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Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Equine Management

Course Level: 

Level 3

Job opportunities after this course: 

This two-year qualification exposes you to the whole industry, and the opportunities within it. On completion, it is likely that you will enter the industry by working on a yard, within a stud, or perhaps a business such as a store, or feed merchant, tack shop or another company/business allied to the equine industry such as a welfare organisation. As you will have gained a breadth and depth of skills and knowledge
over a very wide range of units, you could progress within work to become a:
• Retail saddlery management trainee
• Apprentice saddler or saddle fitter
• Country store management trainee
• Event manager
• Administrator or junior management trainee in a range of equestrian related businesses
• Yard office manager
• Yard manager
• Stud supervisor
• Work rider
• Trainee coach
• Travelling groom
• Clinical assistant (veterinary)

Overview of the course: 

This qualification gives you the opportunity to learn about and build on the essentials of working with horses, such as stable yard operations, horse health care, feeding and nutrition and fitting and evaluating tack and equipment. You will develop further practical skills such as working and exercising horses from the ground, horse presentation skills (grooming, clipping, trimming and plaiting) and you will also learn about horse biology and horse behaviour and welfare. You will also gain the skills to be able to undertake event management and you will also gain knowledge and understanding about the principles of equitation. You will gain an understanding of business skills which are important for progression into a wide and diverse range of employment opportunities.
This qualification will also equip you with a wider range of more specialist skills and knowledge such as riding on the flat and over fences, grassland management, horse rehabilitation and therapy, riding and exercising horses, competition grooming, coaching and planning lessons. You could also learn about retail management or business improvements.

Entry requirements: 

Direct Entry
5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English, maths & Science.
All candidates will undertake a equestrian skills test which will be considered alongside academic entry criteria.
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.
In line with most BHS approved Riding Schools, there is a 14 stone weight limit for the riding units in this qualification. Alternative units are offered and this will not impact chances of achieving the qualification.

Progressive Entry
Level 2 Technical Certificate achieved at a Merit. Either GCSE maths or English achieved at Grade 4 or above, with the other subject achieved at a minimum of grade 3.

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 accessible 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 include:
Health & Safety
Horse Health
Feeding & Nutrition
Exercising horses from the ground
Stable yard operations
Riding on the flat
Riding over fences
Event Management
Competition Grooming

How is the course assessed?: 

Year 1
One external set, externally marked exam.
One externally set, externally moderated synoptic assessment (combining theory and practical)
Specialist unit assignments
150 hours Industry Placement

Year 2 One external set, externally marked exam.
One externally set, externally moderated synoptic assessment (combining theory and practical)
Specialist unit assignments
One large specialist investigative project

Further study options after this course: 

Students completing the 2 year Extended Technical Diploma can progress to university to a range of degrees including BSc Equine Science, BSc Equine Sports Rehabilitation & Therapy, MVetPhys Veterinary Physiotherapy, BSc Equine Business Management.

Length of the course: 

1 Year of full time study with the expectation to move onto the second year Extended Diploma.


Houghall Campus, Durham

When does the course start: 

September 2021


Fees for this course are;

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

Free if you are aged 19-23 on 31st August 2021 and do not already have a full Level 3 qualification – contact us to check your qualifications

Loan funded if you already have a full level 3 qualification or are aged 24 and over on 31st August 2021 - contact us to check your qualifications and for details of how to apply for an Adult Learner loan, which you won’t have to start repaying until you earn over £25,725 per annum.

Alternatively you may self fund the course. If you need to pay fees they are:


*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

*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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