This two year Level 3 course is for anyone wishing to develop equine specific technical and professional skills to a high standard supporting successful employment in industry. Completion and achievement of year one is required to progress to year two. This course is also for those wishing to access higher education through a more practical route with the balance of theory and practical taught sessions across a wide range of topics as it is the equivalent of 3 A-levels, and carries UCAS points allowing for progression onto higher education.
All subjects are facilitated by tutors who are highly qualified subject specialists to ensure our learners enjoy as they learn on this developmental programme.
We offer two pathways, a riding and a non-riding option to support you achieving this qualification.
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You wish to develop specific technical and professional skills in this area and gain employment in the industry.
4 C’s at GCSE (or 4’s if in the numerical system).
You must be able to demonstrate walk, trot and canter in a safe controlled manner and have some experience of jumping. The level of riding skill demonstrated will be discussed at interview and appropriate guidance offered prior to acceptance onto the course. The College operates a 13 stone (82.5 kg) weight limit for the riding pathway to uphold the welfare of its working horses.
You need to demonstrate competency in handling a horse or pony including:
- Catching a horse/pony in the stable and tying up correctly
- Leading safely in walk and trot
- Tacking up with a snaffle bridle and GP saddle
- Grooming with an awareness of how to safely move around a horse in the stable
- Mucking out
- Turning horses out and catching them in from a field.
A variety of topics including:
- Undertake & review work related experience in the land–based industries
- Undertake stable yard operations involving horse care
- Equine health
- Horse tack & equipment
- Biological systems of horses
- Prepare horses for presentation
- Equine feeding & nutrition
- Horse behaviour & welfare
- Working horses from the ground
- The principles of equitation
- The principles of horse fitness
5 Optional units to be chosen from the topics below depend on the pathway chosen and are assessed through assignments or practical observations:
Riding pathway only:
- Exercising horses
- Riding horses on the flat
- Grassland management
- The principles of horse rehabilitation & therapy
Riding and non-riding:
- The principles of competition grooming
- Undertake a specialist project in the land-based sector
- Introduction to equestrian coaching
You are assessed through a combination of assignments, practical assessments and written exams. As this is an A-level standard course a significant amount of independent study is expected outside of taught lesson time.
On both pathways you are required to work on the College equestrian centre to develop your skills to support successful achievement of the qualification. As level 3 students you are expected to develop the skills to supervise and guide others and assisting in managing shows. The rota for these is issued in enrolment and accommodation is available.
Extra activities to support your learning:
- Guest speakers
- Work experience in the equine industry
- Meaningful engagement and involvement with employers
- Study Tour - Please note that your study tour involves overnight stays and incurs an extra cost as do some trips
Taking part in student competitions and trips to events such as Exeter racecourse for the student race day and British Eventing competitions.
Higher Education equine programmes:
FdSc Equitation Training & Behaviour
BSc Applied Equitation Science
Employment possibilities in the equine sector:
- National or International competition groom
- Work on a racing yard
- Equine yard manager
- Self-employed rider
- Self-employed groom
- Assistant manager on an equine yard
- Riding school work
- Equine retail sector
- Equine charity sector work
Bradley Moore-Taylor OWNER GARLANDS FARM EQUESTRIAN
Bradley started his studies at Duchy College on the Level 3 course and continued through to the MSc. While studying he also gained extra qualifications including BHS AI, BHS Stage 4 Riding Horses on the Flat and Lunge, and BHS Professional Accredited Coach.
“I had always wanted to lecture and coach, and Duchy College put me on the pathway to achieving my dream. The academic qualifications and practical experience gained supports my practice, business and is a huge selling point when it comes to gaining employment and customers. This was my USP! I now run my own business and also teach at Duchy College. If you are considering studying I would say never give up, focus and follow your dreams. Anything is possible!”
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.