Level 1 Diploma in Vocational Studies (Equine)


The Level 1 Diploma is a combination of practical skill sessions based on the Equestrian Centre, class based theory sessions and periods of work experience. The course is designed to give you an insight into the practicalities and realities of working within the Equine Industry. The course offers a range topic areas giving you an introduction to the personal, employability and vocational skills needed when working with horses

Course Content - What will I learn?

You will learn about the daily care of horses and the skills needed in order to work in the equine industry, with a range of topics including: Caring for and feeding horses, Moving and accommodating horses, Keeping active and healthy, Being organised and Equitation.

English and Maths- depending on grades you will either study towards Functional Skills and / or GCSEs.

You are required to carry out Work Experience based within the Equestrian Centre throughout the year.

You will also have weekly PDR 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?

The course is suitable if you have some experience with horses and a keen interest in wishing to learn more about horse care and equitation. You don’t need to have any specific riding experience for this course, although it would be beneficial and there is a weight limit of 12.5 stone.

A minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 3 – 1 or successful completion of an Entry Level programme.

You will be assessed by putting together an assignment folder, there are no exams, instead you will be asked to produce posters, complete practical assessments, presentations and written assignments.

What Next?

The course can lead you to progress onto the Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care or employment within the equine industry.

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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