Equine Studies


Course Title: Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Equine Management
Course Code: EQ220

Department: Equine Studies
Course Type: Full time

If you have the drive and passion to work in the equine industry or move towards Higher Education in your near future and you want to gain outstanding knowledge and skills in all aspects of horse care, management and riding, then this is the course for you. The course offers the perfect balance between theory and practical based learning working alongside experienced and highly qualified staff. It is a two year course, it is equivalent to three A levels, and this exciting study programme ensures you can leave Kingston Maurward College with internationally recognised qualifications in the equine industry.
Students undertake two weeks external work experience in industry in both years, which allows students the opportunity to gain valuable experience with a wide range of specialist employment providers. Students are actively involved in weekly yard duties caring for the horses, on a rota basis, at Manor Stables, to develop and enhance vital practical skills needed for the course and employment in industry. Students develop supervisory and teamwork skills regarding the running our yard and all students are fully immersed in our commercial activities which includes assisting with running our equine competitions and riding school on duty weekends.
As a British Horse Society (BHS) examination centre, students also have the opportunity to take BHS exams (additional cost involved. )We actively encourage the students to take these additional assessments in order to gain further internationally recognised qualifications alongside their study programme which increases employment opportunities and strengthens their CV when ready to progress for life after Kingston Maurward.
Throughout the course, whenever possible, there are visits from guest speakers, industry experts, masterclasses and trips to a variety of equine establishments and also events, for example, Badminton Horse trials and Olympia to just name a few.



C&G Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Equine Management (1080)

Course Content

Year 1: Principles of health and safety, Undertake and review work related experience in the land-based industries, Undertake stable yard operations, Equine health, Horse tack and equipment, Biological systems of horses, Prepare horses for presentation, Equine feeding and nutrition, Horse behaviour and welfare, Exercising horses

Year 2: The principles of competition grooming, Working and training horses form the ground, The principles of equitation, Contribite to managing an equine event, The principles of horse fitness, Business management in the land-based sector, Riding horses on the flat, Riding horses over fences, Introduction to equestrian coaching

Yard duties on a rota basis at Manor stables throughout both years
Two weeks external work experience each year

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade 4/C or above including English, maths and science. A determination to succeed, passion for the equine industry and the drive to work hard academically and practically. Riding ability to at least BHS Stage 1 standard on the flat and experience riding over short tracks of fences at 70cm. The Equine Academy has a weight limit of 85kg (13 stones 5llbs) for all riders.

Next Steps

Intermediate/Advanced Apprenticeship in Equine Higher Education

Career Opportunities

Yard supervisor Retail saddlery management trainee Apprentice saddler/Saddle fitter Country store management trainee Event manager Administrator/Junior management trainee in a range of equestiran related businesses Yard office manager Assistant Yard manager Work rider Trainee coach Equine Welfare Assistant Travelling groom Clinical assistant (veterinary) You may also wish to become self-employed, and undertake roldes usch as a freelance groomor breaking and training yound horses A responsible and challenging career in the equine industry in the UK or abroad, progression to university or, with further training, a variety of therapeutic careers are attainable.

Dates & Fees

Start Date End Date Start Time End Time Mode of Attendance Days of the Week No of sessions
07-Sep-20 24-Jun-22 9.15 a.m. 4.45 p.m. Full time Mon, Tues, Thu
Total Fee Full Cost Total Fee 19-23 Total Fee 24+

Additional Costs

Kingston Maurward College Equine Uniform which includes polo shirts, sweatshirts and jackets, which is worn at all times whilst at college. Contribution to study trips BHS exams entry costs, which is optional for those who wish to gain another internationally recognised qualification alongside their vocational studies

Location & Contact Details


Kingston Maurward College Main Campus | Directions


Course Helpline 01305 215215

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Materials Required

Basic stationery - pens, pencils, A4 lever arch files, ruler, eraser and back pack. Riding hat PAS 015 navy or black cover, body protector BS1,hairnets for hair longer than collar length, schooling whip and jump whip. Navy yard overalls, waterproof trousers and steel toe capped wellington or yard boots. Navy, black or brown jodhpurs or breeches (no leggings or running tights), black or brown long leather riding boots or jodhpur boots and leather gaiters. Suitable navy or black base layers for cold weather. Plaiting kit.


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