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Why choose a BTEC course ?

at the KEA

Student funding diminishes after 19 yrs of age so make sure you pick the right Equine course on leaving school - and don't get left behind !


BTEC Diplomas provide a practical, real-world approach to learning alongside a theoretical background, giving learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare themselves for employment or University.

Our BTEC Diplomas are Educational in principle but Practical by nature and are delivered in one of the most successful and commercial Stableyards in Kent - They are not to be confused with Work Based Learning or Apprenticeship schemes offered by some which will require you to work up to 5 days per week in return for 'on-the-Job' training !

BTEC Diplomas are highly regarded by Universities, Further Education Colleges and Employers. On successful completion of one of our  BTEC qualifications, learners can progress to employment or continue their learning within the same or related areas of study, in higher education, degree and professional development programs.

Studying a BTEC Diploma at The KEA allows you to leave behind the formal surroundings of school and enter a practical and 'Grown up' Learning environment without having to compromise on your Academic opportunities.


  Study years Min. credits GCSE Equiv A-Level Equiv UCAS Pass UCAS Merit UCAS Dist UCAS Dist *

How our BTEC courses compare

our BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care. 1 60 4          
our BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management. 2 180   3 120 240 360 420
Work based C&G Level 3 Diploma (by others) 2 64 - 83 Credit values vary due to subject choices - not all providers publicise -  ask provider
Apprenticeship schemes (by others) ? ? No credit values available - ask provider


BTEC Diplomas are more Academic than the 'Work Based Learning' ( old NVQ ) courses.  Our Modern BTEC Diplomas allow for a range of achievement from Pass to Merit to Distinction so you can work to your own level but won't find your Academic potential limited. So many of our students leave school and then find that they excel in a subject which they really enjoy studying. BTEC Diplomas offer the most Versatile qualifications available today so you'll always be one Step Ahead.

and - when studying our BTEC Diplomas you will complete all of the coursework necessary to enable you to take and pass the BHS Stage Exams, So -  BHS Training provided for FREE.

We will mentor and support you during your training and regardless of whether you achieve a Pass, Merit or a Distinction at Diploma we will ensure that you have done your very best and enjoyed your time with us.



We are too frequently asked to complete a student's studies because a course they commenced elsewhere did not fulfill their expectations. Unfortunately we often can't as Funding has expired, So - it is vitally important that you choose the right course at 16 or 17 - Don't leave your future to chance !