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Horse Management (Retail & Events Management) Level 3 Extended Diploma at Reaseheath College

Course description

Depending on your previous qualifications, you could opt to study either an Extended Diploma, Diploma or Subsidiary Diploma in Horse Management. For more information on Level 3 Diplomas visit our choosing the right course for you page. You can find out more about each study option using the tabs below.

An excellent study route if you’re looking to pursue a non-riding focused career within the equestrian industry. You’ll receive comprehensive training in a variety of practical and theory based topics, working to develop essential industry skills required by employers.

A strong emphasis is placed on academic content with the chance to focus on business methods or scientific principles depending on your career aspirations.

You will gain:

  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management
  • You will also have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications, including BHS certificates
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

Course content

  • Care of the competition horse
  • Introduction to the racing industry
  • Working horses from the ground
  • Select, fit and evaluate horse tack equipment
  • Plan and monitor animal feeding
  • Undertake stable and yard management
  • Understand the principles of animal biology
  • Understand animal anatomy and physiology
  • Understand the principles of horse behaviour and welfare
  • Understand the principles of nutrition
  • Business management in the land-based sector
  • Understand grassland management
  • Understand and promote animal health
  • Undertake and review work experience
  • Prepare horses for presentation
  • Contribute to managing an equine event
  • Understand and apply the principles of horse fitness
  • Undertake retail merchandising for the land-based sector
  • Understand the principles of horse rehabilitation and therapy
  • Understand estate skills
  • Understand the principles of inheritance and genetic manipulation
  • Investigative project
  • Compulsory yard duties
  • Work placement
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

*Some of the units listed above are optional

Entry requirements

  • At least 4 GCSEs at grade C or above, these must include English, Maths and Science, or
  • Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Horse Management at Merit or Distinction

Future opportunities

Course options after this programme

  • You can progress on to a Foundation Degree in Equine Science and Management, BSc (Hons) Equine Science and Sports Performance, a BSc (Hons) Equine Science or related programme
  • You could also study a Foundation Degree or BSc in Sports Coaching, Equine and Human Sports Performance, Equine Studies or Biomechanics

Career options

  • Equine business management
  • Veterinary related careers (thermography/radiography/physiotherapy/chiropractor)
  • Pharmacological research
  • Nutritional advisors/consultants/research
  • Equine rehabilitation and equine science
  • Events co-ordinator or manager
  • Equine sales – tack or nutritionist
  • Stud research
  • Lecturing

Further information

Please note: acceptance onto riding units is subject to assessment and weight limit of 13 stone

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Reaseheath College directly.

Last updated date: 13 September 2016

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    • You will be studying in the beautiful, rural setting of Cheshire, one mile from the market town of Nantwich with good connections to Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool and Chester. 

      The Reaseheath campus itself is small enough to retain its friendly, family atmosphere, but large enough for you to be able to mix with lots of groups of students. 

      Our front lawn is great to sit out on during the summer and the College lake has much wildlife to watch. 

      Over the past few years we have invested over £50 million in our campus to give you the best possible environment for learning. 

      A further £30 million investment is planned for the campus including a £6 million advanced agricultural technology and engineering facility, new halls of residence and new sporting facilities.