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.
1 to 2 years, full-time
Royal Borough of Greenwich Equestrian Skills and Riding Centre
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:
• 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
• 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
Duties: Morning, afternoon and weekend duties
are a vital and obligatory part of this course.
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.
SPECIALIST EQUIPMENT NEEDED
In addition to standard College equipment, students
will need a BSI approved riding hat, riding boots,
gloves, jodhpurs, plain navy blue jumper, sweatshirt
and polo shirts, whip and a grooming kit.
If the riding option is selected, students may choose
to wear a back/body protector.
In year 2 students will also need a shirt and tie, show/
hacking jacket and a body protector is mandatory for
cross country riding.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
Competition centres, yards, research centres, feed manufacturers, event management agencies, equine welfare organisations, riding schools, racing yards, studs and equine veterinary clinics
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.