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Horse Care Intermediate Diploma at Derby College

Course description

This course provides a foundation of knowledge, skills and work experience to help you gain employment within the equine industry or to progress to the next level of study.  There is a non-riding option for those people who do not ride.

Course content

You will study the following units:

  • Undertake work-related experience in the land-based industries
  • Carry out and understand the principles of feeding and watering horses
  • Undertake routine stable duties
  • Undertake horse handling
  • Fit and maintain horse tack and clothing
  • Introduction to riding horses on the flat
  • Understand the principles of horse biology

In addition to these units, you will study Functional Skills.

Entry requirements

You will need a reasonable standard of educational attainment, to include two GCSE passes in academic subjects at grade D or above.  Equivalent qualifications may be accepted - this can be discussed at your interview.

To ensure the welfare of our horses, we operate a personal weight restriction of no more than 13 stone for those people taking the riding option.  There is, however, the possibility of a non-riding option which can be explored at interview.

You must have a minimum of a Merit grade to progress to an Advanced Diploma.


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

Future opportunities

You can progress to an Advanced Diploma or Certificate, to an apprenticeship or into employment.  However, you must have a minimum of a Merit grade to progress to an Advanced Diploma.

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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