Course: City and Guilds Level 3 Technical Diploma in Equine Management

Department: Equine

Type: 16+

Duration: One or two years

The Course

This course provides core training for anyone wishing to develop an active career that includes riding, teaching equine science and therapy, for example. 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). 

What You Study

  • Equine health
  • Equine nutrition
  • Equine behaviour and welfare
  • Horse tack, equipment and rugs
  • Riding and exercising horses
  • Competition grooming
  • Business
  • Work experience and employability skills
  • English and Maths, as required.


A range of pathways are available, dependent on your qualifications.

  • One-year Advanced Technical Certificate
  • One-year Advanced Technical Diploma
  • Two-year Advanced Technical Diploma.

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grade 4 or C or equivalent, preferably including Science, English and Maths, or a relevant BTEC Level 2 / First Diploma. Life experience will be taken into account when considering applications from mature students. If you want to do the riding units you will be asked to submit a video of your ability.

Ria Hammond

City and Guilds Level 3 Technical Diploma 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.