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Horse Management - City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate (360) at Myerscough College

Course description


The Level 3 Advanced Technical qualifications are popular options for school leavers and young adults. They combine practical-based skills with academic theory, classroom study and external visits.

The City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate (360) is a one-year, six-unit, course broadly equivalent to one A Level, whilst the two-year, 12-unit, City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diploma (720) is equivalent to two A Levels and ideal for progression to Higher Education. Students who successfully complete the Certificate can, if they wish, progress directly to the second year of the Diploma.

Course content

In year one, students learn about equine feeding and nutrition, equine health and welfare (including preventative care and animal treatments) and the selection and fitment of horse tack and equipment (bridles, saddles, martingales, training aids, bandages, rugs and boots). A range of grooming techniques is also taught, including washing, trimming, plaiting and clipping.

Additional units cover animal biology and equine behaviour and welfare, focusing on the body language, evolution, communication and lifestyle of the domestic horse. On a practical level students are taught a range of techniques in riding and exercising horses – on the ground, over jumps and on the open road. An alternative option, for those students more interested in breeding and training, covers ground schooling – with a focus on lunging, long reining and the development of routine training techniques.

Students who choose the two-year Diploma route at the Preston centre can further their interests with optional units during the second year of their programme. Core units cover the principles of horse fitness (fittening, roughing off, nutrition, foot care and preventative treatments) and an investigative research project into an area of the equestrian industry that is of particular interest.

Those students interested in equitation follow additional units covering the principles of equitation (techniques for training on the flat and over jumps), riding and exercising horses (in the school, over jumps, on the road and in the open) and riding horses on the flat (using training exercises to improve flatwork).

At the Liverpool centre students study similar core units, with the additional units covering a combination of interests in the equine industry.

All students undertake stable and yard management duties on a rota basis, one day per week. In addition, all students are required to undertake weekend practical duties, one weekend in four during term time. These start at 8.00am and finish at 5.00pm.

Students on the two-year Diploma are also required to log 200 hours (8-10 weeks) of equine-related work experience during holidays and weekend periods as part of their course.

In addition to obtaining the Level 3 Diploma qualification, the College actively encourages students to enter for the appropriate level of British Horse Society qualification. Level 3 students are also given the opportunity to study for the industryrecognised EQL Level 2 Work-Based Diploma in Horse Care (BHS NVQ 2).

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) or above (including English Language and Maths or Science), or an Intermediate Level course (e.g. Level 2 Certificate at Pass including at least one Functional Skill at Level 2), or equivalent qualifications.


A wide range of assessment methods are used during the course, to give all students
the opportunity to maximise their success.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of the Level 3 City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate (360), and then Level 3 City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diploma (720), will enable students to progress to Higher Education if desired, although students seeking a more academic course should also consider the Level 3 City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diploma (1080) in Horse Management which contains an additional six units compared to the 720 Diploma.

Myerscough is well known as one of the leading equine colleges in Britain. The facilities and expert knowledge of the tutors provide an ideal learning environment.

The lecturing staff are active in equine research, with a particular focus on equine performance and equine locomotion.

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 19 October 2017
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