Equine Courses in Hertfordshire

The Equestrian Department prides itself on producing quality students who are highly trained, motivated and able to progress into employment or onto Higher Education.

Equine courses at Oaklands cover a variety of levels, giving our students an opportunity to progress and improve skills in horse care, equine management and horse riding.

Our students gain practical knowledge taking advantage of our excellent on-site facilities, which include:

  • A range of horses available for students
  • Modern stabling for up to 30 horses
  • A solarium and horse walker
  • Indoor and outdoor areas
  • Extensive paddocks, grazing areas and a four mile hacking track
  • a wide selection of show jumps and cross-country fences

We are an established examination centre for the British Horse Society as well as an approved Where to Train centre and competition venue. The Equine Centre was also accredited as an official training ground for London 2012.

Our centre regularly holds unaffiliated and affiliated equine events, including: Show Jumping, Dressage and Riding Club competitions which our students are encouraged to take part in.

All of our full time programmes include opportunities to support and enhance your learning so that you can achieve your goals and ambitions. Students enrol on a Study Programme which individualises their education whilst enhancing their employability skills. A Study programme is made up of four key elements which includes a main vocational qualification, the development of English and maths through the study of GCSE’s or Functional Skills, Work-related learning through work experience and Personal Development Reviews.

Find a course to suit you from the list below. If you get stuck, don’t worry, help is at hand just call us on 01727 737000 or email

Level 1 Diploma in Land Based Studies - Equine

The course is a combination of practical skills sessions based on the equestrian centre, class based theory lessons and 5 days of work experience. The course has seven units, which you study towards throughout the year including: Safe and Effective Working Practices, Develop Performance, Industrial experience, Assist with the handling and restraint of animals (horses), Assist with the exercise of animals (horses), Assist with the preparation for exercise and aftercare of horses and Maintain the health of horses. As this course is part of the foundation learning tier, you will be required to complete Functional Skills in Maths and / or English at a level suitable to your ability.

  • Full TimeFull time
  • Duration1YR 1 Year
  • 1Level 1
  • SSt Albans Campus

Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care

This course includes: Principles of Feeding and Watering Horses, Routine Stable Duties (grooming, clipping and plaiting), Horse Handling (incl. lungeing), Riding Horses on the Flat, Riding Horses over Fences, Principles of Horse Biology, Tutorials and Functional Skills. You will also have the opportunity to study for British Horse Society qualifications such as theBHS Preparation for Stage 1 and Stage 2 examinations.

  • Full TimeFull time
  • Duration1YR 1 Year
  • 2Full Level 2
  • SSt Albans Campus

Preparation for BHS Stage 3 Horse Knowledge, Care and Riding

The course will cover all topics assessed by the BHS Stage 3 exam including feeding and watering, the muscular and circulatory system of the horse, static and dynamic conformation and lunging. A syllabus for the exam can be found at

  • Part TimePart time
  • Duration27WK 27 weeks
  • 3Level 3
  • SSt Albans Campus