Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in

Horse Management

With Certificate option

Offered at Croft End and Burrow’s Lane

This theory only course is the equivalent of one A level and is ideal for learners who have an interest in the equine industry but do not wish to undertake the practical elements of the other equine courses.

You will study a range of theoretical topics relevant to current equine management practices. These will give you the knowledge to enter a wide range of careers or progress onto higher education, dependent on UCAS points.

Course includes

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?

  • At least 4 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English, Maths and Science, or
  • Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care at Merit
  • Career changers welcome – no formal entry requirements for 19+ learners, however you will need to be successful at interview

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management with Merit or Distinction
  • Level 3 Diploma in Horse Management with Merit
  • Dependent on the grade achieved, UCAS points will be acquired that will enable entry onto higher education programmes if combined with other Level 3 qualifications.

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.

Additional qualifications

You will have the chance to work towards additional qualifications, which may include:

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

You may also have the opportunity to gain certificates in:

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

BHS Committee

The BHS represent the interests of the 4.3 million people in the UK who ride or who drive horse-drawn vehicles. With over 82,000 core BHS members, 34,000 members of affiliated Riding Clubs and the members of Affiliated Bridleways Associations, they have a powerful voice with Government!

The BHS provide a ‘gold standard’ of training for working practically within the industry, focus on safety and maintain high standards.

As the foremost and most influential equestrian charity in the UK they can bring to the fore the full scope of our charitable objectives in education, welfare, access and safety.


Useful information

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2015 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.


Our college buses pick up over 1,000 students each day from a wide area. The cost of daily transport is subsidised if travelling on the College bus service. To find out the cost of transport and a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.


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.