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Advanced Technical Diploma in Horse Mananagement Level 3

Kirkley Hall Campus
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City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diploma in Horse Management Level 3

Start Date:
10 September

Who is the course for?

This course is for individuals who work or want to work within the equine industry. The level 3, 90 Credit Diploma in Horse Management is a qualification aimed at providing you with a range of practical skills and knowledge aimed at preparing you for employment or progression into further training within the equine industry.

Do I need any formal qualifications?

The recommended entry requirements are a minimum of four GCSEs at grade C or above (which would ideally include Maths and English), or equivalent GNVQ/BTEC qualifications. Entry can also be gained through achieving a relevant National Certificate, this could be the Level 2 Certificate, Extended Certificate or Diploma in Horse Care however other land-based qualifications would be considered on individual merit. Mature students would be considered on previous practical experience within an equine environment.

What will I study on the course?

You will need to successfully complete about 9 units depending on your selected modules. The qualification includes a large number of choices of topics which are both practical and theoretical. This qualification has no mandatory units but the 30 optional units cover areas of interest such as:

- Horse Fitness

- Horse Rehabilitation and Therapy

- Riding Horses on the Flat and over Fences

- Stud Management

- Horse Handling, Backing and Training

- Breed development

- Equestrian Teaching

- Work Experience.

There are also more general units such as:

- Planning and Monitoring Feeding

- Understanding Animal Health

- Yard and Stable Management

- Riding and Exercising Horses

- Animal Biology

- Anatomy and Physiology.

The work experience module will provide you with first-hand experience of working in a competition yard, racing school, riding school or other related equine business. To prepare you for work experience you will undertake practical duties on the college yard at Kirkley, this will be organised on a rota basis. Work experience when possible will be organised around you future career choices, or if still undecided will offer an opportunity to sample a variety of working environments which should help with your progression into employment or further equine training.

The course runs full-time over one year. The 90 Credit Diploma is part of a larger suite of Horse Management qualifications, and is broadly equivalent to one and a half A Levels. This qualification has been developed in conjunction with industry, and to ensure it equips the learner with the right work skills it is delivered both practically and theoretically. It includes visits to industry and education trips with employability as a strong focus.

Progress is assessed by a range of methods which include practical assessments, observations, written assignments and tests. Assessment is continuous and students are continually encouraged to upgrade their skills. 1:1 progress reviews ensure that students remain motivated and continue to work to their full potential.

Throughout this course of study there is also the opportunity to gain other qualifications which will help you gain employment or prepare you for further training and qualifications. These opportunities include studying for BHS exams including Stages 1, 2, 3, Riding and Road Safety, Preliminary Teaching Test. There is also the opportunity to take UKCC (Coaching Certificates) and complimentary qualifications such as employability, first aid and ATV test.

Training for any extra qualification is provided however there may be costs attached for many additional qualifications in the form of membership fees and exam entry fees.

City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diploma in Horse Management Level 3

The 90-Credit diploma has been developed to equip learners to go directly into employment or progress to further training.

You might progress into work such as:

- Riding Yard Management

- Assistant Manager (competition yards)

- Assistant Manager (Riding School)

- Competition Groom

- Equine Nutritionist

- Stud Manager

Progression into training could be adding a further 3 or 4 units (depending on modules) to achieve a Diploma in Horse Management Level 3 (equivalent of two A Levels), or by adding another 9 units you would achieve an Extended Diploma in Horse Management Level 3 (equivalent of three A Levels).

Alternatively you could progress to an Advanced Apprenticeship in Horse Care and Management which allows you to combine working in industry and attending college one day per week.

The 90-credit Diploma also gives you entry into Higher education and a range of programmes such as an Equine Studies Foundation Degree, a BSc (Hons) in Equine Studies or a BSc (Hons) in Sports Psychology.

This qualification carries 60 to 210 UCAS Points (depending on the grade achieved), See the following: link

Further information can be found on the city and guilds website:

Many of our learners study for free with a Fee Waiver when they are in receipt of qualifying benefits or studying a first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification and meet age restrictions or are aged between 16-18.

If you are not entitled to a Fee Waiver, you may be entitled to receive Learner Support Funds to help with paying your course fees, or if you are aged over 19 and planning to study at Level 3 or 4 and have not previously studied at Level 3 or above you will be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan that covers the costs of your tuition fees. The loan will not cover the cost of any examination / registration fees and these will need to be paid for separately, or you may be entitled to receive Learner Support Funds to help cover the cost.

All learners may also apply for help with the cost of travel to college and the college may be able to help with the costs of childcare, travel, books, equipment and meals.

For more information our Help Hub team is available on 01670 841 200 or email

How can I apply for this course?

Apply online by clicking here and registering, alternatively please contact our Help Hub on 01670 841 200, email or drop in to one of our open events.

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Where can I get any further information about the course?

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