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Horse Management Advanced Diploma at Derby College

Course description

This course provides in-depth knowledge, skills and work experience to help you gain employment within the equine industry or to progress to the next level in your career.  You will be taught theory and practice in a range of topics relating to the industry of riding and caring for horses. 

Course content

Mandatory units include:
  • Understand and promote animal health
  • Undertake and review work-related experience in the land-based industries
  • Select, fit and evaluate horse tack and equipment
  • Plan and monitor animal feeding
  • Prepare horses for presentation
  • Undertake stable and yard management
  • Understand the principles of animal biology
  • Understand animal anatomy and physiology
  • Understand the principles of horse behaviour and welfare
  • Understand and apply the principles of horse fitness
  • Prepare and provide care for competition horses
  • Understand the principles of horse rehabilitation and therapy
  • Riding and exercising horses
  • Understand the principles of animal nutrition
  • Riding horses on the flat
  • Riding horses over fences
  • Understand the principles of equitation
  • Undertake retail merchandising for the land-based sector
  • Undertake equestrian teaching

Entry requirements

You will need four GCSE passes at grade C or above - which should include Science and English - plus appropriate equestrian experience. Alternatively, you should have at least a Merit grade on the Intermediate (Level 2) Diploma in Horse Care and a recommendation from the course team that Level 3 studies are suitable for you.  Other equivalent competence and attainment will be taken into account and your individual circumstances can be discussed at interview or at our information evenings. 
Please be aware that there is a minimum riding requirement of Pony Club C Test, BHS Stage 1, NVQ Level 1 or the equivalent. 

To progres to year 2 of this course, you will be required to obtain a pass grade or above during your first year. 

In order to ensure the welfare of our horses, we operate a personal weight restriction of no more than 13 stone.


The course is continuously assessed using a range of methods including written tests, projects and practicals.  All this work will be compiled together to build a portfolio.

Future opportunities

The course can lead to a foundation or honours degree within higher education, an apprenticeship at Level 2 or 3, or directly to employment.  

Some examples of the many job roles available include assistant manager at a large equestrian yard, a sole charge manager at a small private yard, competition groom, instructor, horse physiotherapist, horse behaviourist, event organiser, veterinary nurse, horse welfare specialist, farrier and horse dentist.   

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Derby College directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2016

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