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

Course Level: 

Level 1

Job opportunities after this course: 

Following completion of this course you may gain employment in the land-based sector, e.g. assistant equine groom or progress to the level 2 diploma in horse care or study and work by completing an equine apprenticeship.

Overview of the course: 

You will cover a mixture of theory and practical activities and will work to collect evidence throughout the year of the skills that you are gaining. This work will then be used to build a portfolio of evidence for the course. The Houghall equine unit and surrounding estate provides the ideal environment for you to gain practical skills and knowledge and also gives you the opportunity to develop essential employability skills.

Entry requirements: 

4 x GCSEs at Grade 3 or above Must include Maths or English. The course is a mixture of written work and practical assessments. Due to the practical nature of the compulsory course assessments, you must be physically able to carry out practical tasks by yourself after proper training.

Entry onto any course at East Durham College is subject to final approval from the Assistant Principal. Where relevant, the term ‘entry requirements’ also includes DBS checks, references, fitness to practice, etc. East Durham College's Houghall Campus is committed to providing a supportive and welcoming environment for all our students. The campus, some of which is over 80 years old, has seen over £40m invested in new facilities over the last 4 years. However, there are still some aspects of the site which are not fully accessible and would cause an issue for those with limited mobility or wheelchair users; and due to the nature of the site, adjustments may not always be reasonable at this stage. The College is committed to further investment and improvements of the site, as we work towards ensuring the campus is as assessible as possible. If you have limited mobility or are a wheelchair user and wish to undertake a course at the Houghall Campus, please contact Student Services on 0191 375 4710 in the first instance to discuss your needs and options.

Our entry requirements are in place to support our students in achieving the qualifications they have chosen to study. Following changes in the assessment and grading of GCSE’s as a result of Covid-19, all new full-time students will be regularly assessed by East Durham College at an early stage in their study programme. This is to ensure that students are enrolled onto courses which suit their abilities – following assessment, there may be occasions when learners are transferred to a relevant course at a higher or lower level in order to ensure they are enrolled onto the right course for them to achieve success.

Topics: 

Topics covered in the course: Maths & English, Health and safety and safe working practices, Work experience, Assisting with the following: feeding and watering, maintaining health, preparing accommodation, preparing fro exercise, and exercising horses under supervision.

How is the course assessed?: 

You will be assessed throughout the course through written tasks and practical activities. There is also a multiple choice test on safe working and health and safety.

Further study options after this course: 

Level 2 Technical Diploma in Equine/Animal Care/Land & Wildlife/Agriculture

You must achieve a minimum grade of Merit in this qualification and a GCSE in Maths OR English at grade 4 to progress to a Level 2 Technical qualification. Learners who do not meet the maths & English may be offered an alternative qualification.

Length of the course: 

1 Year programme - Full time.

Campus: 

Houghall Campus, Durham

When does the course start: 

September 2021

Fees: 

Free if you are under the age of 19 on the 31st August 2021

Free if you are under 25 on the 31st August 2021 with a statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan

Free if you are aged 19-23 on 31st August 2021 and do not already have a full Level 2 qualification – contact us to check your qualifications

Free if you are unemployed and in receipt of eligible benefits – contact us to check if you are eligible

Free if you are employed and your income is less than £17,004

If you do not meet the above criteria and need to pay fees they are:

£1834.50

Flexible payment options are available, please speak to Student Services.

*you must have been a legal resident of the UK/EU for the last 3 years

City & Guilds Group Bursaries
C&G run their own bursary programme to help people who are financially unable to complete one of their qualifications. They award bursaries twice a year for people who wish to study for a City & Guilds qualification, but lack the funds. Their bursaries are grants that cover costs arising as a result of taking one of their qualifications which can include course and/or exam fees, learning materials, travel and childcare. For more detail on the criteria and how to apply, please visit https://www.cityandguildsgroup.com/bursaries

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (21 Sep 2021 14:15) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

How to apply: 

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Alternatively, if you need assistance with your application or you would like to apply over the phone or using a paper-based application form, please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.

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