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.
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.