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 mainly in a practical environment, with some theoretical elements relating to the industry of riding and caring for horses.
If you’re an outside person and find that practical learning suits you most, this will be the best course for you.
You will have the chance to progress through your BHS Stages 1 and 2, including Riding and Road Safety. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a range of enrichment activities such as clinics, workshops and trips.
Overall the course is 70% practical and 30% theory.
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:
Other equivalent competence and attainment will be taken into account and your individual circumstances can be discussed at interview or at our information evenings.
Please be aware that there is a minimum riding requirement of Pony Club C Test, BHS Stage 1, NVQ Level 1 or the equivalent. However, if you do not meet this standard, we can offer a non-riding option.
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.
The course will cover:
This course is continually assessed using a range of methods which are primarily practical: discussions, demonstrations and presentations. The theory element of the course will be assessed online.
You will be required to build a portfolio of evidence of your practical skills and knowledge such as pictures, videos, multiple choice questions, brainstorming, evaluations and goal/aim setting.
You will be required to supply your own:
You will have the option to take part in additional qualifications with Derby College at your own expense, such as training, first aid, safeguarding and online courses.
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You can progress to an Advanced Equine Diploma or Certificate (provided you pass this course at a Merit grade or higher), go on to do an apprenticeship or enter employment.
Derby College offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Equine Studies – please see the Derby College Equestrian website www.derby-college.co.uk/equestrian-centre.
We also offer a wide range of courses covering 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.