Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Equine Management


The Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Equine Management is a one year programme that allows progression onto the L3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in year two. This qualification is for you if you want to work with horses. It provides you with a range of specialist technical and practical knowledge which will equip you to seek employment or further learning and training within the equine industry.

Course Content - What will I learn?

You will study a variety of different topics in both a classroom and practical setting including; nutrition, anatomy and physiology, biology, riding on the flat, working horses from the ground, horse health, yard management, tack and equipment, work experience, fitness, rehabilitation and therapy, behaviour, equestrian teaching and competition grooming.
English and Maths- depending on GCSE grades you will either study towards Functional Skills and / or GCSE’s. You are required to carry out Work Experience based within the Equestrian Centre throughout the year and you will be required to complete an external placement between the first and second years of the course. You will have weekly personal development review sessions with your course tutor which will entail personal 1:2:1 sessions and lessons tailored around health, social, economic and welfare issues.

Am I right for the course?

This course is suitable for learners from 16 years of age, who have experience in horse care or have gained a Level 2 qualification. The level 3 diploma is designed for learners who want to develop their skills and knowledge to be a more senior worker or manager working in an equestrian establishment, or to prepare for higher-level training or education such as university.

A minimum of 4 GCSEs grade 9 – 4 including maths and English or a full Level 2 with a merit profile and grades 9 – 4 in English & maths.

Three externally-marked tests, one externally-moderated synoptic assignment and a portfolio of evidence for work experience plus internally-marked assignments and practicals.

What Next?

This course can lead to a number of opportunities within the industry including; a senior position working within an equestrian establishment, riding instructor (providing additional BHS qualifications have been taken alongside the course) Completion of the second year L3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma allows progression to Higher Education such as a Higher National Diploma, Foundation Degree or Bachelor’s Degree.

For those of you wanting to go into employment, the aim of our Equine course(s) are to produce competent carers working with horses, with the potential to take up management positions after further experience.

Potential careers:

  • Coach
  • Groom
  • Instructor
  • Nutritionalist
  • Stud Hand
  • Yard Manager
  • Equestrian Event Management
  • Competition Groom
  • Equine Vet Nurse
  • Equine Lecturer

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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

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