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C&G Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Equine Management

Course Level: 

Level 3

Job opportunities after this course: 

Following successful completion of this course you may be able to pursue a career in the land-based sector as a yard supervisor, equine veterinary nurse, event, show jump or dressage groom, , RSPCA inspector or retail assistant in a tack shop. Progression to an apprenticeship in the horse care industry may also be an option to enable you to gain more experience working hands-on. This course is also a great route into higher education and degree courses such as equine management, equine science, equine behaviour and welfare, equine business management and veterinary nursing.

Overview of the course: 

The course runs over 2 years with successful completion of year 1 resulting in you achieving a Level 3 subsidiary diploma in horse management. The second year ensures you will gain credits to achieve the Level 3 extended diploma in horse management. You will cover a mixture of theory and practical topics and get hands-on experience working on the Houghall equine unit. The equine unit houses a range of horses suitable for beginners to more advanced riders. You will have the opportunities to work with the full range of horses and learn how to look after horses correctly in a commercial setting.

Entry requirements: 

Direct Entry: At least five GCSEs ay grade 4-5 or above including maths, English and science.
Progressive entry: Level 2 diploma in horse care at merit or above with a distinction grade in horse biology and a minimum of level 1 maths and English. Attendance at 85%+ for previous year and satisfactory standards of behaviour.


Topics covered in the course include:
Year 1 (Subsidiary Diploma) - Animal health, animal biology, work-related experience, business, riding, event management, yard management, presentation of horses, and ground schooling.
Year 2 (Extended Diploma) - Anatomy and physiology, nutrition, behaviour, riding - jumping, horse tack and equipment, estate skills and equine teaching.

How is the course assessed?: 

You will be assessed throughout the course through a series of assignments, practical assessments, written tests, and presentations.

Further study options after this course: 

Following successful completion of this course you may be able to progress into higher education at an institute specialising in equine related degrees.

Length of the course: 

1 Year, full time. You may complete a second year and move on to the Extended Diploma. There is an additional fee for year 2.


Houghall Campus, Durham

When does the course start: 

September 2018

More important information about this course:


Fees for this course are: £4425.00

If you have been a UK resident for the past 3 years and are under the age of 19 on the 31st August, you will not usually need to pay any course fees.

If you are aged 19-23 on the day your main course starts and do not have a level 3 or above qualification you may not have any fees to pay.

If you do have a level 3 or above qualification or you are aged 24 years or over on the day your main course starts you may be able to take out an Advanced Learning Loan to pay for this course.

Fees may apply for equipment costs for all students, however financial help may be available. Further information will be sent to you closer to enrolment in August if you are accepted on to the course.
*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (18 Jul 2018 11:10) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.
Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.
98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve

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