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Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management (BTEC)

Closed now for new entries.

This Exciting course is suitable for those with existing knowledge of, and or experience with horses, although it is not necessary to own your own horse.

Equivalent to 3 A Levels and 360 UCAS points on Distinction (420 on D*), this course provides for those serious about a career with Horses or indeed wishing to move on to an equine degree course at university. 


2 Years – attending 3 days a week  plus an additional 300 hours of work experience.

Entry requirements:

Applicants will be 16 to 18 years of age and have both :

  • 4 GCSE’s - A* to C to include English, Maths and ideally one Science.and have
  • Good practical Equine experience  - There will be a Ridden assessment as part of the interview.
  • Alternatively a Btec level 2 Horse Care Diploma at Merit Level together with excellent attendance and commitment.

Aims of the Course

To provide a broad range of subjects within a learning and working environment  to maximise student’s suitability for the equine industry or for entry to an Equine degree course at University. Students will learn important underpinning knowledge in subject areas including science as well as developing practical and supervisory skills in riding and coaching techniques. Student’s confidence will grow riding a range of well schooled horses, over fences and on the flat.  Working in small groups will allow maximum support for all students to ensure that they can achieve their best potential grades . This is backed up by a comprehensive and wide reaching work experience program arranged within the centre to support the ‘Learning’ modules.

Work experience:

300 hours Work experience is required. This is arranged and provided by Callum Park and is on the same site. Students participate in Riding school activities and events,  Pony Club supervision, working in the Tack  shop, supporting Riding tuition time tables , set tasks to oversee safety and condition of tack and equipment, supporting school trips visiting the centre,  supporting external competitions & clinics held at the campus. Such wide ranging duties will greatly enhance the student’s practical knowledge and experience.

The course is made up of the following core units:
Animal health | Work experience | Horse tack & equipment | Feeding | Horse presentation | Stable & yard management | Principles of animal biology | Anatomy & Physiology.
and in addition we deliver the following selected units:
Horse behaviour & welfare | Working horses from the ground | Principles of fitness -|Prepare & care for competition horses | Riding and exercizing horses | Riding on the flat | Riding over fences | Priniples of equitation | Business management | Equestrian teaching | Manage an equine event.

Method of Assessment

Through a variety of practical assessments, observations, written work, questions, tests, posters, log books, journals, reports and presentations. Students should plan to undertake additional private study each day to complete assignment work.


This Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels and up to 360 UCAS points. A dedicated Careers advisor will signpost routes to Higher Education or advise on employment opportunities within the Equine sector. Capable students may be offered part time work in the Riding school alongside their studies and on completion may even be offered a full time position.

Equipment and uniform

BSI approved riding hat, jodhpurs, whip, gloves, water proof clothing and footwear suitable for yard work, riding boots and a Body Protector. Course Sweatshirts and polo shirts are purchased from our Tack shop. A full grooming kit and personal stationary. A detailed list will be provided prior to commencement and items purchased through our Tack shop receive a student discount.

Entry process

We regret that we can accept no further applications for this course.