Equine Courses at Derby College

Horses represent a major asset for their owners, so those who look after them should be highly skilled and dedicated. Jobs within the equine industry include roles such as equine groom, riding instructor, yard manager or farrier.

Is this you?

  • An interest in working with horses and, for some jobs, the ability to ride a horse
  • The ability to be calm and patient around horses
  • An enjoyment of practical tasks
  • A good level of physical fitness and stamina
  • An awareness of health and safety
  • A willingness to work long or anti-social hours including early mornings, evenings and weekends
  • A willingness to work outdoors

Getting into horse care

equine horse care

  • Full time at College Derby College offers a range of full-time courses in Horse Care and Horse Management.
  • Apprenticeships Intermediate and advanced apprenticeships in Horse Care or Horse Management are available through the College. An apprenticeship would give you the opportunity to gain practical experience of the equine industry alongside a recognised qualification.
  • Higher education Many jobs within the equine industry do not require a specific higher education qualification. However, there are university level honours degrees, foundation degrees or HNDs available in areas including Equine Science, Equine Sports Coaching, Equine Therapy, Farriery and Equine Business Management. On their own or with further qualifications, these could lead to roles such as a farrier, a stable yard manager, a lecturer or a horse trainer.
  • Jobs You can enter this sector with no qualifications through roles such as a stable hand or assistant groom, which usually provide on-the-job training and, in some cases, the opportunity to work towards relevant qualifications. Often, the emphasis for entry into employment is based on your skills, qualities and, importantly, any relevant experience you’ve had. You can gain this experience through taking a fulltime course or an apprenticeship in Horse Care or by undertaking voluntary work in the industry.

    For many jobs within the equine industry, you will be required to have, or be working towards, British Horse Society (BHS) qualifications. These are offered in areas such as Riding, Horse Knowledge and Horse Care.

Why choose Derby College?

  • We’re at the heart of the local equestrian community. Our highly regarded Equestrian Centre offers elite training, riding lessons, specialist courses, competitions and facilities hire.
  • Facilities at the Broomfield Hall campus include a fantastic 60m x 30m indoor school, 34 stables, an outdoor school, a horsewalker and a new cross country schooling field.
  • Our courses provide a fascinating mix of theory, practical tasks, work experience, yard duties, demonstrations, dressage shows, competitions and the chance to gain British Horse Society (BHS) qualifications.
  • Our first-rate teaching team has experience in everything from international eventing and dressage to equine business management. We offer expert clinics by professional riders, vets, physiotherapists and saddlers too.
  • Every day is different for our learners. You could go behind the scenes at major events such as Chatsworth Horse Trials, take part in inter-college competitions or help with fundraising campaigns for horse charities.

Many young people dream of working with horses every day. You can turn that dream into reality with determination, hard work and one of the high-quality Equine courses at Derby College.

 

Derby College Course Listings - Equine

 

PT Adult Riding Camp : Site Broomfield Hall

FT Advanced 90-Credit Diploma in Horse Management: Site Broomfield Hall

FT Advanced Apprenticeship in Horse Management : Site Broomfield Hall

FT Advanced Extended Diploma in Horse Management: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Advanced Improve Your Riding - Starting 12th January 2017: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Advanced Improve Your Riding - Starting 22nd September 2016 : Site Broomfield Hall

PT Advanced Improve Your Riding - Starting 24th September 2016: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Advanced Improve Your Riding - Starting 27th April 2017: Site Broomfield Hall

PT BHS Stage 1 Preparation - Starting 20th September 2016: Site Broomfield Hall

PT BHS Stage 1 Preparation - Starting 25th April 2017: Site Broomfield Hall

PT BHS Stage 2 Preparation : Site Broomfield Hall

PT Foundation Degree in Equine Studies (FDSc): Site Broomfield Hall

FT Intermediate Apprenticeship in Work-based Horse Care: Site Broomfield Hall

FT Intermediate Diploma in Horse Care: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Intermediate Improve Your Riding - Starting 11th January 2017: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Intermediate Improve Your Riding - Starting 12th January 2017: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Intermediate Improve Your Riding - Starting 21st September 2016: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Intermediate Improve Your Riding - Starting 22nd September 2016: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Intermediate Improve Your Riding - Starting 24th September 2016: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Intermediate Improve Your Riding - Starting 26th April 2017: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Intermediate Improve Your Riding - Starting 27th April 2017: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Intermediate Improve Your Riding - Starting 29th April 2017: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Intermediate Improve Your Riding - Starting 29th April 2017: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Intermediate Improve Your Riding - Starting 7th January 2017: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Intermediate Improve Your Riding - Starting 7th January 2017: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Introductory Improve Your Riding - Starting 11th January 2017: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Introductory Improve Your Riding - Starting 21st September 2016: Site Broomfield Hall

PT Introductory Improve Your Riding - Starting 26th April 2017: Site Broomfield Hall

FT Schools 14-16 - Level 2 in Horse Care (Equine Studies): Site Broomfield Hall

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You need English and maths skills to get on in life. They will support your studies at the College, help with everyday tasks and pave the way to future career success.

If you don’t already have a grade C or above in GCSE English and Maths – or equivalent qualifications – you will continue studying these subjects as part of your course at Derby College.

We’ll support you all the way: working with you on the right programme of development throughout your time with us.

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When you’ve completed your course, why not broaden your horizons further still at Derby College? Additional qualifications in subjects such as Animal Care, Agriculture and Conservation are exciting choices. Or check out our courses in Business, Enterprise and Management if you would like to set up a venture of your own.

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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.

Did you Know?

  • 165,000 people participate in horse riding in the East Midlands
  • With around 19,000 equestrian-related businesses in the UK, the horse sector employs 41,000 people
  • Derby College equestrian learners are current national inter-college champions 2015 and also won in 2013 and 2014
  • 720,000 people own horses in the UK
  • The industry is dominated by women – about 70% of total employment

Recent Vacancies

Groom
£10,000 per year starting salary
Looking after horses’ everyday needs

Trainee riding instructor
£12,000-£17,000 per year
Leading groups of all ages, abilities and experience

Yard manager
£20,000 per year.
Running a livery stable

Farrier
£30,000+ per year
A regulated profession making and fitting horse shoes

Site Information

Broomfield Hall

Courses in this area are run at our Broomfield Hall campus. About Broomfield Hall »

Useful Websites

www.lantra.co.uk
Sector skills council for the land-based and environmental sectors

www.bhs.org.uk/training-and-qualifcations
For information on a range of British Horse Society courses

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