NPTC Diploma in Skills for Working Life Entry Level 3

About the course

This is an entry level course for adults and young people who are interested in working with horses and in the maintenance of the countryside. It is suitable for students with moderate learning difficulties and / or disabilities. The award is offered at Entry Levels 2 and 3. It will provide students with the basic practical skills and underpinning knowledge to access employment or progress to further training. It will also help develop common, social and interpersonal skills and widen life experiences through integration into College life.

Course modules

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Preparing for work

Horse care



Myerscough skills (literacy and numeracy)

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

Students need to be over 16 and have a genuine interest in the practical aspects of the course. No previous qualifications are required but students must have some knowledge of horses and previous contact with them. The College provides support for those who have learning difficulties and disabilities.

Learning and assessment

Please note, this programme does not include a horse riding module. At no time will students be permitted to, or required to, ride a horse.


On completion of this course it may be possible for students to progress onto a Level 1 course or into work.


It may be possible to find work in one of the vocational areas studied.

Special requirements

Approved riding hat (standard PAS 015, BSEN 1384 and Kite marked), gloves, College sweatshirt, College overalls, suitable work boots* and waterproofs.

Foundation Learning

We provide a range of Foundation Learning full-time and part-time courses for students with additional needs. Our aim is to help students develop a range of important skills - social, academic and vocational - whilst providing the support and encouragement for them to grow in confidence and express their personality.

The Foundation Learning team has built up an excellent reputation over many years for successfully working with students who have a wide range of learning difficulties and disabilities.