This course provides in-depth knowledge, skills and work experience to help you gain employment within the equine industry or to progress to the next level in your career. You will be taught theory and practice in a range of topics relating to the industry of riding and caring for horses.
To progress to Year 2 of this course, you will be required to obtain a Merit grade or above during your first year.
The course is continuously assessed using a range of methods including written tests, projects and practicals. All this work will be compiled together to build a portfolio.
Correctly fitted hats which meet current safety standards, gloves, riding footwear and body protectors are essential. You will also be required to supply your own stationery.
The course can lead to a foundation or honours degree within higher education, an apprenticeship at Level 2 or 3, or directly to employment.
Some examples of the many job roles available include assistant manager at a large equestrian yard, a sole charge manager at a small private yard, competition groom, instructor, horse physiotherapist, horse behaviourist, event organiser, veterinary nurse, horse welfare specialist, farrier and horse dentist.
A former Derby College student is now supervisor at the horse yard where she first honed her equine management skills. Lauren Morley, 26, attended Broomfield College as a teenager and now also lecturers a new generation of students. Lauren now hopes to use her skills in the future to set up her own show jumping yard. Her career is underpinned by her two year BTEC National Diploma in Horse Management (level 3).
"The course gave me a good understanding of yard management and equine health and there was always support available if you needed it. It was also very practical, which I liked."