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Level 3 Diplomas In Horse Management

Equestrian Studies
Equestrian Studies
Equestrian Studies

Learning about the structure and function of a horse’s various systems, and how these systems affect its health and performance, students broaden their knowledge of horse care as well as gaining an understanding of business practices and procedures. Through working in the College yard, you will benefit from opportunities to develop your practical and supervisory skills. You will be involved in all aspects of the daily care, handling, training and management of a variety of horses. At the end of the course you should have a fully rounded view of the equine industry and the ability to work in a range of professional equine establishments.

Course Duration:

Full Time

College Attendance:

Extended Diploma - 2 years (available at Hadlow only).

90 Credit Diploma - 1 year.

5 days a week, 34 weeks per year plus work experience.

During year 1 (90 Credit and Extended Diploma) students work 1 weekend in every 4, and perform early morning or afternoon duties each weekday.
During year 2 (Extended Diploma) management duties take place every 4th week which includes a whole week of both morning and afternoon duties as well as a weekend.


Hadlow Campus

Royal Borough of Greenwich Equestrian Skills and Riding Centre

Course Content:

Year 1 Extended Diploma and 90 Credit

  • Understand and promote animal health
  • Plan and monitor animal feeding
  • Prepare horses for presentation
  • Undertake stable and yard management
  • Understand animal anatomy and physiology
  • Understand the principles of animal biology
  • Select, fit and evaluate horse tack equipment
  • Understand the principles of equitation
  • Undertake and review work-related experience
  • A choice of either:
    • Understand the principles of animal nutrition
    • Riding and exercising horses
  • Functional skills/GCSE - English and Maths (if required)

Year 2 Extended Diploma

  • Understand and apply the principles of horse fitness
  • Contribute to managing an equine event
  • Understand the principles of horse
  • Behaviour and welfare
  • Business management in the land based sector
  • Understand the principles of horse rehabilitation and therapy
  • Working horses from the ground
  • Understand the principles and practices of an equine stud or Undertake equestrian teaching
  • Investigative project or Riding horses on the flat
  • Introduction to the principles of young horse handling, training and backing

Assessment Method:

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

Entry Requirements:

180 Credit Diploma
Minimum of 5 GCSEs grades A*- C / 9 - 4 or equivalent (Level 2 Diploma at Merit), which must include GCSEs in English AND maths A*- C / 9 – 4 Grade

90 Credit Diploma
Minimum of 4 GCSEs A*- C / 9 - 4 Grade or equivalent (Level 2 Diploma at Merit), which must include GCSE in English OR maths A*- C / 9 – 4 Grade
- Progression route: 180 Credit Diploma level 3

Additional Experience:

Some experience of handling horses is required. Students who wish to take the riding option will need at least 6 months experience of riding horses and pass a riding assessment at the College prior to starting in September.

Progression Routes:

Successful students can progress into higher education with the FdSc or BSc (Hons) programmes. Alternatively they can pursue a career in the equine industry at a technical or supervisory position or be able to start their own business.

Additional Learning Opportunities:

Students will have the opportunity to undertake additional short qualifications as part of their course and vocational qualifications such as the BHS examinations. These are designed to support future careers and are highly recognised by industry.

Additional Industry Experiences:

Students benefit from field trips to a variety of equine events. In the past these have included the Royal International Horse Show, Newmarket and the Badminton Horse Trials.
Students also get the opportunity to compete or help at College run shows using our horses and resources.

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

Although I initially enrolled in my school sixth-form to study A-Levels, I wasn’t 100% happy. I knew I wanted a career I could enjoy and this course seemed to offer something that was fun and interesting, as well as help me where I wanted to eventually go. I really enjoy the practical skills which we are taught. I learn by ‘doing’ and here I am able to do that and given as much help as I need – everything is there for you, the facilities, additional learning support and advice from the lecturers. There has never been a time when I’ve needed something and it’s not here. Being here has helped me improve all aspects of my knowledge and understanding of equine management. I am a lot more confident, have made some great friends and have gained some great experiences to help me decide where to go with my life. Although I am now moving on to a degree in Equestrian Sports Science I will definitely stay in touch.

Shannon Taylor


  • 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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