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:
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:
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, 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 horse management student Ruth Orrell-Stokes returned as a lecturer to Derby College Broomfield Hall because she knew it was a "nurturing and driven" campus. She said she never walked away from a lesson "without learning something new" and "an amazing" team had supported her.
Ruth found a three month work placement with horses in California between the first and second years of her Level 3 National Diploma in Horse Management. That meant taking some time out, but Ruth and her lecturers found a way to minimise the disruption. Having successfully completed the National Diploma, Ruth went into higher education elsewhere, gaining a range of qualifications including a Higher National Diploma, and a BSC in Equine Performance Management.
She was awarded a Federation of Animal Welfare award for her final year dissertation. While studying, staff spotted that she had a talent for teaching and she went on to gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. After a part-time teaching job and agency work, Ruth applied and returned to Derby College, Broomfield, lecturing on maternity cover.
She has now been appointed to the staff full-time in the post which one of her former lecturers – who has gone into higher education – used to hold.
I love it. The reason I came back is because I knew that when I was a student here, it was a nurturing and driven college that really pushed me.
It was an amazing team that supported me.
While I was here I was always stretched and challenged.
I'd come from a jumping background and it was Jon, my line manager now, who taught me for jumping.
There was never a lesson I walked away from that I hadn't learnt something new, from really delicate techniques to things which were out of the box. That was true across the board.
Despite having a lot of previous experience the level 3 course was really challenging but it opened up my eyes to opportunities in the industry.