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Equine Management - Level 3 Extended Diploma at Brackenhurst at NTU (Nottingham Trent University)

Course description

This course will include horse science, riding, and stable management, providing you with the knowledge and skills required for a career in the equine industry. You’ll gain practical riding experience on the flat and over jumps while studying towards the British Horse Society (BHS) examinations. We also offer a non-riding option for those that want to develop the skills that could lead to a career in competition grooming or rehabilitation and therapy.

Are you?

  • Passionate about horses
  • Into practical work and like being outdoors
  • Keen to improve your riding
  • Dedicated to the care of horses

Course content

Some of the things you’ll study:

Horse Behaviour and Welfare
Gain an understanding of horse behaviour, the effects of domestication and welfare. You’ll observe horses, record the results and analyse your findings.

Principles of Competition Grooming
Develop the skills and knowledge to be able to prepare a horse for competition. Learn about the necessary equipment and the importance of aftercare including exercise, transport, tack and clothing.

Working and Training Horses from the Ground
In this module, you’ll learn how to work horses from the ground. You’ll investigate a range of techniques, including Parelli, Join Up, lunging, long reining and loose schooling. 

Riding Horses on the Flat
You’ll gain an understanding of riding horses on the flat. You will ride a wide variety of horses of all ages and levels and be encouraged to engage with the theory of training horses to enhance their abilities.

Introduction to Equestrian Coaching
This module focuses on developing and enhancing your teaching skills with practical and theory sessions. You’ll learn how to deliver riding lessons on the flat and over ground poles, plus lead rein and lunge lessons. You'll also look at how to deliver a short lecture.

In addition you’ll study English and maths and complete relevant work experience. If you do not yet have a GCSE grade 4 / C in maths or English, we’ll also support you with extra classes so you can retake the exams.

Entry requirements

For 2018 entry you will need:

  • Four GCSEs including science at grade 4 / C or above and including maths or English at grade 4 / C or above.
  • If you have grade 3 / D in maths or English language (where the other subject is at least grade 4 / C), you’ll need to complete GCSE retakes as a part of your study programme.
  • At interview you’ll need to demonstrate that you can ride at all paces and over small jumps in order to be offered a place on the course.
  • For the non-riding option you will be given a practical task, which involves tacking up on the yard.
  • For the health and welfare of our horses there is a maximum rider weight limit of 14 stone.

You will also be required to attend an interview.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered.

Other requirements: You will need to demonstrate your ability to ride at all paces and over small jumps at an assessment day. Please note for the health and safety of the horses (and to follow industry welfare guidelines) we have a weight limit of 14 stone.

To apply, please visit our website.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our FE Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 5299


You’ll learn through practical demonstrations, group discussions, and lectures in our fantastic facilities. You’ll be taught by tutors who work within the horse industry as competitors, judges and British Horse Society (BHS) assessors.

You’ll go on trips to competition yards, rehabilitation centres and British Eventing competitions. You’ll hear from guest speakers from the equine industry.

How you'll study

You can take part in trials for our Rider Academy, and you can get involved with our Groom’s Academy. You can take the BHS Progressive Riding Tests (PRT) Stages 1 – 6 and the Ride Safe exam in Year One. In Year Two, you can work towards BHS Stage 2 or higher.

The course is split so that approximately 40% is practical work and 60% is theory work. It also includes a work placement. This will develop your skills and knowledge and look good to future employers. You can work at places like local competitions yards, yards specialising in natural horsemanship, or in tack shops or feed merchants.

How you’ll be assessed

You'll be assessed through written assignments, presentations, practical assessments, class tests and external exams.

Financial information

View the latest fees and funding information for this course.

Future opportunities

Next steps

If you are successful and achieve the right combination of results, you’ll be able to progress on to the BSc (Hons) Equine Sports Science or BSc (Hons) Equestrian Psychology and Sports Science degrees right here at NTU’s Brackenhurst Campus.

Future jobs within the equine industry include:

  • competition or stud groom
  • equine retail worker
  • veterinary equine nurse
  • riding instructor or coach
  • yard manager

Further information

Study an equine course at Brackenhurst and you’ll have access to some fantastic facilities. Our British Horse Society (BHS)- approved Equestrian Centre has stabling for 65 horses. There is even the option to keep your own horse here. It also features indoor and outdoor riding arenas, turnout fields, a horse walker and a mechanical horse simulator – great for perfecting your position. You’ll use the Equestrian Centre throughout your studies. Your course will include both riding and non-riding sessions at the centre. You’ll also help our technicians to care for the horses on a day-to-day basis.

As well as your subject-specific facilities, you’ll also find:

  • a library, including fully equipped computer rooms
  • modern classrooms and teaching areas
  • laboratories
  • our careers and employability service
  • a dining room and Costa Coffee
  • our student shop
  • a common room.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 31 May 2018
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