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 relating to the industry of riding and caring for horses.
If you’re an 'outside' person and find that learning practically is the best way for you, this course is the ideal choice.
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 chance to participate in a range of enrichment activities including training, clinics, workshops and trips.
You need to be highly motivated and to demonstrate a keen interest in the equine industry. Offers of a place on this course are dependent on your:
Attainment of any equine-related qualifications
Your individual circumstances will be discussed during an interview or at our information evenings to assess your suitability for the course.
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
• Horse tack and equipment
• Prepare horses for presentation
• Working and training horses from the ground
• Exercising horses
The course is continuously assessed using a range of methods which are primarily practical, including 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 (eg pictures, videos, multiple choice questions, brainstorming, 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 and experiences with Derby College at your own expense such as trips, training, first aid, safeguarding and online courses.
Long hair should 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 any other 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 embark on an apprenticeship or progress within work to become a:
You may also wish to become self-employed and undertake roles such as freelance grooming or riding.
With many transferrable skills embedded throughout this course, it is possible to switch vocation easily.
Additionally, you can progress to the Level 2 Technical Diploma in Horse Care.
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.ac.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.