Equine Courses at Derby College

Horses represent a major asset for their owners, so those who look after them should be highly skilled and dedicated. Jobs within the equine industry include roles such as equine groom, riding instructor, yard manager or farrier.

Is this you?

  • An interest in working with horses and, for some jobs, the ability to ride a horse
  • The ability to be calm and patient around horses
  • An enjoyment of practical tasks
  • A good level of physical fitness and stamina
  • An awareness of health and safety
  • A willingness to work long or anti-social hours including early mornings, evenings and weekends
  • A willingness to work outdoors

Getting into horse care

equine horse care

  • Full time at College Derby College offers a range of full-time courses in Horse Care and Horse Management.
  • Apprenticeships Intermediate and advanced apprenticeships in Horse Care or Horse Management are available through the College. An apprenticeship would give you the opportunity to gain practical experience of the equine industry alongside a recognised qualification.
  • Higher education Many jobs within the equine industry do not require a specific higher education qualification. However, there are university level honours degrees, foundation degrees or HNDs available in areas including Equine Science, Equine Sports Coaching, Equine Therapy, Farriery and Equine Business Management. On their own or with further qualifications, these could lead to roles such as a farrier, a stable yard manager, a lecturer or a horse trainer.

    We now offer an innovative Higher Education Programme at Derby College including a Foundation Degree in Equine Science Management and Training and BSc (Hons) Equine Science Management and Training. Find out more about our Higher Education Equine Courses.
  • Jobs You can enter this sector with no qualifications through roles such as a stable hand or assistant groom, which usually provide on-the-job training and, in some cases, the opportunity to work towards relevant qualifications. Often, the emphasis for entry into employment is based on your skills, qualities and, importantly, any relevant experience you’ve had. You can gain this experience through taking a fulltime course or an apprenticeship in Horse Care or by undertaking voluntary work in the industry.

    For many jobs within the equine industry, you will be required to have, or be working towards, British Horse Society (BHS) qualifications. These are offered in areas such as Riding, Horse Knowledge and Horse Care.

Why choose Derby College?

  • We’re at the heart of the local equestrian community. Our highly regarded Equestrian Centre offers elite training, riding lessons, specialist courses, competitions and facilities hire.
  • Facilities at the Broomfield Hall campus include a fantastic 60m x 30m indoor school, 34 stables, an outdoor school, a horsewalker and a new cross country schooling field.
  • Our courses provide a fascinating mix of theory, practical tasks, work experience, yard duties, demonstrations, dressage shows, competitions and the chance to gain British Horse Society (BHS) qualifications.
  • Our first-rate teaching team has experience in everything from international eventing and dressage to equine business management. We offer expert clinics by professional riders, vets, physiotherapists and saddlers too.
  • Every day is different for our Students. You could go behind the scenes at major events such as Chatsworth Horse Trials, take part in inter-college competitions or help with fundraising campaigns for horse charities.
We also have more information about the facilities at our Equestrian Centre Website.

Many young people dream of working with horses every day. You can turn that dream into reality with determination, hard work and one of the high-quality Equine courses at Derby College.


Derby College Course Listings - Equine


PT Adult Improve Your Riding - block of four lessons: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Adult Riding Camp: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Advanced Improve Your Riding: Site Broomfield Hall

FT BSc (Hons) Equine Science, Management and Training (Top Up) : Site Broomfield Hall

PT BSc (Hons) Equine Science, Management and Training (Top-up) Part Time: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Child Improve Your Riding: Site Broomfield Hall

PT FdSc Equine Science, Management and Training Year 2: Site Broomfield Hall

FT Foundation Degree Equine Science, Management and Training (FdSc) (Full-time: 15 hours per week): Site Broomfield Hall

PT Foundation Degree Equine Science, Management and Training (FdSc) (Part-time): Site Broomfield Hall

PT Improve Your Riding - Intermediate - Wednesday September 7pm : Site Broomfield Hall

PT Intermediate Improve Your Riding - Starting September: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Intermediate Improve Your Riding - Starting September 2021 - Saturdays: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Intermediate Improve Your Riding Thursday (11 weeks): Site Broomfield Hall

PT Introductory Improve Your Riding: Site Broomfield Hall

FT Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care: Site Broomfield Hall

FT Level 2 Equine Groom Apprenticeship Standard: Site Workplace

FT Level 3 Senior Equine Groom Apprenticeship - Standard: Site Workplace

PT Schools 14-16 - City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care (Equine Studies): Site Broomfield Hall

FT Technical Extended Diploma in Equine Management - Level 3: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Teenage Improve Your Riding - New Starters - September Tuesday - 6pm : Site Broomfield Hall

PT Teenage Improve Your Riding - Intermediate - Tuesday September 7pm: Site Broomfield Hall

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Maths and English

You need English and maths skills to get on in life. They will support your studies at the College, help with everyday tasks and pave the way to future career success.

If you don’t already have a grade 4 or above in GCSE English and Maths – or equivalent qualifications – you will continue studying these subjects as part of your course at Derby College.

We’ll support you all the way: working with you on the right programme of development throughout your time with us.

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When you’ve completed your course, why not broaden your horizons further still at Derby College? Additional qualifications in subjects such as Animal Care, Agriculture and Conservation are exciting choices. Or check out our courses in Business, Enterprise and Management if you would like to set up a venture of your own.

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Eloise Dobrzynski

Eloise Dobrzynski

Horse-loving Eloise rides high after “off the cuff” tutor inspiration

As a horse-loving teenager, Eloise Dobrzynski found her vocation thanks to the talent-spotting skills of one her Derby College lecturers. Eloise, now aged 23, “loved every minute” of her National Horse Diploma course at Broomfield Hall but was anxious about what came next. She runs her coaching business, often instructing nervous riders, and works for an agency which provides grooms for privately owned yards. Eloise’s family have always owned horses and when she left school she wanted to work in the equine field in some capacity. She went to an event at Pride Park and saw Derby College’s stand. She was attracted by its horse display and was impressed by the course. The two year Diploma improved her riding, taught her about business, insurance, equine science and gave her the confidence that she “knew what she talking about.” She also successfully took her BHS (British Horse Society) exams, stages 1and 2, which are all about riding and care and which were paid for by the college. After college she worked at various yards and self-funded her BHSAI (instructors’) exam before branching out on her own. But it was a college module, where students taught each other, which sowed the seeds of her career. For more on Eloise’s business go to her Facebook page, Kalies Coaching.

It came from an off the cuff comment by Stephanie Meadows, one of the tutors. We were doing a module where we were teaching each other and she said 'you should really think about getting more into instructing, because you've got a talent for it.' "Up until then, at 16 and 17, my mind was all over the place and I was a bit scared about leaving college – it was that which really focussed my mind. College gave me a good level of confidence – when I walked away, I felt I knew what I was talking about. "Now I want to keep going with my qualifications and carry on with what I'm doing. I love it.

Did you Know?

  • 165,000 people participate in horse riding in the East Midlands
  • With around 19,000 equestrian-related businesses in the UK, the horse sector employs 41,000 people
  • Derby College equestrian learners are current national inter-college champions 2015 and also won in 2013 and 2014
  • 720,000 people own horses in the UK
  • The industry is dominated by women – about 70% of total employment

Examples of recent vacancies locally

£10,000 per year starting salary
Looking after horses’ everyday needs

Trainee riding instructor
£12,000-£17,000 per year
Leading groups of all ages, abilities and experience

Yard manager
£20,000 per year.
Running a livery stable

Site Information

Broomfield Hall

Courses in this area are run at our Broomfield Hall campus. About Broomfield Hall »

Useful Websites

Sector skills council for the land-based and environmental sectors

For information on a range of British Horse Society courses

Accommodation for Learners

We offer residential accommodation at Broomfield Hall for DerbyCollege learners. Find Out More »

Maths & English

Find out how Maths and English can benefit you.


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