Level 3 Diplomas in

Equine Management

with Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma options

Offered at Croft End Equestrian Centre

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.

If you aspire to work in the equestrian industry – either hands-on with the horses or in a related science or
business role then this is the course for you.

This advanced level course is designed to give you the practical skills and underpinning knowledge for a successful career in the equine industry, or for progression on to higher level study.

You will study equine behaviour and welfare, nutrition and feeding and equine biology, as well as choose from additional specialist units such as equitation, coaching and rehabilitation.

You will also develop your industry skills through work placements and study tours in the UK and abroad.

Level 3 Diploma

What will I study?

Year 1

  • Understand and promote animal health
  • Select fit and evaluate tack and equipment
  • Plan & monitor animal feeding
  • Prep horses for presentation
  • Undertake stable and yard management
  • Contribute to managing an equine event
  • Understand the principles of equitation
  • 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

  • You may progress into Higher Education, gain employment within the equine industry or start a Higher Apprenticeship

Higher Education course options

  • Equine Business Management
  • Rural Events Management
  • Equine Science and Sports Coaching
  • Equine and Human Sports Performance
  • Equine Science
  • Equine Breeding and Stud Management
  • A range of Applied Science, Business or Sports programmes

Career options

  • International Groom
  • Yard Manager
  • Coach or Instructor
  • Equine Lecturer
  • Veterinary Nurse (following further study)

Please note: acceptance onto riding units is subject to assessment and maximum weight limit based on scale. Click here for further information on our new scale of weight limit for riding.

Additional qualifications

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

  • The Young Equestrian Leaders Award
  • British Horse Society Riding and Stable Management qualifications
  • BHS Coaching Certification
Useful information

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2019 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.

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.

Weight Limit for Riding

In response to the developments in Equitation Science and the importance of promoting personal health and well-being the Equestrian Centre is establishing a new scale of weight limit for riding.

Current research has proven that horses should only be carrying 10- 20% of their own bodyweight when being ridden, this includes the clothing and tack used.  With the maximum being 20%, as there is a substantial effect on the horses gait and behaviour in response to rider’s weight.   When deciding what weight horses should carry other considerations have to include; age of the horse, the horses condition, level & duration of work, saddle fit, rider ability and balance.

We have therefore taken all of these factors into consideration when evaluating what weight is appropriate for the horses at Reaseheath to carry in order to ensure our horses welfare.  It is also important that we are promoting personal health and well-being in all our staff and learners – ‘riders are athletes’ and working in the equine industry is demanding, we want to support our students in being prepared for this in every way we can.

The weight limit for the Equestrian Centre has therefore been determined based on:

  • Healthy height v weight parameters
  • The height of the riders and the size of pony/horse they are most likely to ride
  • Max weight capacity for horse bodyweight (+tack)
  • Workload of the horses
  • Age range of horses
  • Rider ability

The weight limits are:

Height Weight (st) Weight (Kg)
Upto 4’10” 9 58
4’11 – 5’2” 10 64
5’3 – 5’6” 11 70
5’7” – 5’9” 12 76
5’10 upwards 13 82

The max weight limit for the centre is 13 stone.

Student Profile

Tayla Lewis

Level 3 Diploma in Equine Management

Croft end is where I learnt to ride at the age of 9 and carried on with my lessons for many of years. I continued to have lessons even when i had my own ponies! After leaving school in 2010 I decided that I wanted a career with horses but didn’t want to move away from home! Croft end/Reaseheath was an smazing stepping stone where I studied for 2 years where I was taught by Lisa and Claire! After leaving croft end, I got a job with a top showing producer where I got the opportunity to ride and own some of the best show ponies in the country! I have competed at all major county shows including HOYS, Royal International and Olympia! I am also on the CHAPS UK judging panel.

I have been working with horses for 8 years now and will continue too for many years!