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Horse Management BTEC Subsidiary Diploma Level 3 at Doncaster College

Course description

The course is suitable for those who have achieved a Level 2 qualification in horse care or relevant vocational / industry experience. It will provide you with the skills, knowledge and vocational qualifications so that you can work in a horse related environment or progress onto Higher Education in this area. 

You will be expected to be available to attend college for a minimum of two and a half days per week plus a day work experience. You must be prepared to commit to 100% attendance.


Course content

The following units must be completed to achieve the Subsidiary Diploma qualification:

  • Understand and Promote Animal Health
  • Understand the Principles of Animal Biology
  • Select, fit and evaluate tack
  • Riding and exercising horses
  • Plan and monitor feeding
  • Undertake and Review Work Experience in the Land-based Industries‚Äč
  • Anatomy and Physiology 
  • Undertake stable and yard management



Entry requirements

  • Either 4 GCSEs grades C and above including Maths and English and relevant industry/vocational experience
  • Or Animal Care Level 2 and working at Level 2 Literacy  and L1 Numeracy
  • All applicants must complete an initial assessment in Maths and English and attend an interview
  • Significant knowledge of the care and wellbeing of horses  would be expected



‚ÄčThis is a portfolio based assessment qualification. Assessments will be made on practical ability and assignments which demonstrate knowledge and understanding of set criteria.

Future opportunities

This course offers UCAS points and you may have the opportunity to progress onto Higher Education.

This qualification will provide opportunities in careers including trainee veterinary nursing, horse rehabilitation, RSPCA officers, livery yard groom, exercising, teaching and training, insurance and research, stud yard manager and transporters.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 April 2016
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    • Our campus at the Northern Racing College site is the home to our landbased programmes such as Animal Care, Horse Care, Animal Management and more.