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Level: 2

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

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.

Entry requirements

You will need a reasonable standard of educational attainment, to include two GCSE passes in academic subjects at grade D or above.  Equivalent qualifications may be accepted - 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 for those people taking the riding option.  There is, however, the possibility of a non-riding option which can be explored at interview.

You must have a minimum of a Merit grade to progress to an Advanced Diploma.

Course Content

You will study the following units:

  • Undertake work-related experience in the land-based industries
  • Carry out and understand the principles of feeding and watering horses
  • Undertake routine stable duties
  • Undertake horse handling
  • Fit and maintain horse tack and clothing
  • Introduction to riding horses on the flat
  • Understand the principles of horse biology

In addition to these units, you will study Functional Skills.

How will I be assessed?

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.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Correctly fitted hats, gloves and riding footwear - all up to current safety standards - are essential.  Body protectors are advisable.  You also need writing materials.

What can I do after this course?

You can progress to an Advanced Diploma or Certificate, to an apprenticeship or into employment.  However, you must have a minimum of a Merit grade to progress to an Advanced Diploma.

 

This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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Melissa Shanker

Melissa Shanker

Training to become an equine veterinary nurse

Melissa Shanker had always wanted to work with horses. Riding since she was nine years old, she even took part-time jobs at stables while she was at school. So studying Horse Management – together with various BHS qualifications – at Derby College was the ideal route to her dream career. After leaving College, Melissa always managed to find work with horses. She is now based at Pool House Equine Clinic in Lichfield where she has become their first-ever trainee veterinary nurse. She assists the vets with daily appointments and emergencies, helps with surgical procedures and is learning about how the laboratory is run.

Taking the course at Broomfield Hall gave me the qualifications I needed to pursue my chosen career as an equine veterinary nurse. It helped me develop
specific horse care knowledge which I wouldn’t have gained just through working at riding stables.

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