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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 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:

  • A minimum of three GCSEs at grade D or above including English and/or Maths.

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.

Course Content

The course will cover:

  • 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 Maths and/or English if you have not attained these at GCSE grade C or above.

 

How will I be assessed?

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.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will be required to supply your own:

  • Correctly fitted and up to current safety standards riding hat
  • Correctly fitted and up to current safety standards riding gloves
  • Correctly fitted and up to current safety standard riding footwear
  • Correctly fitted and up to current safety standard body protector
  • Derby College uniform
  • Entrance fees to various establishments
  • Writing materials

Long hair is to be tied back and no nail varnish, jewellery, false eyelashes or false nails are to be worn.

What can I do after this course?

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.

 

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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