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Level 1 Diploma in Land-Based Studies (Horse Care)

Equestrian Studies
Equestrian Studies
Equestrian Studies

This highly practical course is an ideal starting point for those students with some practical experience of working with horses. Through working in the College yard, your understanding of horse care and welfare will be broadened and you will learn how to correctly handle and look after a variety of horses.

Course Duration:

Full Time

College Attendance:

1 year, 3-4 days a week.

Campus

Hadlow Campus

Royal Borough of Greenwich Equestrian Skills and Riding Centre

Course Content:

  • Safe and effective work practices in land based industries
  • Develop performance in land based industries
  • Assist with feeding and watering animals
  • Assist with the preparation of animal accommodation
  • Assist with the preparation for exercise and aftercare of horses
  • Maintain the health of horses
  • A choice of either:
    • Exercise horses under supervision
    • Assist with the handling and restraint of horses
  • Functional skills/GCSE - English and Maths

Assessment Method:

Short multiple choice examinations, plus a portfolio of evidence will be marked by an internal and external examiner.

Entry Requirements:

Minimum of 2 GCSEs at D - E / 3 – 2 Grade or equivalent (Entry level 3)

Additional Experience:

Students who wish to take the riding option will need at least three months experience of riding horses, and pass a riding assessment at the College prior to starting the course in September.

Progression Routes:

Successful students can further enhance their skills by enrolling onto a Level 2 course or, should they wish to, progress straight into the equine industry.

Additional Learning Opportunities:

Students may have the opportunity to undertake additional short qualifications as part of their course. These may include field trips to a variety of equine events and specialist equine centres. These are designed to support future careers.

Specialist Equipment Needed

In addition to standard college equipment, students will need a BSI approved riding hat, riding boots, gloves, jodhpurs, plain navy blue jumpers or sweatshirts, whip and a grooming kit. If the riding option is selected, students may choose to wear a back/bodyprotector.

Available Clothing

Equine Tie

Equine Jacket

Equine Polo Shirt

Equine Sweatshirt

Resources

  • 64 horses, a number of which are ex-competition, including foals and stallions
  • 2 indoor arenas, one of which is international size (35m x 60m)
  • Outdoor manege (40m x 50m)
  • Extensive cross country courses including water jumps, coffins and banks
  • Show jumping paddock and jumping lane
  • Horse weighbridge, high speed treadmill, horse walker and stocks
  • Science laboratories
  • Recognised competition and BHS examination centre

Typical Employers

Competition centres, yards, research centres, feed manufacturers, event management agencies, equine welfare organisations, riding schools, racing yards, studs and equine veterinary clinics.

Industry Links

Students at Hadlow receive a 5% discount at Speedgate Saddlery. Students also benefit from strong links with international competition riders, the Society of Master Saddlers, Ken Lyndon-Dykes and the partnership with Bell Equine veterinary practice.

Please note that all programme specifications and course modules are subject to annual change.

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