This programme aims to provide the student with the fundamentals of equine training, development and management, setting foundations for a successful career. The learner will gain skills, knowledge and practical experience in horse knowledge and care including yard and estate management. Biomechanical effects of exercise and injuries will be studied and scientific knowledge applied in a practical context to the development of the performance horse. 

Experience will be provided in the management of equine breeding stock and commercial stud practice. This qualification provides an essential broad base to the theoretical knowledge and practical experience needed for working in the equine industry and includes compulsory work experience.

Teaching and Assessment Methods

 Teaching methods are tailored to the subject area and the aims and learning outcomes of the particular modules studied. These include practical’s, group activities, lectures, workshops, problem solving, tutorials, e-learning seminars, external visits and guest speakers.

Students will demonstrate their knowledge, skills and abilities through a range of assessment methods to enhance the learning experience and reward valuable workplace skills. Assessment methods may include laboratory reports, essays, practical observation, reflective journals, literature reviews, case studies, presentations, debates, written examinations, project and peer review.

Programme Content: 

Year 1 

  • HE Academic Skills
  • Workplace Dynamics and Performance
  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Care and Management of the Horse
  • Equitation
  • Equine Behaviour

 Year 2

  • Work-based Research Project
  • Equine Health, Injury and Disease
  • Care of the Performance Horse
  • Equestrian Event Planning)
  • Equine Welfare Perspectives
  • Equine Breeding and Genetics

Equipment Required:

  • Riding Helmet - to meet current British Standards for dressage (fixed peaks allowed and jumping (no fixed peaks) - See advice from Beta
  • Body Protector- BETA Purple Label
  • Riding / Show / Teaching and Coaching wear 
  • Jodphurs (Beige, Cream, Canary or White) for competitions
  • Jodphurs (Navy, black, brown) for general yardwork/practicals
  • Black/Navy or Tweed Jacket
  • Riding shirt x 2 – 1 x long sleeved 1xshort sleeved
  • Long riding boots or Jodphur Boot and Gaiters
  • Hairnet
  • Stock with pin or tie
  • Schooling whip
  • Jumping stick
  • Spurs – no rowels
  • Gloves – white, black or brown
  • Other College branded clothing (available to purchase online)
  • Coaching course top (will be provided)
  • Coaching Base Layers
  • Riding Gillet
  • College White Numnah (will) be provided
  • Jumper

Entry Requirements

  • 64 UCAS credits
  • GCSEs in Maths, English and Science at grade C or above
  • Mature students and students already employed will need a range of qualifications including or equivalent to A-Levels or Access Course
  • Prior work and learning experiences will be taken into account, accredited and considered at interview stage.

Students with English as a foreign language: Applications from students from all backgrounds are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, listening, speaking and reading).

Our recognised English Language qualifications include:

  • ESOL
  • IELTS: 6 overall (minimum of 5.5 in any component)

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Upon successful completion of this Foundation Degree students can top up to a full Honours Degree at Easton Campus. Alternatively students will be well equipped with industry skills to meet demand in the workplace.

'Past graduates have been employed as riding instructors, yard managers, completion grooms, stud management and event management

Further Information

This programme is validated by the University of East Anglia.


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