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. There is a non-riding option for those people who do not ride.
You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in Equine Studies. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications. You will need:
If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in your chosen subject.
All applicants will be interviewed, will undertake an initial assessment in English and Maths and must present an example of current work.
To ensure the welfare of our horses, we operate a personal weight restriction of no more than 13 stone for those people taking the riding option. There is, however, the possibility of a non-riding option which can be explored at your interview.
The course will cover:
In addition to these units, you will study Maths and/or English if you have not attained these at GCSE grade C or above.
This course is continually assessed using a range of methods including written tests, projects and practicals. All coursework will be compiled to build a portfolio.
You will be required to supply your own:
Long hair is to be tied back and no nail varnish, jewellery, false eyelashes or false nails are to be worn.
You can progress to an Advanced Diploma or Certificate in Equine Studies (provided you pass this course at a Merit grade or higher), go on to do an apprenticeship or move into employment.
Derby College offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Equine – please see the Derby College Equestrian website www.derby-college.co.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.
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.