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Level: 3

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

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. 

Entry requirements

You will need four GCSE passes at grade C or above - which should include Science and English - plus appropriate equestrian experience. Alternatively, you should have at least a Merit grade on the Intermediate (Level 2) Diploma in Horse Care and a recommendation from the course team that Level 3 studies are suitable for you.  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. 

To progress to Year 2 of this course, you will be required to obtain a Pass grade or above during your first year. 

In order to ensure the welfare of our horses, we operate a personal weight restriction of no more than 13 stone.

Course Content

Mandatory units include:
  • Understand and promote animal health
  • Undertake and review work-related experience in the land-based industries
  • Select, fit and evaluate horse tack and equipment
  • Plan and monitor animal feeding
  • Prepare horses for presentation
  • Undertake stable and yard management
  • Understand the principles of animal biology
  • Understand animal anatomy and physiology
  • Understand the principles of horse behaviour and welfare
  • Understand and apply the principles of horse fitness
  • Prepare and provide care for competition horses
  • Understand the principles of horse rehabilitation and therapy
  • Riding and exercising horses
  • Understand the principles of animal nutrition
  • Riding horses on the flat
  • Riding horses over fences
  • Understand the principles of equitation
  • Undertake retail merchandising for the land-based sector
  • Undertake equestrian teaching

How will I be assessed?

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.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

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.

What can I do after this course?

This 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.   


This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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Lauren Morley

Lauren Morley

Derby College jumpstarts Lauren’s equine career

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."

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