Equine Management Level 3 Diploma


The horse industry is an exciting and dynamic work place with many different career paths. Wherever your interest in horses lies there will be many opportunities to promote a life long career that will be fulfilling, exciting and fun. You can choose to go into the horse industry upon leaving college or go on to study in higher education. You may choose to forge a career working with the horse directly or indirectly. You may choose to work in the UK or even travel and pursue a career in horses abroad. The opportunities are endless. You will be taught by a range of industry specialists who are enthusiastic about helping you achieve your goals. Some of the topics covered are biological systems, food and nutrition, behaviour and welfare, horse fitness, equine health, rehabilitation, stable and yard operations.

What will I study in Equine Management Level 3 Diploma?

You will study a variety of exciting modules.  Some of these will be theory based and taught in a classroom and some will be practical in nature and will be taught from the college yard.

Over the duration of the course, an example of the topics covered are:

Unit 301: Health and Safety

Unit 302: Work Experience

Unit 350: Undertake Stable and Yard Operations

Unit 351: Equine Health

Unit 532: Tack and Equipment

Unit 353; Biological Systems of the Horse

Unit 354;  Prepare Horses for Presentation

Unit 355; Equine Feeding and Nutrition

Unit 356: Horse Behaviour and Welfare

Unit 357:  Working Horses From the Ground

Unit 359; Contribute to Managing an Equine Event

Unit 360:  The Principles of Horse Fitness

Unit 363: The Principles of Competition Grooming

Unit 364:  Business Management in the Land Based Sector

Unit 372:  The Principles of Rehabilitation and Therapy.

Entry Requirements

At least five GCSEs at Grade 4, including three from the basket subjects.

How will I learn?

You will be required to complete 150 hours of work experience in your first year. This is where you will improve your practical horse care and knowledge to industry standards as well as improve more generic employability skills.

You will take part in a range of in class activities that include group work, research, course work and wider reading around the topics being studied.

You will undertake at least one taught practical day at the college yard as well as your practical work experience.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment in year 1 is the following:

Health and Safety Exam

Biological Systems of the Horse Exam

Theory 1 Exam

Synoptic Assessment which includes both practical and theoretical tasks.

Assessment in year 2 is the following:

Theory 2 Exam

Synoptic Assessment which includes both practical and theoretical tasks.

As well as these you will study a total of 5 optional units over the 2 years.  These are assessed by coursework.

Any trips?

The equine courses go on numerous trips and have several guest speakers.  Some examples of trips are:-

- Cheltenham Races

- Horse of the Year Show

- The London Horse Show (Olympia)

- Badminton

- Lambourn

Are there any costs involved?

You should expect some small costs for course booklets and stationery.

Some additional costs may be involved for trips, but these are mainly optional.

You will need to provide yourself with appropriate yard clothes and PPE equipment such as a BS approved riding hat.


Do i need previous horse experience?

 Whilst it isn't essential, most people will have some prior experience before taking this course.

Are there horses on the college site?

No, we take you by minibus, free of charge and within your college day, to the yard that we use.  This is situated about 20 mins away.

Do i need to have my own horse?

No, some students do have their own horse but many do not.

Where can i go with this qualification?

This qualification is a stand alone qualification that the industry recognises.  So should you wish to go into working with horses at the end of it, potential employers will recognise it.

It also has UCAS points which will enable you to progress to university.

In terms of career pathway, this is a very broad qualification in terms of subjects studied so will enable you to progress into the horse industry, wherever your interests lie.

Do we ride as part of the course?

We do not ride as a mandatory part of the course but can arrange this as an optional extra but a cost will be applied.

What equipment will i need?

Apart from usual college equipment such as paper, pens and a USB stick, you will need to ensure you have weather appropriate clothes, including footwear such as wellingtons - we work at the yard whatever the weather!

You will also need gloves, suitable yard boots and a riding hat that meets British Standards.

Available As

Extended Diploma
[168 UCAS pts. available]

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What can I do after I have taken this course?

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What the students say

I really enjoy the Equine Management course; the staff and students are really approachable and supportive. I hope to go to university after College and study Equine Science or Physio.

Lottie White