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 to the course relating to the industry of riding and caring for horses. If you’re an outside person and find learning practically the best way, this will be an ideal course for you.
On the course, 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 opportunity to participate in a range of enrichment activities including 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:
- Level 1 Grooms Diploma Distinction grade
- Level 2 Technical Diploma in Horse Care
- Experience/work experience in the industry
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:
• Health and safety
• BHS Ride Safe
• BHS Training
• Preparing horses for competition
• Feeding horses
• Horse health
• Riding horses on the flat and over fences
The course is continuously assessed using a range of methods which are primarily practical, including discussions, demonstration 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 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 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, perhaps in a business such as a store, feed merchant or tack shop, or with 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:
You may also wish to become self-employed in 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 to the Level 3 Technical Diploma in Horse Care.
Derby College offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Equine – please see the Derby College Equestrian 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 Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.
Schoolgirl Emily Field had no idea her hobby could turn into a career until she went to a Derby College Open Evening.
Hailing from a family which is "not horsey at all ", Emily now has a string of equine qualifications at the age of just 22.
Emily was unsure what she wanted to do after her GCSEs. But as a keen rider – although she did not have her own horse at the time – the equine courses stood out.
Enthused by the open evening, she decided to pursue the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management, although she admits she was nervous.
She worried that she might be left behind because she was not from a "horsey" background and didn't own her own horse.
Instead, she thrived, and found the environment friendly and helpful.
Emily described the course as "very practical", which suited her style of learning, with most days spent on the yard. It also included more scientific areas such as equine feeding, digestion and sickness.
Emily completed her Diploma in 2013, with Passes and Merits and also took her industry qualifications BHS levels 1 and 2.
Overall, she said she "pretty much learned everything I needed to know" to put into practice as a groom when she left college.
Emily has now worked at two horse yards and is enjoying her latest job at a stud yard in Nottinghamshire. She has also gained her BHS levels 3 and 4 as well as a teaching qualification.
The Diploma was just so helpful. When I was leaving school I didn't even know you could get involved with horses as a full-time career and a proper job. It gave me a base to move upwards, I don't think I'd be able to be where I am now without it. I've been at the stud yard since September and it's entirely different to anything I've before, but I really enjoy it. I think my boss is happy with what I'm doing and I'm happy here.