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Level: 2

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 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 to 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. 

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
  • A minimum of two GCSEs at grade D/3 in English and Science
  • Level 1 Progressor 

Course Content

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
  • Biology
  • Riding Horses
  • Lungeing

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.)

How will I be assessed?

The course is continuously assessed using a range of methods both practical and theoretical: verbal discussions, demonstrations, 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.

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 Group uniform
  • Entrance fees to various establishments
  • Writing materials

You will have the option to take part in additional qualifications with Derby College Group 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.

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 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 progress within work to become a:

  • Discipline specific groom
  • Apprentice
  • Work rider
  • Travelling groom

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

With many transferable skills embedded throughout the course, it is possible for you 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 Group offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening Equine courses – please see the Derby College Group 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 Group Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.

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Georgia Brereton

Georgia Brereton

Broomfield Equine HE programme Leads To Dressage Coaching Career

Dressage coach and trainer Georgia Brereton knew she was always going to work with horses one day.
 
Now 23, she has been riding since the age of four and after leaving school, she enrolled at Derby College to train for a career in the equine industry.
 
After completing a level 3 diploma in Equine Management in 2015, Georgia progressed onto the degree programme in Equine Science, Management and Training at Broomfield Hall.
 
As well as gaining these qualifications, Georgia also learned about dressage which has been invaluable with her career choice.
 
Georgia is now a UKCC Accredited British Dressage Coach. She holds British Equestrian Federation coaching qualifications to level 2, and she will be starting her level 3 course next year.
 
As part of her job, she travels to stables around Derbyshire, teaching dressage to riders aged between 15 and 50 as well as riding horses for her clients.
 
Georgia said: "I would definitely recommend Broomfield. The facilities are brilliant and the lecturers are great.  They are so supportive with everything, not just the course content."
 
“One of the best things about the equine courses is the variety and the flexibility to learn within each module. I enjoyed all the modules but especially liked anatomy and physiology which were fascinating.”
 
Working with horses means Georgia’s day begins at 6.30am and doesn’t finish until early evening, but, she says, it’s worth it.
 
She added; “I get to ride so many different horses as well as my own lovely seven-year-old pony, Heaven. We started competing together in dressage events in the summer and he’s doing really well.”
 
 

I would definitely recommend Broomfield. The facilities are brilliant and the lecturers are great.  They are so supportive with everything, not just the course content.

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