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).
- Equine health
- Equine nutrition
- Equine behaviour and welfare
- Horse tack, equipment and rugs
- Riding and exercising horses
- Competition grooming
- 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.
One or two years full-time, depending on study route.
Students can progress to the BSc (Hons) Equine Health and Nutrition at the College.
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.
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.
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.
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.”