City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Suite (Certificate, Diploma or Extended Diploma) in Equine Management

About the course

The College provides opportunities to study at level 3 (A level equivalent) to students who wish to develop a comprehensive understanding of animal and equine science in relation to equine management. This encompasses practical techniques, academic knowledge and technical skills. It is a popular option for both school leavers and successful Level 2 Diploma students. This course offers students either a direct route into industry in a practical setting or a valid route into Higher Education with the opportunity to achieve a maximum of 168 UCAS points on completion with a distinction profile. The course incorporates a mix of practicals, classroom lectures, industry visits and case study exercises.

During the Level 3 Advanced Technical Suite students will gain practical experience in riding, working horses from the ground, yard duties, preparation for presentation and horse tack and equipment.

Course modules

Year 1

Principles of Health and Safety

This unit aims to provide you with an understanding of the principles of health and safety and identify how these can be applied in practice within land-based or related industries. You will be able to recognise common health and safety practices and processes which you will encounter within the workplace. The land-based sector has one of the worst fatal accident records of any major industrial sector and a lack of basic training and/or competency is often a contributory factor.

Undertake and Review Work Related Experience in the Land-based Industries

The aim of this unit is to give you the skills needed to identify, participate in and review work experience in the environmental and land-based sector. You will examine career and progression opportunities within the environmental and land-based sector. You will develop skills in understand and progressing through the application process. There will be a focus on interpersonal skills and you will have the opportunity to present evidence of your achievements through the unit.

Undertake Stable and Yard Operations

This unit aims to provide you with an understanding of the principles of stable yard operations and how these can be applied in practice. The unit will enable you to plan, carry out and manage a range of activities on the yard. You will be able to produce daily work routines and manage the work of others on the yard. You will also be able to undertake health care checks, including assessing the condition of horse’s feet and shoes, and produce preventative care treatment schedules. You will be able to apply skills to care for and manage stable and grass kept horses.

Equine Health

The purpose of this unit is to provide you with an understanding of the principles of equine health. You will be able to recognise the signs of good and ill health in equines and evaluate these as indictors of health. You will carry out health checks on equines and produce equine health plans. The structure and role of pathogenic organisms will be examined in addition to prevention and treatment of a range of diseases and disorders covered. You will be able to carry out routine and non-routine treatments for equines.

Horse Tack and Equipment

This unit aims to provide you with an understanding of the principles of horse tack and equipment and how these can be applied in practice. The aim of this unit is to provide you with the skills to be able to carry out the fitting and evaluation of horse tack and equipment. You will be able to fit and evaluate the fit of saddles, bridles, rugs, bandages, boots and other equipment. You will also develop and understanding of the requirements of different disciplines and of the effects of a range of training aids.

Prepare Horses for Presentation

The purpose of this unit is to provide you with an understanding of the principles of horse presentation and how these can be applied in practice. The aim of this unit is to provide you with the skills to be able to carry out the preparation of horses for public presentation. The unit will prepare you to go on and continue to practice and improve these skills if they progress. You will develop skills in clipping and trimming horses to improve their appearance and present them appropriately.

Working and Training Horses from the Ground

The purpose of this unit is for you to have an understanding of the principles of working horses from the ground and how these can be applied in practice. The aim of this unit is to develop your practical skills in traditional methods of schooling from the ground, whilst developing an understanding of contemporary approaches to training from the ground. This unit is largely practically based and you will work horses on the lunge as well as understand how to use alternative methods to exercise. You will also develop your skills in assessing and improving horses when working them from the ground.

Exercising Horses

This unit aims to provide you with an understanding of the principles of riding and exercising horses and how these can be applied in practice. The aim of the unit is to enable you to exercise horses safely under saddle. Whilst you are required to follow instructions, on completion of this unit you will be able to ride a horse in the arena, in the open and on a road. The learner will also be able to ride through a jumping grid, and jump a short course of small fences.

Biological Systems of Horses

e purpose of this unit is to develop your understanding of the structure and function of the horses’ biological systems. The aim is that by the end of this unit, you will be able to apply an understanding of adaptations to the structure and function of the biological systems of the horse. You will be able to explain how and why specific traits arise. This unit is designed to provide you with knowledge of the anatomical and physiological systems of horses. You will be equipped with sound knowledge of the basis of how the horse’s body functions under normal conditions. You will examine the control mechanisms of the horse’s body and how the animal’s senses have adapted to their environment. (Advanced Technical Diploma 540 only)

Equine Feeding and Nutrition

The purpose of this unit is for you to develop your knowledge and understanding of Equine nutritional needs. You will be able to describe the function, digestion and absorption of the major nutrients. You will explore the nutritional values of different food types and be able to calculate the dietary requirements for horses at different life stages. This will be used this to design, monitor, record and evaluate feeding regimes. You will also investigate nutritionally responsive disorders, the effect these have on animals and the impact on their dietary requirements. (Advanced Technical Diploma 540 only)

Horse Behaviour and Welfare

This unit aims to provide you with an understanding of the principles of horse behaviour and welfare. The aim of this unit is to develop your knowledge and understanding of the horse’s natural instincts and behaviour and the effects of domestication you will also be able to recognise and determine the cause of stereotypical behaviour. The evolution of the horse will also be examined. You will also observe horse behaviour, record the results and analyse the findings. By the end of the unit you will know how to promote the welfare of horses. (Advanced Technical Diploma 540 only)

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

Applicants for all courses in Equine Studies are expected to show a strong commitment to the industry and provide a strong personal statement on the application form.

For learners with 4 GCSEs including English Language at Grade C, the Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate (360) has 7 units (60 Credits) of study. If they wish to continue to study there is an option of doing a further 6 units (60 Credits) in their second year on the Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma in Equine Management (720).

Applicants with at least 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above including English Language, Maths and Science or course specific (which could include Chemistry, Combined Science, Biology, Physics or PE etc.) will be able to apply for the Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma (540) (9 units), which continues in a second year to the Advanced Technical Diploma (1080) for a further 9 units, making 18 units in total.

Students will also receive training and assessment in a large range of additional qualifications, which will enhance their employability.

Learning and assessment

Optional Units

Study programmes are designed to be individualised to the needs of each student and we offer different optional units to cater for these needs.

The three riding units allow students to progressively develop their riding and training ability both in the saddle and from the ground on the flat and over fences. This route is practically demanding and we require students to be riding at BHS Stage 2 level for entry which would be assessed and discussed at the formal interview stage and once the course has started.
The working horses from the ground unit allows students to develop their ability to work a range of horses on the lunge, in long reins and loose. These are skills that are in high demand in the industry and will help anyone wishing to undertake the role of groom or backing young horses.
The young horse unit (year 2), allows students to become familiar with the art of working young horses from the ground and backing and training of young horses. The College has a minimum of four young horses each year that are specifically for the use of students undertaking this unit. Students work with the staff team and each other to back the young horses and train them in all aspects of ridden work.
The new businesses unit (year 2) allows students to develop the key skills of exploring new business initiatives within the land-based sector to ensure that any future business they operate will be able to take advantage of the current market status.

Assessment

Assessment of technical qualifications is a mixture of internal practical assessment of skills conducted by the teaching team, internal written assignments marked by the teaching team, an externally set synoptic examination that combines the knowledge and practical skills of all of the mandatory units, an external online exam that combines the knowledge of all mandatory units and an online health and safety exam. The assessments and exams are spread throughout the year.

Progression

On successful completion of the Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate (360) in Equine Management learners will be able to progress to a second year which, on successful completion, will provide the learners with a Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma in Equine Management (720) and the possibility of applying for Higher Education or moving into employment in the equine industry.

On successful completion of the Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma (540) in Equine Management learners will be able to progress to a second year which, on successful completion, will provide the learners with a Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma (1080) in Equine Management and the possibility of applying for Higher Education or moving into employment in the equine industry.

Careers

Opportunities within equine and the allied industries are currently very good. The City and Guilds Technical Qualifications provides the certification and experience for entry into the industry at an operational level with future prospects for management.

Workexperience

Students will gain work experience on the College Yard and at the Preston Centre will be required to attend weekend duties where they will care for the horses one weekend in five. A rota is produced at the start of the year with the students allocated weekend yard for the entire academic year. Students also work on the yard, looking after the college horses, one day per week within their normal timetabled hours.

All students are required to undertake a minimum of two weeks of external work experience placement as part of their course. Students will attend approved placement providers the week prior to Easter holiday and the first week of the Easter holiday. This is a core part of the course and ensures that all students are putting their skills into practice within the work place. Employers will complete an evaluation of each student in the work placement to contribute towards the assessment of that unit. Support is available to find a suitable placement and placements are checked prior to work experience commencing.

Equine Studies

The equine industry in the United Kingdom is expanding rapidly, with a turnover approaching £1 billion per year. It encompasses many different sectors, from racing, driving and endurance to dressage, horse trials and show jumping. These areas are supported by a large ancillary industry which provides extensive career opportunities.