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.
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.
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:
Additional units are:
Riding pathway units are:
Coaching pathway units:
Training is largely work-based with ongoing 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.
College requirements are: steel toe-cap boots, correct standard riding hat, gloves, schooling and jumping whip, and a body protector.
You can progress to higher management qualifications or further industry qualifications.
You can advance your career in full-time employment in an equine yard in a management role such as Head Lad/Girl.
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.