Equine Care Diploma – Level 3

This Level 3 Diploma specialises in Equine Management and is ideal for anyone who wishes to enter the equine industry, whether that be working within the wider allied equine services, the business sector associated with the industry or working hands-on with horses.

Learning and building on the essentials of working with horses, this qualification will focus on planning and carrying out stable yard operations, horse health care, feeding and nutrition and fitting and evaluating tack and equipment.

Over the study period, you'll acquire further practical skills such as working and exercising horses from the ground, horse presentation skills (grooming, clipping, trimming and plaiting) and you'll also learn about horse biology.

You'll spend one day a week at Bank Farm Equestrian and carry out theoretical classes at college Main Campus.

Part of this qualification, you'll acquire the skills to undertake equine event management and gain the intrinsic and essential knowledge and understanding about the principles of equitation.

  • What will be studied

    As part of this new qualification, you will cover:-

    • Principles of health and safety
    • Undertake and review work related experience in the Land-based industries
    • Undertake stable yard operations
    • Equine Health
    • Horse tack and equipment
    • Biological systems of horses
    • Prepare horses for presentation
    • Equine feeding and nutrition
    • Working and training horses from the ground
    • The principles of Equitation
    • Contribute to managing an equine event
  • What are the entry requirements?

    In order to be considered for this course, you will need the following:-

    • Knowledge on how to care for and handle horses safely
    • Confident riding in walk, trot and canter
    • Experience jumping a short course
    • Desired cross-country jumping experience

    As well as:-

    • 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (formerly grade C) or above, which should ideally include English and Maths
    • Alternatively completion of a Level 2 qualification in the subject area, with an overall Merit profile.
    • A passion for animals
    • A caring nature
    • Highly motivated

    You will need to attend an interview to ascertain your suitability for this course

  • Where does this course lead to?

    Completion of this course will allow you to further your progression into a career in any of the following areas:

    • Jockeys
    • Stable Hands
    • Trainers
    • Grooms
    • Stud Managers
    • Riding Instructors
    • Breeders
    • Equine Physiotherapists
  • What qualifications will be gained?

    At the end of this one year course you will achieve a Level 3 Diploma in Equine Studies

  • How will this course be delivered?

    Tackling both practical work and academic theory, you will divide your time between Kidderminster College main campus and our stables in Hartlebury.

    And yes, you will have to get involved in mucking out the animals!

  • How will I be assessed?

    Assessment for this Level 3 Diploma will revolve around portfolio work.

  • How to get a place?

    Fill out our quick and easy application form HERE 

  • Other Information:

    Students aged 19+ will be subject to fees. Student finance offers help with Advanced Learner Loans and support to students, please contact Student Services on 01562 512003 or studentservices@kidderminster.ac.uk for more information.

    While on the course we would expect you to bring equipment to classes to assist with completing lesson tasks, such as;

    • Pens
    • Pencils
    • Memory stick
    • Notepad
  • Exam Board:
    City & Guilds

    There are so many career possiblities once you have this qualification under your belt!

    Jockeys, Stable Hands, Trainers, Grooms, Stud Managers, Riding Instructors, Breeders, Equine Physiotherapists


Start Date : September 2020 End Date : July 2021 Fee : N/A
Day : N/A Time : N/A Fee Description : N/A Duration : 1 Year
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