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Land Based Studies (Horse Care) Level 1 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 will provide a basic introduction to horse care and riding skills. Delivery of the course is practically based with some classroom lessons and can lead to progression on to further study or an Apprenticeship programme.

Entry requirements

Applicants must be able to pass a riding assessment at interview. The minimum requirement is to walk and trot competently on a well-schooled horse. 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 the Level 2 Horse Care programme, work based study or Apprenticeship programmes.

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

Further information

All full-time students, aged between 16-18, will study GCSE or Functional Skills in Maths and English, if they don’t already hold an A*- C level GCSE in the subject. This is an integral part of their vocational study programme at BCA. Students over 19 are also encouraged to refresh and accredit their skills alongside vocational study.

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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