Technical Baccalaureate in

Equine Management

The Technical Baccalaureate is a government backed innovative programme that is designed for talented, ambitious individuals who are keen to pursue a career within the equine industry.

You will study the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Equine Management along with advanced Maths and an independent research project. You will also have the opportunity to work towards industry recognised British Horse Society (BHS) qualifications and you’ll complete a specialist industry work placement.

At a glance

How long will it take?

  • 2 years, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 5/B or above to include English, Maths and Science
  • Relevant Level 2 Diploma at Merit or above with GCSE grade B in Maths and English. Those with other level 2 qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis

What qualifications will I gain?

Successful completion of these 3 elements will result in the awarding of the Technical Baccalaureate in Equine Management.

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

  • Business Management
  • Nutritional or Behavioural Advisors/Consultants/Research
  • Event Management
  • Veterinary related careers (Thermography/Radiography/Physiotherapy/Chiropractor)
  • Pharmacological Research
  • Rehabilitation and Therapy
  • Lecturing
  • Coaching
Year 1 modules

What will I study?

  • Behaviour and welfare
  • Equine biology
  • Equine health
  • Level 3 core maths
  • Nutrition and feeding
  • Riding and exercising horses*
  • Tack and equipment
  • Work experience
  • Yard and stable management

*These modules are optional

You will also have the opportunity to undertake additional qualifications that support industry skills development.

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.

Year 2 modules

What will I study?

  • Customer care*
  • Event management
  • Ride on the flat and over fences*
  • Undertake an extended project
  • Working horses from the ground

*These modules are optional

You will also have the opportunity to undertake additional qualifications that support industry skills development.

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, for example:

  • Young Equestrian Leaders Award
  • British Horse Society Riding and Stable Management qualifications
  • BHS Coaching Certification
Industry mentors

Tyler Cassells BHSII, BSc (Hons), NVQ3

Tyler runs his own successful Eventing yard at Somerford Park, Cheshire. An International rider representing Great Britain, he holds a BA in Equine Science and Management, BHS Intermediate Instructors Qualification and UKCC Level 2 Certification. Tyler teaches regular clinics at our Equestrian Centre and offers work experience and Apprenticeship placements to diligent and hardworking students wishing to develop further experience in the Eventing sector. He has also been selected to be on the Excell Talent Programme, as well as being part of the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS).

Tullis Matson, Stallion AI Services

Tullis owns and manages Stallion AI Services, well known as one of the leading reproductive semen collection and AI Centres in the UK. The DEFRA approved collection centre in Whitchurch, Shropshire boasts the latest technology and facilities and Tullis and his team have been supporting Reaseheath for a number of years, with our students annually assisting at the Centre’s Open Day in May and providing guidance to hardworking students. Tullis began his career with horses working in a racing stables as Assistant Trainer to Phillip Hobbs. In 1990 he came home to run his fathers’s non Thoroughbred Sud at Twemlows Hall before founding Stallion AI Services in 1996. Tullis and his team recently featured on BBC1’s Countryfile, focussing on their work with the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.

Gina Machin, Acton Hall EC

Gina is the proprietor of Acton Hall Equestrian Centre, one of Staffordshire’s leading Competition Centre and Livery Services. Set in fifty acres of countryside the centre offers clients the opportunity to develop their Equitation and Management skills. Gina has a number of years’ experience in training students and will be a wealth of knowledge to support those in taking the next step in their career.

Gillian Carlisle BHSII, Chief Executive, Thoroughbred Retraining Centre

Gillian is the Chief Executive of the Thoroughbred Retraining Centre (BTRC), a charity dedicated to improving and promoting the welfare of retired racehorses. Gillian, who holds the British Horse Society Intermediate Instructors Certificate was previously Equine Operations Manager for the Hong Kong Jockey Club, managing the Beas River Equestrian Complex, further, she was responsible for managing the retired racehorse population that was not exported by their race owners. Gillian has previously trained with Irish Olympic Event Rider, Eric Smiley FBHS and has a real passion for not only her work, but the success of those wanting to pave a successful career path in the equine industry.

Steph Bradley, Freedom Saddlery

Steph owns and manages Freedom Saddlery, one of a handful of saddle fitters qualified with both the M.S.F.C. Diploma and S.M.S. Reg’d Q.S.F. saddle fitting qualifications. Steph’s clients primarily cover North Wales, Cheshire, Shropshire and the Northwest of England, however she also covers Gloucestershire and Ireland, Dubai and Guernsey. Steph rides competitively up to Advanced level Dressage and has represented Wales on the home International team from 2011 to present, in addition to training with many high profile Dressage riders, including Charlotte Dujardin, Diane Breeze and Dane Rawlins.

Fiona Saxby, British Eventing Regional Development Officer

Fiona Saxby is the Regional Development Officer for North Wales and the West Midlands and is also a BE Scorer, Entries Secretary and Organiser of the Baileys Horse Feeds Jump Training Series. She has a wealth of experience within a range of different sectors of the industry and is excited to be supporting our students reach their goals in order to be successful in this ever changing industry.

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 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.


Our college bus service collects over 1,400 students every day from far and wide. What’s more, getting to Reaseheath is FREE* on all college bus routes. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.


At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for up to 1,000 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.

*Subject to terms and conditions

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.