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 in both a practical and theoretical environment relating to the industry of riding and caring for horses. This course is ideal for someone looking to improve upon their basic equine skills and knowledge and open up employment opportunities within the equine sector. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to participate in a range of enrichment through 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:
- Experience/Work Experience in the industry
- Career progression
- Attainment of any equine-related qualifications
- A minimum of 2 GCSEs at grade D/3 in English and Science.
Your individual circumstances will be discussed during an interview to assess your suitability for the course or at one of our Information Evenings.
There are three pathways available to suit a range of abilities and knowledge – Level 2 Certificate, Extended Certificate or Diploma, along with riding and non-riding options.
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:
• Work Experience
• Feeding and Watering
• Routine Stable Duties
• Horse Handling
• Tack and Clothing
• Health and Welfare
• Grooming, Trimming and Plaiting
• Riding Horses
You will also be expected to continue with English and Maths qualifications if you do not have a GCSE grade 4 in both. (If you are 19+, this is not applicable.)
The course is continuously assessed using a range of methods in both practical and theoretical; verbally, discussions, demonstration, written reports and presentations. You will be required to build a portfolio of evidence of your practical skills, knowledge and understanding. Each assessment will be internally marked and your completed portfolio will be awarded a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* grade.
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
• 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, or perhaps 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 an industry-level skills and depth of knowledge over a wide range of units, you could progress within work to become a:
• Discipline specific groom
• Work rider
• Travelling groom
You may also wish to become self-employed and undertake roles such as a freelance groom or riding.
With many transferable skills embedded throughout the course, it is possible to switch vocation easily.
Additionally, you can progress within further education on either a higher Level 2 Diploma or a Level 3 Technical Qualification.
Derby College offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Equine – please see the Derby College Equestrian website at www.derby-college.co.uk/equestrian-centre
We also offer courses covering a wide range of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.
A former Derby College student is now supervisor at the horse yard where she first honed her equine management skills. Lauren Morley, 26, attended Broomfield College as a teenager and now also lecturers a new generation of students. Lauren now hopes to use her skills in the future to set up her own show jumping yard. Her career is underpinned by her two year BTEC National Diploma in Horse Management (level 3).
"The course gave me a good understanding of yard management and equine health and there was always support available if you needed it. It was also very practical, which I liked."