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Level 3 • Full-time • Equine department
This two year Level 3 course is for anyone wishing to develop equine specific technical and professional skills to a high standard supporting successful employment in industry. Completion and achievement of year one is required to progress to year two. This course is also for those wishing to access higher education through a more practical route with the balance of theory and practical taught sessions across a wide range of topics as it is the equivalent of 3 A-levels, and carries UCAS points allowing for progression onto higher education.
All subjects are facilitated by tutors who are highly qualified subject specialists to ensure our learners enjoy as they learn on this developmental programme.
We offer two pathways, a riding and a non-riding option to support you achieving this qualification.
On both pathways you are required to work on the College equestrian centre to develop your skills to support successful achievement of the qualification. As level 3 students you are expected to develop the skills to supervise and guide others and assisting in managing shows. The rota for these is issued in enrolment and accommodation is available.
Extra activities to support your learning:
Work experience in the equine industry
Meaningful engagement and involvement with employers
Study Tour - Please note that your study tour involves residential stays and incurs an extra cost as do some trips
If you are mad about horses and would love a job in the equine industry then our courses can open up a wide range of career options for you. Whether that’s the welfare, husbandry and supervision of horses in a stable or livery, training thoroughbred racehorses, coaching and breeding, or being a jockey, show jumper or support technician, we can help you achieve your goal every step of the way.
We offer three options for you to start your studies in equine management depending on your GCSE results. Our Level 2 and Level 1 courses are ideal should your GCSE results not be what you expected.
Our Level 2 course provides you with basic training in the care and management of horses and will provide with the skills and knowledge you need to gain employment in the equine industry.
Please read the following riding hat guidelines when applying for this course –
2020 BHS Approvals Hat Guide
In order to start your apprenticeship in horse care you will need to join the Level 2 course and learn the basic skills needed to progress on to Level 3.
Apprenticeships allow you to work while gaining a nationally recognised qualification at the same time, so why not combine your love of horses with earning money? Over the course of 15-18 months, you will be working in paid employment within the equine industry and you will spend one day every two weeks during term time at college. You’ll study a wide range of subjects around the care of all different types of horses.
If you ride or do not ride, don’t worry – there are specialised routes that you can take which include riding, non-riding, racing, breeding or driving.
Both Bicton College and Duchy Stoke Climsland capuses are located in beautiful countryside and provide dedicated equestrian facilities, which include indoor and outdoor schools and working yards. Here you will have the opportunity to practice your skills in preparation for the end point practical assessments.
Expect to spend time away from your employer on Day release with practical and theory delivery helping you to prepare for your EPA (End Point assessment) with the support of your work coach. Assignments will also be set as well as various classroom activities, workshops and tasks to help you gain the skills and knowledge needed alongside support and training from your employer in order to prepare you for a career in the equine industry.
Remote and Blended delivery – If you live too far away from the college to attend college each week then we can arrange for you to go onto a remote programme of delivery and assessment with more one to one support by your work coach and assessor.
Please read the 2020 BHS Approvals Hat Guide for more information about Hat requirements.