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 will be the ideal course for you.
You will work through your GOLA Health and Safety Exam and the BHS Challenge Awards with the opportunity to complete your BHS Ride Safe Certificate on recommendation by your tutor. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to participate in a range of enrichment activities such as 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:
Attainment of any equine-related qualifications
Your individual circumstances will be discussed during an interview to assess your suitability for the course or at our Information Evenings.
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:
You will also be expected to continue with English and Maths qualifications if you do not have a grade 4 in both. If you are 19+, this is not applicable.
The course is continuously assessed using a range of methods primarily practical: verbal 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/knowledge (eg. pictures, videos, multiple choice questions, brain storming, evaluations, goal/aim setting). Overall the course is 70% practical and 30% theory.
You will be required to supply your own:
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.
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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 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:
You may also wish to become self-employed and undertake roles such as freelance groom or riding.
With many transferable 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 which will allow you to develop your skills and experience further.
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.
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.