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British Horse Society Preliminary Instructor (BHSPI) Certificate *FEES PAYABLE* at Millfield School

Course description

Millfield offers the first professional coaching

qualification awarded within the equestrian industry

by the BHS (British Horse Society). Pupils are trained

in all aspects of horse care, riding and teaching,

according to the BHS syllabus.

The subject is examined in separate Care and Riding

sections in three Stages, BHS Riding & Road Safety,

plus the PTT (Preliminary Teaching Test) and is

timetabled as a Sixth form option. All examinations

are practically based and assessed by a nationally

recognised team of BHS/UKCC Assessors.


This course would be particularly attractive to pupils

who would like a career in the equine industry or

who would like to take their equine knowledge to

new heights.

Course content

Noted below are the sections covered in the BHSPI course:


British Horse Society Stage 1: consisting of

horse knowledge and care, riding a variety of

horses on the flat.


British Horse Society Riding and Road Safety



British Horse Society Stage 2: consisting of

horse knowledge, care, lungeing and riding a

variety of horses on the flat and over fences.


British Horse Society Stage 3: consisting of

horse knowledge, care, lungeing and riding a

variety of horses over fences, on the flat and

cross country.


British Horse Society Preliminary

Teaching Test: consisting of theory, class, lunge

and lead rein lessons.


• To gain the BHSAI Certificate, pupils will

complete a teaching portfolio after passing all

these certificates.

Entry requirements



The examinations require a natural aptitude

towards riding and an interest in teaching as well as

considerable dedication. Pupils need to be 17 years

of age to sit the BHS Stage 3, and 18 to sit the

Preliminary Teaching Test. Courses are tailored to

suit the individual pupil, but as a general guide they

will need to attend lessons for five to six terms to

have gained all the information and skills required.


Although the course does require good note-taking

skills and some allocated reading material, the exams

are all practically based with no written papers.

Classroom lessons play a significant part.

Financial information

ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be
 payable before submitting your application.

Further information

Pupils who already hold the Pony Club B Test are not

required to pass the BHS Stage 1 and 2 examinations

and can proceed straight to BHS Stage 3 level at the

age of 17 with GCSE passes.


The BHSPI has the potential for 105 UCAS points,

which are made up as follows:

Stage 3 Care = 35 points

BHS Stage 3 Riding = 35 points

BHS PTT = 35 points

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Millfield School directly.

Last updated date: 15 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years


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      Rail users may travel to Castle Cary (12 miles), Bath (30 miles), Bristol (29 miles) or Yeovil Junction (19 miles).

      By Road

      From the M5 leave the motorway at junction 23 and join the A39 eastwards. From the M3 leave the motorway at junction 8 and join the A303 westwards and then the B3151 for Millfield

      ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.