Level 3 Diplomas in

Horse Management

Equitation and Performance

Extended Diploma, Diploma or Subsidiary Diploma options

Also offered at Croft End and Burrow’s Lane

Depending on your previous qualifications, you could opt to study either an Extended Diploma, Diploma or Subsidiary Diploma in Horse Management. For more information on Level 3 Diplomas visit our choosing the right course for you page. You can find out more about each study option using the tabs below.

With aspirations to work practically in the industry as a groom, coach, yard manager or similar, our equitation route will be perfect for you.

You’ll study important theory, applied and riding units, with the chance to undertake a teaching unit in your second year.

A strong emphasis is placed on developing rider fitness, so you’ll take part in weekly fitness classes and technical training sessions on our mechanical horse.

Extended Diploma

What will I study?

  • Select, fit and evaluate horse tack equipment
  • Plan and monitor animal feeding
  • Undertake stable and yard management
  • Understand the principles of animal biology
  • Understand animal anatomy and physiology
  • Understand the principles of horse behaviour and welfare
  • Understand the principles of nutrition
  • Understand the principles of equitation
  • Business management in the land-based sector
  • Working horses from the ground
  • Understand and promote animal health
  • Undertake and review work experience
  • Prepare horses for presentation
  • Care of the competition horse
  • Understand and apply the principles of horse fitness
  • Riding on flat (optional)
  • Introduction to the racing industry (optional)
  • Understand the principles of horse rehabilitation and therapy (optional)
  • Riding over fences (optional)
  • Equitation teaching (optional)
  • Handling young horses (optional)
  • Investigative project (optional)
  • Compulsory yard duties
  • Work placement
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 2 years, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Equine sports performance and equine biomechanics
  • International groom
  • Yard manager
  • Coach or instructor
  • Lecturer
  • Equine physiotherapist
  • Sports performance analyst
  • Veterinary nurse (following further study)

Please note: acceptance onto riding units is subject to assessment and weight limit of 13 stone.

Diploma

What will I study?

  • Select, fit and evaluate horse tack equipment
  • Plan and monitor animal feeding
  • Undertake stable and yard management
  • Understand the principles of animal biology
  • Understand animal anatomy and physiology
  • Understand the principles of horse behaviour and welfare
  • Understand the principles of nutrition
  • Understand the principles of equitation
  • Business management in the land-based sector
  • Working horses from the ground
  • Understand and promote animal health
  • Undertake and review work experience
  • Prepare horses for presentation
  • Care of the competition horse
  • Understand and apply the principles of horse fitness
  • Riding on flat (optional)
  • Introduction to the racing industry (optional)
  • Understand the principles of horse rehabilitation and therapy (optional)
  • Riding over fences (optional)
  • Equitation teaching (optional)
  • Handling young horses (optional)
  • Investigative project (optional)
  • Compulsory yard duties
  • Work placement
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

*You will study 12 units from the list above for the Diploma option

How long will it take?

  • 2 years, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Equine sports performance and equine biomechanics
  • International groom
  • Yard manager
  • Coach or instructor
  • Lecturer
  • Equine physiotherapist
  • Sports performance analyst
  • Veterinary nurse (following further study)

Please note maximum weight for riding modules is 13 stone and is subject to assessment.

Subsidiary

What will I study?

  • Select, fit and evaluate horse tack equipment
  • Plan and monitor animal feeding
  • Undertake stable and yard management
  • Understand the principles of animal biology
  • Understand animal anatomy and physiology
  • Understand the principles of horse behaviour and welfare
  • Understand the principles of nutrition
  • Understand the principles of equitation
  • Business management in the land-based sector
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 1 year, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Equine sports performance and equine biomechanics
  • International groom
  • Yard manager
  • Coach or instructor
  • Lecturer
  • Equine physiotherapist
  • Sports performance analyst
  • Veterinary nurse (following further study)

Please note maximum weight for riding modules is 13 stone and is subject to assessment.

Additional qualifications

You will have the chance to work towards additional qualifications, including:

  • Minimising risks whilst working in the Equine industry
  • Volunteering/working within the community
  • Coaching
  • BHS qualifications
  • College certificates in equitation and horse husbandry

You will also have the opportunity to gain certificates in:

  • Minimising risks whilst working in the Equine industry
  • Volunteering/working within the community
  • Introductory Bronze, Silver and Gold award in Equitation
  • Introductory Bronze, Silver and Gold in Horse Husbandry
  • First aid for horse owners
Industry mentors

Level 3, Year 1:

Carol Chandler

Carol has been the owner manager of Nantwich Saddlery for the past 15 years. Carols equine business started with rug washing and cleaning which is still operating as part of the overall Nantwich Saddlery Business.

Bill Perratt

Bill is a Master Saddler and is registered with the Society of Master Saddlers. He has many years of experience in the equine industry, working within dressage, eventing, show jumping and pleasure riding.

Tyler Cassells

BHSII, FdSc, NVQ3, Rider, Trainer and Groom

Tyler has been riding since the age of ten, he has undertaken and achieved a range of qualifications and is an active event rider based at Somerford Park in Cheshire.

Tyler has been selected to be on the Excell Talent Programme, as well as being part of the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS).

www.tylercassellsequine.com

Level 3, Year 2:

Forage Plus

ForageplusTM was founded in 2011 by Sarah Braithwaite and Dr Lee Proctor. As a professional working with horses for 15 years, Sarah has witnessed many health issues which appeared to originate from the nutrition and environment in which domestic horses were kept. After training with some of the world’s leading horse health experts and conducting extensive research into aspects of whole horse health, the seeds of ForageplusTM were born. ForageplusTM is a unique equine nutrition service like no other in the UK.

www.forageplus.co.uk

Tullis Matson – Stallion AI Services

Tullis began his careers with horses working in a racing stables where he spent two years as assistant trainer to Phillip Hobbs. In 1990 he came home to run his father’s non thoroughbred stud at Twemlows Hall.

Click here to read all about our industry mentors.

Useful information

Livery packages at Reaseheath Equestrian Centre

We offer a range of livery packages from full working livery to DIY livery with a stable management option. To find out more about our livery packages visit the livery pages on our website.

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2018 the tuition fees and exam costs are free for our courses. If you are aged 19 or over you may have to pay a fee.

You may also be required to pay costs associated with study tours or additional qualifications.

For more information on fees and to find out about what financial support may be available to you visit the student finance pages on our website.

Transport

Our college buses pick up over 1,400 students each day from a wide area. From September 2018 all college bus routes to Reaseheath will be FREE. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.

Accommodation

At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for 785 students. If you are aged over 16 and studying on a full-time course you may apply for a residential place. Visit the accommodation pages on our website for more information.

How do I apply?

If you have found a course you are interested in and are in Year 11 or above you can apply now online. For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find out more information about this course on our FAQs page.

Student Profile
Becky Whittaker

Ambition: Equine physiotherapist

School: Culcheth High School, Warrington

Age: 19

A competitive event rider, Tyler aims to get to the top of his sport.

Becky was unsure which equine career to follow when she came to college but is now considering physiotherapy and rehabilitation.

A ‘distinction’ student on her course, she already had ‘A’ levels when she came to us and will continue onto a degree once she returns from a summer teaching riding with Camp America.

Becky brought her own mare ‘Spirit’ to college as a working livery but widened her riding experience thanks to our range of schoolmasters.

She says: “The staff are amazing and are willing to spend a lot of time and effort to get the best out of you.”