Equine Level 3 (Equine Sport or Practical Equine Management)
This study programme is designed to provide the opportunity for students to gain detailed academic knowledge and a comprehensive understanding of equitation, animal/equine science, equine events and business in relation to horse management. The course provides students with a valid route into Higher Education or a direct route into practical/operational employment within the equine industry.
Generic areas of study*:
• Planning and monitoring animal feeding
• Undertake stable and yard management
• Selecting and fitting horse tack and equipment
• Preparing horses for presentation
• Understanding and promoting equine health
• Understanding the principles of animal biology and anatomy and physiology
• Work related experience
• English and maths where applicable
*Dependent on chosen pathway
Specialist pathways of study:
Equine Sport Pathway
This pathway allows students to develop their riding and training ability both in the saddle and from the ground. This route is very practical and physically demanding as students will have multiple practical sessions per week including riding lessons. Suitability for this pathway will be assessed by riding interviews which requires students to be riding at BHS Stage 2 for entry.
Practical Equine Management Pathway
This pathway provides an excellent study route for students looking to pursue a more practical non-riding focused career within the equestrian industry. Students will 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.
There is the opportunity in the second year of the programme to study an Equine Enterprise pathway. This pathway is designed for students wanting to work for themselves and potentially set up and run their own business.
Your work is assessed continually throughout the programme, this could be through practical work, theory and riding as well as written assignments. You will also complete an end of year synoptic assessment and undertake examinations at set points in the academic year.
Work Related Experience
Students will gain work related experience on the College Equestrian Yard. Students will 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 students may work Monday evening through to Wednesday morning once every three weeks. This aspect of work experience includes early morning and afternoon duties, 7.15am – 8.30am and 4.30pm – 5.30pm and weekend duties (Saturday and Sunday 8am – 4.30pm). Students will also be expected to gain meaningful external work experience as part of the study programme. In order to complete the programme students must complete a minimum of 150 hours in total. Support from the college is available to aid students in finding a suitable placement but we encourage students to find suitable placements before they commence their study programmes. All placements are Health and Safety checked prior to students commencing work experience.
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 college’s BE event
Trips and projects in the UK and abroad
Participation in demonstrations and guest lecturers from industry professionals
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.
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.