Level 3 Qualification in Equine Management


Hadlow Campus

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This is a one or two year, full time course consisting of a range subjects that enable students to achieve a good foundation in equine studies preparing them for employment in various fields within the industry. The course offers students exceptional opportunity to gain hands on experience to develop their practical skills in horse husbandry and riding.

Year two builds on the essential skills and knowledge gained in year one with students progressing to develop higher level skills such as; yard management, working with breeding stock and organising events. Alongside the course students are trained towards their British Horse Society qualifications, and are supported to take exams from BHS Stage 1 through to BHS Stage 3 and BHS stage 2 teach.

This course is structured to include mandatory and optional units, allowing students to specialise, particularly in year 2.

The following titles are an example of some of the topics students can expect to study within the course:

Year 1

• Principles of health and safety
• Riding horses
• Equine feeding and nutrition
• Work experience in the equine sector
• Horse tack and equipment
• Equine health
• Stable and yard operations
• Biological systems of horses
• Preparation and presentation for competition disciplines
• Horse behaviour and welfare

Year 2

• The principles of equitation
• Riding horses on the flat
• Riding horses over fences
• Managing an equine event
• Working horses from the ground
• Equine business management
• Investigative research project
• The principles of horse fitness
• Introduction to the principles of young horse handling, training and backing
• Equine stud management
• Introduction to equestrian coaching
• Introduction to horse rehabilitation and therapy
• Fundamentals of Science

Duties: Morning, afternoon and weekend duties are a vital and obligatory part of this course.

Five weeks external work experience is built into the study programme, giving students an excellent opportunity to experience their chose area of the industry.

Students are assessed throughout the course using assignments, tests, practical observations and external assessments. Students are expected to relate theory to practice in all assessments.

On successful completion of this course, students may progress directly into the equine industry to begin roles such as; competition groom, yard assistant, assistant yard manager or junior instructor. Students have found employment in a wide range of equine establishments, including competition yards, riding schools, horse transport, veterinary practices and retail businesses. Students may also choose to apply for a Higher Education programme such as BSc (Hons) Equine Training and Management at Hadlow.

In addition to standard College equipment, students will need a BSI approved riding hat, riding boots, gloves, jodhpurs, plain navy blue jumper, sweatshirt and polo shirts, whip and a grooming kit.

If the riding option is selected, students may choose to wear a back/body protector.

In year 2 students will also need a shirt and tie, show/hacking jacket and a body protector is mandatory for cross country riding.
Advanced Learner Loan

    Hadlow Campus

    Greenwich Campus

  • 2 Years

    Full time

  • free for 16-18 year olds

  • 19+ FEES


  • Awarding body

    City & Guilds of London Institute

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of five GCSEs grades A*-C / 9-4 or equivalent (Level 2 Diploma), which must include GCSEs in English AND maths A*-C / 9-4 Grade. For those students who achieve four GCSEs A*-C/9-4, there is the option of a one year Diploma. Achievement of this at Merit or Distinction will allow progression onto the second year.

Students who wish to take the riding option will need at least 1 years’ experience of riding a horse and pass a riding assessment at the College, prior to starting the course in September.