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Horse Management Level 3 Extended Diploma at Herefordshire & Ludlow College

Course description

You will care for horses up to competition level and work at our commercial Riding School. You will organise and run an equine event, visit Your Horse Live, Badminton Horse Trials and Horse of the Year Show. You will also attend a residential study tour, which includes tours of The National Stud, British Racing School and Rossdales Equine Veterinary Hospital and Tattersals.

This programme is aimed at those who wish to develop an active career with horses. It gives a broad-based and in-depth study of the industry and its various disciplines.

If you would like to be part of this popular sector with your passion for horses and love of the outdoors then this is the right course for you. The course provides a specialist work-related programme of study that covers key knowledge and practical skills required for a successful career in this amazing industry.

We aim to provide the best possible vocational experience for our equine students as well as developing their learning and understanding of equine academia. All full-time students participate in yard duties throughout the year alongside their main programme of study. A rota is put in place and will include some weekends. We do provide collection and drop-off facilities at Hereford bus/train station.

Course content

You will cover a diverse range of topics throughout your course. A selection of unit titles is shown below.

  • Horse Behaviour and Welfare
  • Principles of Equitation
  • Event Management
  • Yard and Stable Management
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Equestrian Teaching
  • Competition Grooming

Entry requirements

  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above (to include maths and English) or successful completion of a suitable and relevant Level 2 qualification at Merit grade
  • Successful interview and initial assessment in literacy and numeracy
  • Applicants will be expected to demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment to the chosen subject area


Assessment is continuous, with assignments, projects and practical work. This course includes 300 hours of work experience through the duration of the two years.

Future opportunities

There are various opportunities for further study or employment upon successful completion of your course.

Study options may include:

  • Higher Education
  • Foundation Degree Equine Science/Studies
  • BSc (Hons) in Equine Science/ Studies

Employment options may include:

  • Riding Instructors/Freelance Teachers/Work Riders
  • Yard Supervisors
  • Management (with further experience)

Further information

Maths and English

All students following a full-time programme of study at HLC will study English and maths as part of their studies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Herefordshire & Ludlow College directly.

Last updated date: 23 June 2016

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