Equine Sport Level 3 Extended Diploma

Level3 Equine Science and Business Management

Formerly known as Level 3 Equine Management

Course Details

  • Department

  • Qualification

    Level 3
  • Course Type

    Full Time
  • Length

    2 Years
  • Location(s)


Course at a glance

Gain detailed academic knowledge of horse management with this course, which is a route into higher equine education or operational employment in the industry. It equips students with a comprehensive understanding of equitation and the science, eventing and business operations involved.

Entry Requirements


at grade 4 (old GCSE grade C) or above, to include 2 from English, Maths or Science with at least a grade 3 (old GCSE grade D) in the remaining subject. Alternatively a suitable Level 2 vocational qualification (Merit or above) with English, Maths and Science at Level 2.

Cost for students aged Under 19


for students over the age of 19 please contact us


Key Information

Generic areas of study:

  • Equine feeding and Nutrition
  • Stable Yard operations
  • Horse tack and equipment
  • Preparing horses for presentation
  • Equine health
  • Horse behaviour and welfare
  • Biological systems of horses
  • Work related experience
  • English and maths where applicable


Practical Equine Management Pathway

This pathway provides an excellent study route for students looking to pursue a practical focused career within the equestrian industry. Students undertake a comprehensive study programme in a variety of practical and theory-based topics, working to develop essential industry skills required by employers. Riding is available as enrichment on the Practical Equine Management pathway but is not assessed.

Students will also study:

The principles of competition grooming in addition to the generic modules as noted.

Your work is assessed continually throughout the programme, this could be through practical work as well as written assignments. You also complete an end of year synoptic assessment and undertake examinations at set points in the academic year.


Why choose us?

  • Excellent indoor and outdoor facilities
  • Support of outstanding staff
  • Ability to undertake BHS training and exams
  • Horses to suit differing riding abilities
  • Opportunity to keep your horse at college while you study
  • Opportunity to participate in the collegeโ€™s BE event
  • Trips and projects in the UK and abroad
  • Participation in demonstrations and guest lecturers from industry professional


4 GCSEs at grade 4 (old GCSE grade C) or above, to include 2 from English, Maths or Science with at least a grade 3 (old GCSE grade D) in the remaining subject.

Alternatively a suitable Level 2 vocational qualification (Merit or above) with English, Maths and Science at Level 2.

Please note: for rider safety and welfare reasons, the College has a maximum weight limit for riders of 13 ยฝ stone

Higher education qualifications such as Foundation Degrees in Equine Event Management or Equine Sports Management and, if you’re successful, then on to a top up BSc Hons Degree.

Progression into employment either directly from completion of your course or following a successful apprenticeship.

Progression and Development Sessions

All students enrolled on a Level 2 or Level 3 course will be required to attend Progression and Development sessions every week. These sessions will cover a wide range of topics from careers and employability, British Values and equality and diversity to essential life skills such as mental health and wellbeing, drugs and alcohol and personal safety.

Students will gain work-related experience on the College Equestrian Yard and undertake yard duties on a rota based system as part of the study programme. Students will be expected to work on set mornings/evenings dependent on their timetable plus weekend yard duties. For example, you may work Friday evening through to the following Friday morning to include the weekend, once every three weeks. This aspect of work experience includes early morning and afternoon duties, 7.15am โ€“ 8.30am and 4.30pm โ€“ 5.30pm and weekend duties (Saturday and Sunday 8am โ€“ 4.30pm).ย  prior to students commencing work experience.


Students will also be expected to gain meaningful external work experience as part of the study programme. Students are to complete a minimum of 150 hours in their first year and 315 hours in their second year of study. (Some students may opt to complete the 315 hours in their first year, this will be discussed during induction)

So that you are as prepared as you can be for your course, here are a few reminders about PPE (personal protective equipment) you will need:


Riding hat- to current BHS (2018) and BETA guide safety standards


Gloves – dark coloured, to be be worn whilst leading and riding

Long riding/Jodhpur boots – must be clean, chaps must be black or brown colour

Tops- Askham Bryan College tops where possible, alternatively, dark coloured sweatshirts, polo shirt and coats. No hooded tops.

Body protector – to current BHS (2018) and BETA guide safety standards

A normal range of stationery and USB stick are required for theory sessions.


  • York Campus

    York is the College's residential campus and is located just four miles from York city centre. At York we offer a full range of subject areas and levels including Apprenticeships, Level 1-3 Diplomas, Foundation, Top Up and BSc Honours Degrees.

    Photo of animal management building
  • Middlesbrough Campus

    The teaching facilities are set in the heart of Stewart Park in Middlesbrough, however students on equine courses will access local stables in and around Middlesbrough in partnership with Askham Bryan College

Student Stories

Siobhanโ€™s Story

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Ryanโ€™s Story

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Ellieโ€™s Story

โ€œI chose Askham Bryan College because I liked what the course covered especially Anatomy & Physiology and Coaching. I enjoy taking part in training and I am hoping to go on to further coaching courses in football at University. The course is great to prepare me for this career.โ€

Great place to study

A different place to study

Industry ready resources

Excellent equine facilities in which to learn

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