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Horse Care Level 3 Diploma at Cirencester College

Course description

This exciting course is suitable for those with existing knowledge of, or experience with horses, although it is not essential to own your own horse. You will have the opportunity to work in a practical setting, acquiring an industry recognised qualification that will enable you to turn a real interest into a career or higher education pathway.

You will study a variety of different topics in considerable detail – even if you already feel competent in some areas you can be sure that there will be a great deal more to learn and to gain from this course. Previous experience is taken into consideration and will enable you to work at your own level.

The course is taught predominantly from a private yard which houses a variety of horses: ex-racehorses, eventers and show jumpers. There will also be a number of excellent trips and visits throughout the course. If you are considering either a career in the equine sector or a related higher education pathway, then this course will be of great value.

The study pattern for this course is highly flexible being offered as an Extended Diploma, Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma. We are the only College within the area offering Horse Management as a Subsidiary Diploma and this is an attractive option to many students. Popular combinations of Horse Management with A level qualifications might include, Psychology, Biology and Chemistry. This method of study is particularly good for students with an interest in the equine industry but wanting to progress on to more traditional higher education or perhaps those who are not decided upon specific career pathways but just have a love for working with horses!

Course content

Core units

Understand and Promote Animal Health

Undertake and Review Work Related Experience in the Land-based Industries

Select, Fit and Evaluate Horse Tack and Equipment

Plan and Monitor Animal Feeding

Prepare Horses for Presentation


Undertake Stable and Yard Management


Understand the Principles of Animal Biology

Understand Animal Anatomy and Physiology


A series of Optional Units are chosen to fufill the necessary number of units; these can include:


Understand and Apply the Principles of Horse Fitness

Prepare and Provide Care for Competition Horses

Understand the Principles of Horse Rehabilitation and Therapy

Understand the Principles of Horse Behaviour and Welfare

Working Horses from the Ground

Entry requirements

Though the College generic entry requirements apply, where the requirements are not quite achieved, admission on to the course is subject to a certain amount of discretion by the course leader.


Through various methods such as:

  • Coursework
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Practical test
  • Observation

Future opportunities

The progression from this course in to either Higher Education or Employment within the sector is fairly evenly split. Roughly half of our students have gone on to study a degree such as:

  • Equine Science
  • Equine Physiotherapy and Sports Coaching
  • Equine Science and Thoroughbred Management

The other half have been seen to enter work within the industry. Some have secured Apprenticeships and others have got employment. All course completers have gone on to some form of progression within the industry be it through HE or Employment.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 January 2017
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