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Horse Management, Qualification, Level 3 at Hadlow College

Course description

This is a one or two year, full time course consisting of a range subjects that enable students to achieve a good foundation in equine studies preparing them for employment in various fields within the industry.

The course offers students exceptional opportunity to gain hands on experience to develop their practical skills in horse husbandry and riding.

Year two builds on the essential skills and knowledge gained in year one with students progressing to develop higher level skills such as; yard management, working with breeding stock and organising events. 

Students are trained towards their British Horse Society qualifications alongside the course and are supported to take exams from BHS Stage 1 through to BHS Stage 3 and BHS stage 2 teach.

Course content

This course is structured to include mandatory and optional units, allowing students to specialise, particularly in year 2. The following titles are an example of some of the
topics students can expect to study within the course:

Year 1

  • Structure, form and function
  • Equine diet and nutrition
  • Work experience in the equine sector
  • Horse tack, equipment and rugs
  • Equine health and husbandry
  • Preparation and presentation for competition disciplines
  • Riding horses
  • Horse behaviour
  • Functional skills/GCSE - English and maths

Year 2

  • Manage an equine yard
  • Equine business management
  • Working horses from the ground
  • Managing an equine event
  • Investigative research project
  • Horse fitness
  • Equine stud management
  • Introduction to equestrian coaching
  • Equine injuries and rehabilitation
  • Riding horses on the flat
  • Showjumping and cross country course
  • Functional skills/GCSE - English and maths

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of five GCSEs grades A*-C / 9-4 or equivalent (Level 2 Diploma), which must include GCSEs in English AND maths A*-C / 9-4 Grade. For those students who achieve four GCSEs A*-C/9-4, there is the option of a 90 credit Diploma. Achievement of this at Merit or Distinction will allow progression onto the second year.
Students who wish to take the riding option will need at least 1 year’s experience of riding a horse and pass a riding assessment at the College, prior to starting the course in September.


Students are assessed throughout the course using assignments, tests, practical observations and external assessments. Students are expected to relate theory
to practice in all assessments.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of this course, students may progress directly into the equine industry to begin roles such as; competition groom, yard assistant, assistant yard manager or junior instructor. 

Students have found employment in a wide range of equine establishments, including competition yards, riding schools, horse transport, veterinary practices and retail businesses. Students may also choose to apply for a Higher Education programme such as BSc (Hons) Equine Training and Management at Hadlow.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 November 2017
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