Delivered over two years, in years 10 and 11; this course provides a foundation of knowledge, skills and work experience to help you gain employment within the equine industry or to progress to the next level of study.
You should have a strong interest in caring for horses. You need a basic level of literacy and numeracy skills and the capability to organise the written information for your portfolio. This can be discussed at your interview.
To ensure the welfare of our horses, we operate a personal weight restriction of no more than 13 stone (82.5kg).
The course will cover:
The course is continuously assessed using a range of methods including written tests, projects and practicals. All coursework will be compiled to build a portfolio.
You will need to have correctly fitted hats, gloves and riding footwear - all up to current safety standardsl. Body protectors are advisable. You also need writing materials. This can all be discussed at interview.
Upon completion of the qualification and depending on the grades achieved, learners may wish to progress on to further study, such as:
Further study can lead to a variety of careers within the Equine industry,including groom, farrier, trainee riding instructor and yard manager.
Schoolgirl Emily Field had no idea her hobby could turn into a career until she went to a Derby College Open Evening.
Hailing from a family which is "not horsey at all ", Emily now has a string of equine qualifications at the age of just 22.
Emily was unsure what she wanted to do after her GCSEs. But as a keen rider – although she did not have her own horse at the time – the equine courses stood out.
Enthused by the open evening, she decided to pursue the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management, although she admits she was nervous.
She worried that she might be left behind because she was not from a "horsey" background and didn't own her own horse.
Instead, she thrived, and found the environment friendly and helpful.
Emily described the course as "very practical", which suited her style of learning, with most days spent on the yard. It also included more scientific areas such as equine feeding, digestion and sickness.
Emily completed her Diploma in 2013, with Passes and Merits and also took her industry qualifications BHS levels 1 and 2.
Overall, she said she "pretty much learned everything I needed to know" to put into practice as a groom when she left college.
Emily has now worked at two horse yards and is enjoying her latest job at a stud yard in Nottinghamshire. She has also gained her BHS levels 3 and 4 as well as a teaching qualification.
The Diploma was just so helpful. When I was leaving school I didn't even know you could get involved with horses as a full-time career and a proper job. It gave me a base to move upwards, I don't think I'd be able to be where I am now without it. I've been at the stud yard since September and it's entirely different to anything I've before, but I really enjoy it. I think my boss is happy with what I'm doing and I'm happy here.