If you are mad about horses and would love a job in the equine industry then our courses can open up a wide range of career options for you. Whether that’s the welfare, husbandry and supervision of horses in a stable or livery, training thoroughbred racehorses, coaching and breeding, or being a jockey, show jumper or support technician, we can help you achieve your goal every step of the way.
We offer three options for you to start your studies in equine management depending on your GCSE results. Our Level 3 courses are equivalent to A-levels and offer you the choice of university study or employment on successful completion of your course.
Our Duchy campus is home to two indoor arenas, a large outdoor arena, a weighbridge, horse walker, wash down and solarium facilities, as well as industry standard equipment and technology. Assessments at Duchy include external exams.
In Devon our Bicton College campus is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty and includes an indoor and outdoor arena, two industry standard teaching rooms, judging areas, two full sets of show jumps, weighbridge, solarium and walker, plus two separate yards. You will be continually assessed throughout your course, with no exams at the end.
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You intend to work with horses and are well motivated with good riding and interpersonal skills.
Five GCSEs at grade C or 5, including English and maths or another relevant qualification.
During this two-year course you will study theoretical and practical training in all areas of riding, training, teaching riding, managing yards and caring for horses, you will monitor and plan animal feeding, learn how to prepare horses for presentation and study the principles of animal biology.
To do yard duties on a regular basis which will include weekends and supervisory work. You will have to pay for any BHS exam fees and for your own riding equipment.
You will become actively involved in our commercial livery yards and will be given the opportunity to enhance your employment prospects by taking British Horse Society exams. The second year of this course has a strong theoretical base where you will be encouraged to develop an investigative approach in preparation for university study.
Industry standard facilities available on campus including indoor arenas, solariums and horse walkers.
We have fantastic links with employers in both riding and non-riding setting.
University study such as our FdSc Equitation Training & Behaviour or employment within the equine industry.
Careers in this industry
- Competition yard groom
- Stud yard manager
- Riding instructor
- Competition rider
- Sports horse trainer
- Horse behaviourist
- Horse welfare assistant
- Horse welfare manager
Megan Morran Jeffs Equine Management Level 3Megan is from Surrey and, after looking at a range of colleges around the UK, chose Duchy College to study horses as it seemed like the perfect place for her.
"The facilities here are amazing and there is a wide range of horses to ride. The riding lessons are really helpful and I’ve improved loads within the two years. If you are thinking of studying at Duchy College make sure you get involved in everything that goes on and don’t miss out on any opportunities that come your way. On completion of my studies I will be going back to Surrey to work at a riding school and hope to compete more.”
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.