This course provides core training for anyone wishing to develop an active career that includes riding, teaching equine science and therapy. Students gain practical applied experience for all units, including riding, teaching and caring for horses, science behind rehabilitation and performance.
You will have the opportunity to tailor units to your particular area of interest. Students are also encouraged to take British Horse Society (BHS) exams and Young Equestrian Leaders Awards (YELA) alongside the main course (subject to fees).
- Principles of health and safety
- Undertaking and reviewing work-related experience in the land-based Industries
- Undertaking stable yard operations
- Equine health
- Horse tack and equipment
- Biological systems of horses
- Equine feeding and nutrition
- Horse behaviour and welfare
- Riding horses to exercise (optional)
- English and Maths, as required.
One or two years, dependent on study route.
This study programme will take place over five days, of which one day will be an external work placement. Weekend days are also timetabled one weekend per month.
Students can progress on to the Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Equine Management.
You will be able to seek a supervisory or management position in a wide range of equine roles including national and international grooms, show jumping and eventing yard managers, and within the mounted police force.
Assessments for the above units will include a variety of techniques, including class tests, exams, written assessments and practical assessments.
The course can be achieved to a pass, merit, distinction or distinction * grade.
Four GCSEs at grade 4, including Maths, English and Science, preferably biology, or a relevant Level 2 / First Diploma. You will also require relevant practical experience.
For the riding option, you must also demonstrate a suitable level of riding. We also have a maximum weight limit of 13 stone.
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.”