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Level: 3

Location: Workplace

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

An apprenticeship is made up of a 'framework' which incorporates a work-based Diploma together with a Technical Certificate, Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR), Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) and Functional Skills in Maths and English (unless you have achieved GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above in the past five years.)

The Technical Certificate is the British Horse Society Stage 3 Care. Derby College Group will pay for one entry per exam for the Care element only.

Entry requirements

You must be in employment, have completed a Level 2 Horse Care qualification and be committed to a career in the equine industry. You will undergo an initial assessment before starting the programme to ensure that you are capable of achieving the outcomes and have an interest in this area of work.

Course Content

You must complete seven core mandatory units and a further three additional units. You may then choose between a Riding or Coaching pathway to make up the total amount of credits required for the Diploma.

Mandatory units are:

  • Receive a horse and carry out initial assessment
  • Plan diets and feeding regimes
  • Monitor and maintain stocks of feed and bedding
  • Promote health and wellbeing
  • Deliver basic treatments to horses
  • Promote health, safety and security
  • Manage your own resources

Additional units are:

  • Tack up horses for specialist work
  • Clip horses
  • Exercise and improve a horse’s performance using lunging or long reining

Riding pathway units are:

  • Ride horses for exercise
  • Ride schooled horses to maintain training
  • Jump schooled horses to maintain training

Coaching pathway units:

  • Collect and analyse information and prepare for coaching sessions
  • Prepare for, conduct and evaluate equine coaching sessions

How will I be assessed?

Training is largely work-based with on-going practical assessments undertaken in your workplace. You will keep a portfolio of evidence of your practical ability and theoretical understanding. Assessment is through practical observation in the workplace and at College, written questions, witness statements and photographic or/and video evidence which can be used.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

College requirements are: steel toe-cap boots, correct standard riding hat, gloves, schooling and jumping whip and a body protector.

What can I do after this course?

Further study
You can progress to higher management qualifications or further industry qualifications.

Careers
You can advance your career in full-time employment in an equine yard in a management role such as Head Lad/Girl.

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Georgia Brereton

Georgia Brereton

Broomfield Equine HE programme Leads To Dressage Coaching Career

Dressage coach and trainer Georgia Brereton knew she was always going to work with horses one day.
 
Now 23, she has been riding since the age of four and after leaving school, she enrolled at Derby College to train for a career in the equine industry.
 
After completing a level 3 diploma in Equine Management in 2015, Georgia progressed onto the degree programme in Equine Science, Management and Training at Broomfield Hall.
 
As well as gaining these qualifications, Georgia also learned about dressage which has been invaluable with her career choice.
 
Georgia is now a UKCC Accredited British Dressage Coach. She holds British Equestrian Federation coaching qualifications to level 2, and she will be starting her level 3 course next year.
 
As part of her job, she travels to stables around Derbyshire, teaching dressage to riders aged between 15 and 50 as well as riding horses for her clients.
 
Georgia said: "I would definitely recommend Broomfield. The facilities are brilliant and the lecturers are great.  They are so supportive with everything, not just the course content."
 
“One of the best things about the equine courses is the variety and the flexibility to learn within each module. I enjoyed all the modules but especially liked anatomy and physiology which were fascinating.”
 
Working with horses means Georgia’s day begins at 6.30am and doesn’t finish until early evening, but, she says, it’s worth it.
 
She added; “I get to ride so many different horses as well as my own lovely seven-year-old pony, Heaven. We started competing together in dressage events in the summer and he’s doing really well.”
 
 

I would definitely recommend Broomfield. The facilities are brilliant and the lecturers are great.  They are so supportive with everything, not just the course content.

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