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Level: 1

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

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 will be the ideal course for you.

You will work through your GOLA Health and Safety Exam and the BHS Challenge Awards with the opportunity to complete your BHS Ride Safe Certificate on recommendation by your tutor. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to participate in a range of enrichment activities such as training, clinics, workshops and trips. 

Entry requirements

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
  • References
  • Attainment of any equine-related qualifications

Your individual circumstances will be discussed during an interview to assess your suitability for the course or at our Information Evenings.

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.

Course Content

The course will cover a selection of the following modules:

  • Work Experience
  • Health and Safety
  • BHS Ride Safe
  • BHS Training
  • BHS Challenge Awards
  • Horse tack and equipment
  • Prepare horses for presentation
  • Working and training horses from the ground
  • Exercising horses

You will also be expected to continue with English and Maths qualifications if you do not have a grade 4 in both. If you are 19+, this is not applicable.


 


 

How will I be assessed?

The course is continuously assessed using a range of methods primarily practical: verbal 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/knowledge (eg. pictures, videos, multiple choice questions, brain storming, evaluations, goal/aim setting). Overall the course is 70% practical and 30% theory. 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

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 with Derby College at your own expense such as trips, training, first aid, safeguarding and online courses.

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What can I do after this course?

You will be able to enter the industry by working on a yard, within a stud, or perhaps in 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 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
  • Apprentice

You may also wish to become self-employed and undertake roles such as freelance groom or riding.

With many transferable 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 which will allow you to develop your skills and experience further.

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.

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Mitch Gent

Mitch Gent

Broomfield Hall knowledge leads to entrepreneurial business

Knowledge gained whilst studying at Derby College Group’s Broomfield Hall is “100%” helping retailer Mitch Gent to grow his Nottinghamshire-based equine products business.
 
Mitch, who is 23 and from Pinxton, started the company, Manor Equestrian, with two friends while studying for his Level 3 qualification in Equine Management at Broomfield Hall.
 
A rider since his early teens, he enrolled on the Level 2 Horse Care course straight from school, then progressed to Level 3.
 
While still at college, Mitch started selling equine products on a local market stall.  With his business partners, he then went on to establish Manor Equestrian. Trading online and from an outlet near Eastwood, the business sells everything from tack and grooming products to riding hats and competition wear. It also has trade stands at county shows around the country and at big international equestrian events such as Burghley Horse Trials.
 
Mitch said he loved studying at Broomfield Hall college, where he got the chance to ride every day and received coaching from top professional riders. One of the highlights of his Level 3 course was a jumps clinic run by international show jumping coach Denis Flannelly.

The knowledge I gained while on my courses at  Broomfield Hall, has helped me, 100%. I’m often asked for horse care advice by customers and I’m able to help them, thanks to what I learned at Derby College. We find that people really value good advice.

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