Level 3 Diploma in Horse Management
A specialist work-related programme of study, equivalent to three A Levels, that covers key knowledge and practical skills required for a successful career in this amazing industry.
This course will teach you how to care for horses up to competition level and give you the opportunity to work at our commercial riding school. The course gives a broad-based and in-depth study of the industry and its various disciplines. We aim to provide the best possible vocational experience for you as well as developing your learning and understanding of equine academia. All full-time students participate in yard duties throughout the year alongside their main programme of study. A rota is put in place and will include some weekends.
You will also have the opportunity to organise and run an equine event as well as to visit Your Horse Live, Badminton Horse Trials and the Horse of the Year Show. Students also attend residential study tours, which include visits to The National Stud, British Racing School, Rossdales Equine Veterinary Hospital, Tattersalls and a study tour to Cirencester.
Level 3 City & Guilds Technical Diploma in Horse Management (equivalent to 3 A levels) Students will also be given the opportunity to gain BHS qualifications, First Aid at Work and tractor driving qualifications.
You will cover a diverse range of topics throughout your course. A selection of unit titles is shown below.
- Horse Behaviour and Welfare
- Principles of Equitation
- Event Management
- Yard and Stable Management
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Equestrian Teaching
- Competition Grooming
Assessment is continuous, with assignments, projects and practical work. This course includes 300 hours of work experience through the duration of the two years.
Maths and English
All students following a full-time programme of study at HLC will study English and maths as part of their studies, please refer to the Study Programmes page of this website.
- 5 GCSEs at grade C (grade 4) or above (to include maths and English) or successful completion of a suitable and relevant Level 2 qualification at Merit or above
- Successful interview and initial assessment in literacy and numeracy
- Applicants will be expected to demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment to the chosen subject area
Progression routes are dependent on successful completion of qualifications and meeting entry criteria.
Study options may include:
- Higher Education
- Foundation Degree Equine Science/Studies
- BSc (Hons) in Equine Science/ Studies
Employment options may include:
- Riding Instructors/Freelance Teachers/Work Riders
- Yard Supervisors
- Management (with further experience)
Contact: 0800 032 1986
Aged 16 - 18 years: There are no tuition or exam fees | Materials Fee £220 (per year)
Aged 19 years or over (at the start of the course): Different fees apply depending on your individual circumstances and prior qualifications. Please contact Enquiries 0800 032 1986 for more details about fees
Please Note: Costs are subject to change, please call Enquiries on 0800 032 1986 to check.