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Equine Management (Level 3)

This study programme will provide you with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge required to succeed in the horse industry.  The Equine Centre has a wide range of horses for you to ride and care for, enabling you to develop your skills in a supportive environment. In addition, the range of subjects covered ensures you have a good understanding of health, welfare and behaviour, and will be able to apply this knowledge in your practical work.  The programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to progress into employment, higher education or further training within equine-related sectors. The College yard is set in an ideal environment, with two indoor schools and access to bridleways where our qualified, experienced teaching staff will help you develop your skills and knowledge.


I’ve ridden since I was three years old and have my own horse at home who I compete at British Dressage (BD) Elementary level. Once I’d finished my GCSEs, it was important for me to do something I would enjoy, and this study programme looked like it would open up plenty of opportunities in the industry.

You get to ride some really nice horses here at College and the facilities are great with two large indoor arenas. I’m also learning new things, such as all about rehabilitation therapy. I had never really looked into it before, but it is so interesting.

The support system here is fantastic; it makes me feel really happy coming here every day because the tutors are so great and always look for the best in everyone. I’d definitely recommend the College to others.

I’m looking forward to a three week work experience placement at Beverley Brightman’s [International Grand Prix dressage rider] yard. Once I complete the Level 3 I am hoping to get a job on a dressage yard and work my way up from there. In the future I may go off and look into rehabilitation as I have enjoyed learning about it here at College.

Amy - Equine Management Level 3

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need... 

Duration: 2 Years

  • 4 GCSEs at grades 9-4 including English and maths 
  • Equine Care at Level 2

If you want to take the riding option you will be required to participate in a riding assessment. Please note that the riding centre has a 13 stone weight limit.

Course content

This study programme will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the equine industry, and you will develop skills in three areas: practical horse management, science, and business including event management.  Practical aspects will include stable management skills, fitting tack and equipment and preparing horses for presentation. There will also be a focus on science, to include biological systems, health, fitness and nutrition. There are both riding and non-riding options available.

Mandatory units:

  • 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
  • Working and training horses from the ground
  • The principles of equitation
  • Contribute to managing an equine event
  • The principles of horse fitness
  • Business management in the land-based sector

Optional units:

  • The principles of competition grooming
  • The principles of horse rehabilitation and therapy
  • Introduction to equestrian coaching
  • Riding horses on the flat
  • English and maths:
    If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills. 
  • Work experience:
    You will be required to participate in weekend yard duties every third week to enable you to develop and apply practical skills in a realistic working environment. There will be a two week work placement with a suitable equestrian provider to give valuable experience within sectors of the industry you may wish to work
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications.
    You will have the opportunity to work with and learn from industry professionals through visits, guest speakers and webinars throughout your study programme.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed by a variety of methods including assignments, presentations and practical assessments. There are externally set and marked assessments for the mandatory units. This includes three externally set and moderated assignments, four externally set, externally marked exams, sat under examination conditions  and a portfolio of evidence.


Equine Care & Management City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma

Plus English and maths qualifications if required

You can also gain up to 168 UCAS points.

Further study and career options

On successful completion of this study programme you could progress to higher education to study an equine-related subject. Alternatively, you could go on to work in the equine industry, where there are a diverse range of jobs available. You could also progress on to the Animal Management Foundation Degree (FdSc) here at College. 

Additional information

If commuting to Shuttleworth College will be difficult for you, then you can choose to live in our halls of residence on campus. Priority is given to those who live the furthest distance from the College so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment. Visit our accommodation page for more information -

You may have to pay up to £200 for protective clothing unless you already have them. This will include boots, hat, body protector and gloves etc. You may have to pay £580 to attend an optional educational study tour. 

Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at

Course Information & How to Apply

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateFees per yearLocationCourse Code
2 years 13/09/2021 Launch our fee calculatorFree if 16-18yrs. Are you 19+?
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