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Horse Management Level 3 Extended Diploma at Berkshire College of Agriculture

Course description

BCA has excellent, modern equestrian resources, which include:

  • Indoor competition size, floodlit arena, with under surface irrigation and viewing gallery
  • All weather, 60×40m and 60×30m outdoor arenas
  • British Eventing 90, 100 and Novice courses
  • Covered horse walker and round pen
  • Cross country course, excellent hacking and grass rides across the estate
  • Stabling for 50 horses in two modern yards
  • Livery services
  • A continuous programme of equine events

Programmes at Level 2 and Level 3 can be tailored to include riding or non-riding options. All programmes with riding options require a riding assessment and also allow you to work towards BHS exams, which are held on site at BCA.

All learners will get the opportunity to attend external shows, events and trips including London Olympia, Windsor Horse Show, The Blue Cross, Scotland Yard, internal guest lectures and demonstrations.

Course content

This course provides both the practical and horse management skills required to pursue a career in the equestrian industry and associated professions, and can also lead to studying at degree level.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at Grade A*-C including English, maths and science, OR Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care at ‘Merit’ grade or above. Applicants must be able to pass a riding assessment at interview. The minimum requirement is to walk, trot and canter a well-mannered school horse safely whilst maintaining a basic balanced position. Jumping is part of the riding module requirements, so students must be prepared to work on the flat and over fences during the programme if taking the riding units. All students will need to be physically fit and be willing to take part in all aspects of practical horse care and stable management.

Future opportunities

Students can progress on to Higher Education programmes, Apprenticeship programmes or employment within the equine industry.

*There are options for learners to study a 1 year 60 credit subsidiary diploma or 90 credit diploma qualification.

**Please note we have a 15st weight limit for all riders (weight is inclusive of all riding equipment and saddle).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Berkshire College of Agriculture directly.

Last updated date: 08 February 2016

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