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Horse Management - City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma (1080) at Myerscough College

Course description

The new City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma (1080) qualification is a popular option for school leavers, young adults and successful Level 2 Certificate students. This two-year 18-unit course is equivalent to three A Levels and is designed for students who wish to develop a comprehensive overview of horse care and equine management, encompassing practical techniques and technical skills.

The units studied have a strong academic focus – requiring dedication and hard work – whilst still delivering a range of important practical skills. Students enjoy the wide variety of subjects that are covered, with the course having been designed to develop and build knowledge and skills throughout the two-year period.

Course content

The course incorporates all 12 units from the two-year Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma (720) (listed separately), with students on the 1080 Diploma studying an extra 3 units each year. The additional core units include business management (finance, marketing and business analysis), animal anatomy and physiology (biological systems, reproductive processes and environmental controls), horse rehabilitation and therapy, equine nutrition (diet, feeding regimes and nutritional disorders), grassland management and equestrian teaching (preparing, teaching and evaluating a range of lessons).

Those students interested in equitation follow additional units covering the principles of equitation (techniques for training on the flat and over jumps), riding and exercising horses (in the school, over jumps, on the road and in the open) and riding horses on the flat (using training exercises to improve flatwork).

At the Burnley and Liverpool centres students study similar core units, with the additional units covering a combination of interests in the equine industry.

All students undertake stable and yard management duties on a rota basis, one day per week. In addition, all students are required to undertake weekend practical duties, one weekend in four during term time. These start at 8.00am and finish at 5.00pm.

Students are also required to log 200 hours (8-10 weeks) of equine-related work experience during holidays and weekend periods as part of their course.

In addition to obtaining the Level 3 Diploma qualification, the College actively encourages students to enter for the appropriate level of British Horse Society qualification.

Level 3 students are also given the opportunity to study for the industry-recognised EQL Level 2 Work-Based Diploma in Horse Care (BHS NVQ 2).

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) or above including Maths and English Language (plus any course specific subjects listed on the relevant fact sheet), or an Intermediate Level course (e.g. Level 2 Certificate at Distinction including at least one Functional Skill at Level 2), or equivalent qualifications.


A wide range of assessment methods are used during the course, to enable all students the opportunity to maximise their success.

Future opportunities

The City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma (1080) prepares students for supervisory and junior management positions in the industry. It is also a perfect foundation for students wishing to progress to Higher Education – offering up to 168 UCAS Tariff points towards entrance on a wide range of degree courses here at Myerscough or at other universities and colleges.

Myerscough is well known as one of the leading equine colleges in Britain. The facilities and expert knowledge of the tutors provide an ideal learning environment.

The lecturing staff are active in equine research, with a particular focus on equine performance and equine locomotion.

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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: 19 October 2017
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