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Level: 3

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 2

24+ Loan Amount: 11356.00****

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Course Summary

This course provides in-depth 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 relating to the industry of riding and caring for horses.


If you’re an outside person and find that practical learning suits you most, this will be the best course for you.


You will have the chance to progress through your BHS Stages 1 and 2, including Riding and Road Safety. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a range of enrichment activities such as clinics, workshops and trips.


Overall the course is 70% practical and 30% theory.

Entry requirements

You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in equine studies. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications. You will need:

  • A minimum of four GCSEs at grade C or above, which should include English and Maths, plus appropriate equestrian experience


  • An Intermediate (Level 2) Diploma in the chosen subject to a Pass grade or above, a recommendation from your tutor and evidence of a minimum of 95% attendance, good behaviour and strong work ethic

Other equivalent competence and attainment will be taken into account and your individual circumstances can be discussed at interview or at our information evenings.

Please be aware that there is a minimum riding requirement of Pony Club C Test, BHS Stage 1, NVQ Level 1 or the equivalent. However, if you do not meet this standard, we can offer a non-riding option.

If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in your chosen subject.

All applicants will be interviewed, will undertake an initial assessment in English and Maths and must present an example of current work.

To ensure the welfare of our horses, we operate a personal weight restriction of no more than 13 stone.


Course Content

The course will cover:

  • Principles of health and safety
  • Undertake and review work-related experience in the land-based industries
  • Undertake stable and yard operations
  • Equine health
  • Horse tack and equipment
  • Biological systems of horses
  • Prepare horses for presentation
  • Equine feeding and nutrition
  • Horse behaviour and welfare
  • Working and training horses from the ground
  • The principles of equitation
  • Contribute to managing an equine event
  • The principles of horse fitness
  • Business management in the land-based sector
  • Exercising horses
  • Riding horses on the flat
  • Riding horses over fences
  • Introduction to equestrian coaching
  • The principles of horse rehabilitation and therapy


How will I be assessed?

This course is continually assessed using a range of methods which are primarily practical: discussions, demonstrations 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 and knowledge such as pictures, videos, multiple choice questions, brainstorming, evaluations and goal/aim setting.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will be required to supply your own:

  • Correctly fitted and up to current safety standards riding hat
  • Correctly fitted and up to current safety standards riding gloves
  • Correctly fitted and up to current safety standards riding footwear
  • Correctly fitted and up to current safety standards body protector
  • Derby College uniform
  • Entrance fees to various establishments
  • Writing materials
  • BHS fees for membership and payment towards exams if you are taking the riding option

You will have the option to take part in additional qualifications with Derby College at your own expense, such as training, first aid, safeguarding and online courses.

Long hair is to be tied back and no nail varnish, jewellery, false eyelashes or false nails should be worn.

What can I do after this course?

You can progress to an Advanced Equine Diploma or Certificate (provided you pass this course at a Merit grade or higher), go on to do an apprenticeship or enter employment.


Derby College offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Equine Studies – please see the Derby College Equestrian website www.derby-college.co.uk/equestrian-centre.


We also offer a wide range of courses covering other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.


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Lauren Morley

Lauren Morley

Derby College jumpstarts Lauren’s equine career

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."

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