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.
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.