Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management

This BTEC course provides excellent preparation for those wishing to pursue a career in the equine industry or progress onto higher education. The course is taught using the practical facilities at Enniskillen Campus.

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Course content
The main areas of study are:
– Anatomy and physiology
– Breeding and young horse handling and training
– Business management
– Competition grooming
– Equitation – flat and jumping
– Horse behaviour and welfare
– Horse husbandry, stable and yard management
– Working horses from the ground

Progression opportunities and career destinations
This course may provide students with an opportunity to progress onto the Equine Foundation Degree or Honours Degree programmes. Students are ideally suited to find employment of a practical nature in a wide range of equine businesses. Examples of careers include: managing own business, breaking and schooling horses and/or livery; work riders in  racing yards; stud grooms; competition grooms and sales representatives.

Work placement

Students complete ten weeks of approved work placement within the two years of the course. Typically students work in a range of yards depending on their area of interest, for example breeding, racing, eventing, show jumping and dressage.

Entry Requirements

Normally four GCSE passes at Grade C or above including English and Mathematics.

Competency in horse riding is essential for those wishing to undertake riding options. Applicants must also demonstrate that they have a minimum of 40 hours of experience in the equine industry, which can be acquired prior to leaving school.