Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate
Do you want to upskill in your current role and enhance your equine knowledge? Or do you fancy a career change and aspire to work in the equestrian industry?
If you want to gain the skills needed to work either hands-on with horses or in a related science or business role, this is the course for you!
This flexible course will run two evenings a week online and one weekend per month on-site, making it easy to fit in with your existing commitments. It 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 health, and you will have the option to study additional industry qualifications. You will also develop your industry skills through work placements and talks from industry specialists.
What will I study?
- Behaviour and welfare
- Principles of health and safety
- Equine health
- Nutrition and feeding
- Tack and equipment
- Work experience
- Work placement
- Yard and stable management
- 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 4/C or above, these must include English, Maths and Science, or
- Level 2 Technical Certificate in Horse Care at Merit or above
What qualifications will I gain?
- Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate in Equine Management
- You will also have the opportunity to gain additional BHS qualifications
- Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications
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
- International Groom
- Yard Manager
- Coach or Instructor
- Equine Lecturer
- Veterinary Nurse (following further study)
Please note: acceptance onto riding units is subject to a rider assessment, click here for further information.
At Reaseheath, 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
- Stewarding qualifications
Carrianne Wallace, The Equine Network
Carrianne is the founder and manager of the theequinenetwork.com. The network aims to offer business management and marketing oriented solutions through events activities and consultancy. Carrianne is BHS and Diploma qualified and has over 30 years experience working in the equestrian industry in a number of roles. Currently lecturing at Aston Business School, Carrianne is studying on the DBA Doctorate Programme, and has published research on equestrian management subjects, focusing on marketing and the management of client expectations. Carrianne keeps her horses at her home base – Newhaven Stables in North Shropshire, and in her spare time likes to event her mare and is producing an ex-race horse for ROR purposes.
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). www.tylercassellsequine.com
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 British 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.
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.
Choosing the right course for you
We offer a number of routes within each level to suit individual needs. You can apply for the course level based on your GCSEs or equivalent qualifications. Find out more here or at one of our course open events and taster days.
How do I apply?
If you have found a course you are interested in and are in Year 11 or above you can apply online, applications open on 1st October in the academic year before you are due to start. For a step-by-step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website.
The purpose and intention of this policy is to uphold animal welfare and the health and safety of riders and horses.
Riding is an optional unit and is not a compulsory element of our equine courses. If students do not wish to ride this will not affect their qualification and they will undertake different units.
Reaseheath Equestrian Centre sources horses from a range of situations, for example, from charities, trekking centres, student or staff owned horses and privately owned horses. The college own a limited number of the horses on site. Horses generally come to the college on a livery or loan basis to give students a wide variety of high quality, industry relevant horses to train with and to ride. This pool of horses does fluctuate each academic year.
At Reaseheath our work placement programme aims to give you the chance to work with relevant employers whilst you study and gain the vital experience you need to help you realise your dream job or choose the right university course beyond further education. Find out more here.