Access to Higher Education courses are designed to prepare students aged 19+ for a Foundation Degree programme. This course is for students with a passion for working with horses and develops the practical skills and knowledge needed to progress into higher education.
It allows students to carefully select specialist modules based on individual passion, to fully tailor their study programmes to suit their future progression or career aims.
- Introduction to business
- Higher Education study skills
- Organisations, people and products
- Land-based skills
- Introduction to science
- Science of life
- Research project
- Specialist Equine modules covering equine science and welfare, management and behaviour.
One year, usually three days per week in college.
On completion of this course students can progress to one of the Equine Foundation Degrees at the college.
Work in a wide range of exciting and diverse careers working with horses, including in stables and yards, at racetracks, shows, riding schools, in breeding and horse therapy and many more.
Lever arch file, dividers and hole punched lined paper, pencil case, pens and pencils. A laptop is desirable but not essential. USBs are not permitted. All work is stored using Microsoft OneDrive, free for Riseholme students.
- Dark coloured clothing, jodhpurs, waterproof coat (polo shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies can be purchased via our online shop)
- Yard boots or wellies.
- Grooming kit in a drawstring bag, hoof pick, dandy brush, rubber curry comb, body brush, mane and tail spray and shampoo
- Hat to current BETA standards
- Hairnet, dark coloured gloves and dark hat silk
- Laboratory coat.
Advanced Learner Loans are available to help students cover the tuition fees for this course. Visit our Further Education Financial Support page for more information.
Please note, if you are applying for your first Level 3 course (including Access to Higher Education) and you are aged between 19 and 23, then your course is free, so you don’t need a loan!
You will need GCSEs in Maths, English and Science at grade 4 or above or equivalent qualifications, as well as relevant industry experience.
City and Guilds Level 3 Technical Certificate in Equine Management
Having spent her career so far looking after people in the health sector, mature student Ria returned to education at Riseholme to retrain and purse her passion for helping animals.
She is combining her studies with her current job as a hospital nurse, so that she can eventually launch a new career as a vet nurse, working with horses.
Ria says she has benefitted from the supportive but challenging nature of the College, which is helping her achieve her aim.
“I’m a nurse working in a hospital but I wanted to retrain so that I can work as a vet nurse with horses,” she said. “I’ve always been around horses and loved horses, so I’m looking to change from humans to animals!
“I’d heard good things about the College after a couple of friends who came here recommended it to me. The teachers here are really good and I haven’t had any problems fitting in with the rest of the group, right from the start.
“It has been really enjoyable and I’ve enjoyed all the practical side of the course, in particular. It is a brilliant College – a really lovely place to be.”