with Derby College at your own expense such as trips, training, first aid, safeguarding and online courses.
Long hair should 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, perhaps in a business such as a store, feed merchant or tack shop, or any other 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 embark on an apprenticeship or progress within work to become a:
You may also wish to become self-employed and undertake roles such as freelance grooming or riding.
With many transferrable skills embedded throughout this course, it is possible to switch vocation easily.
Additionally, you can progress to the Level 2 Technical Diploma in Horse Care.
Derby College offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Equine studies - please see the Derby College Equestrian website www.derby-college.ac.uk/equestrian-centre
We also offer courses in a wide range of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.
As a horse-loving teenager, Eloise Dobrzynski found her vocation thanks to the talent-spotting skills of one her Derby College lecturers. Eloise, now aged 23, “loved every minute” of her National Horse Diploma course at Broomfield Hall but was anxious about what came next.
She runs her coaching business, often instructing nervous riders, and works for an agency which provides grooms for privately owned yards. Eloise’s family have always owned horses and when she left school she wanted to work in the equine field in some capacity.
She went to an event at Pride Park and saw Derby College’s stand. She was attracted by its horse display and was impressed by the course. The two year Diploma improved her riding, taught her about business, insurance, equine science and gave her the confidence that she “knew what she talking about.”
She also successfully took her BHS (British Horse Society) exams, stages 1and 2, which are all about riding and care and which were paid for by the college. After college she worked at various yards and self-funded her BHSAI (instructors’) exam before branching out on her own. But it was a college module, where students taught each other, which sowed the seeds of her career. For more on Eloise’s business go to her Facebook page, Kalies Coaching.
It came from an off the cuff comment by Stephanie Meadows, one of the tutors. We were doing a module where we were teaching each other and she said 'you should really think about getting more into instructing, because you've got a talent for it.' "Up until then, at 16 and 17, my mind was all over the place and I was a bit scared about leaving college – it was that which really focussed my mind. College gave me a good level of confidence – when I walked away, I felt I knew what I was talking about. "Now I want to keep going with my qualifications and carry on with what I'm doing. I love it.