Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Cannington Centre

Who is the course for?

This course is ideal for anyone wanting to pursue a career in horse management. The course modules cover a wide range of topics which are supported by visits and guest speakers from the industry. The programme will provide the knowledge and skill set required to directly enter employment or to progress on to a Level 4 qualification in equine science or management.

What does the course involve?

Over the two years you will study a range of practical and classroom based units including:

  • Principles of health & safety
  • Competition grooming
  • Horse biology & health
  • Business management
  • Equine feeding & nutrition
  • Stable and yard management
  • Riding on the flat and over fences
  • Horse behaviour and welfare
  • Horse breeding and stud practices
  • Horse fitness and training
  • Horse rehabilitation and therapy
  • Horse tack and equipment
  • Prepare horses for presentation
  • Working horses from the ground
  • Equestrian coaching
  • Event management

There are non-riding pathways available for this qualification.

What makes this course special?

  • This course combines the scientific aspects of horse management with the practical application providing you with a balance of skills. During the course you will work in the Colleges’ equestrian centre to experience working on a commercial yard.
  • This course combines the scientific aspects of horse management with theory and practical application to provide you with a comprehensive set of skills and knowledge to secure further training and/or employment within the industry.  You will work effectively within a team while increasing your skills with in the equine industry. You will be part of a rota which involves you undertaking regular work at the Equestrian Centre and forms part of the work experience unit and gives you the experience of working responsibly on a professional yard.

You will go on a range of exciting trips including a visit to Dartmoor Zoo to watch a full horse dissection, Cheltenham Countryside day, behind the scenes tour of a racecourse, Exeter horse sales and Badminton Horse Trials. You can also join the Cannington Equestrian Centre Riding Club  and sign up to come with us to the Horse of The Year Show. You will also have a range of guest speakers throughout the year to enhance your awareness

Placements/Work Placements

A 300 hour work placement is a compulsory part of the programme, which provides you with first- hand experience of working in the industry. You will have to find and secure a work placement which must be approved by the college and all the relevant Health and Safety and insurance checks carried out prior to starting your placement. You will have one day a week allocated for work experience or you can complete a two week block placement.

Entry Requirements

  • At least 5 GCSE’s in the A*-C range including English, Maths and Science or an appropriate level 2 qualification at Merit level (Applications from mature learners welcomed)
  • Successful interview
  • Successful riding assessment – You will need to be competent riding on the flat and over small fences

What are the assessment methods?

  • Externally set & marked tests & assignments
  • Portfolio development
  • Practical/riding assessments
  • Presentations

How long is the course?

Two years, full time.

What are the College attendance requirements?

You will attend college four days a week and the fifth day will be set aside for you to undertake your work experience however if you have to re sit GCSE English or Maths you may be required to attend college five days a week and complete work experience at weekends, during holidays or in the allocated block placement period.  You will also have time set aside for self-study.

Are there any additional costs for the course?

You will need to ensure you have suitable clothing for working on the yard and riding e.g. riding hat, gloves, boots, body protector, jodhpurs.

There will be a one off cost of £70 to cover visits and guest speakers linked to the programme. This will be payable at enrolment.

There will also be a range of optional trips, residential and day visits.

What are the progression options?

On successful completion of the course, learners can progress onto a Foundation Degree or BSc (Hons) degree in Equine Science/Management. Alternatively learners could enter employment at supervisory level in riding schools, competition, livery and racing yards or complete British Horse Society stages.


Riding instructor, Equine Physiotherapist, Competition Groom, Equestrian Centre owner/manager, College Lecturer, Event Organiser, Stud Manager, Equine Veterinary Nurse, Nutritionist, Saddler, Farrier.

Awarding Body

  • C&G/NPTC

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