Equine Studies

Staff have a range of academic and practical qualifications alongside experience working within various sectors of the equine industry including riding instruction, yard management, feed companies within the UK and abroad.

This combination of practical and theoretical knowledge and industry experience will enable learners to achieve successful employment or progress on to further study in a variety of areas.

WHY CHOOSE BCA?

Programmes at Level 2 and Level 3 can be tailored to include riding or non-riding options. All programmes with riding options require a riding assessment and also allow you to work towards BHS exams, which are held onsite at BCA.
All learners will get the opportunity to attend external shows, events and trips including London Olympia, Windsor Horse Show, The Blue Cross and Scotland Yard and internal guest lectures and demonstrations. All learners will also get the opportunity to assist in the running of events held at the College.

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Available Courses

  • Level 1 Diploma in Land-Based Studies (Horse Care)

    About the course

    This course will provide a basic introduction to horse care and riding skills. Delivery of the course is practically based with some theory lessons including English and maths where necessary.

    Progression

    Students can progress on to the Level 2 Horse Care programme, work based study, an Apprenticeship programme or a career within the equine industry.

    * Please note we have a 15st weight limit for all riders (weight is inclusive of all riding equipment and saddle).

    GCSE/Functional Skills

    All full-time students, aged between 16-18, will study GCSE or Functional Skills in Maths and English, if they don’t already hold an A*- C level GCSE in the subject. This is an integral part of their vocational study programme at BCA. Students over 19 are also encouraged to refresh and accredit their skills alongside vocational study.

    Click here to read more about what BCA offers as part of your Study Programme.

    Entry Requirements

    4 GCSEs at grade 1 – 2. Applicants must be able to pass a riding assessment at interview. The minimum requirement is to walk and trot competently on a well‑schooled horse. All students will need to be physically fit and be willing to take part in all aspects of practical horse care and stable management.

    Course Duration

    One Year

  • Level 2 Technical Certificate in Equine Care

    About the course

    This course will provide the opportunity for those who want to work with horses to obtain a vocational qualification by means of full-time study. It will enable you to develop your practical skills in riding and horse husbandry, reinforced by the study of equine theory.

    Progression

    Progress to the Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate, Diploma and Extended Diplomas in Equine Management, depending on grades achieved and GCSEs taken. You will also be well placed to find employment in the equine industry which requires ‘hands-on’ practical skills or consider an apprenticeship.

    *Please note: we have a 15st weight limit for all riders (weight is inclusive of all riding equipment and saddle).

    GCSE/Functional Skills

    All full-time students, aged between 16-18, will study GCSE or Functional Skills in Maths and English, if they don’t already hold an A*- C level GCSE in the subject. This is an integral part of their vocational study programme at BCA. Students over 19 are also encouraged to refresh and accredit their skills alongside vocational study.

    Click here to read more about what BCA offers as part of your Study Programme.

    Entry Requirements

    4 GCSEs at grade 3/4 or above to include English, maths and science or successful completion of a Level 1 qualification.

    Course Duration

    One Year

  • LEVEL 3 ADVANCED TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS IN EQUINE MANAGEMENT

    About the course

    This course provides both the practical and horse management skills required to pursue a career in the equestrian industry and associated professions, and can also lead to studying at Degree level.

    • Advanced Technical Certificate and Diploma – one year
    • Extended Diploma – two years

    Progression

    Students can progress on to Higher Education programmes, apprenticeship programmes or employment within the equine industry.

    *There are options for learners to study a 1 year 60 credit subsidiary diploma or 90 credit diploma qualification.

    **Please note we have a 15st weight limit for all riders (weight is inclusive of all riding equipment and saddle).

    Click here to read more about what BCA offers as part of your Study Programme.

    Entry Requirements

    5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, to include English and maths or a Level 2 Technical Certificate in Equine Care at Merit grade or above. Applicants must also be able to pass a riding assessment at interview. The minimum requirement is to walk, trot and canter a well-mannered school horse safely whilst maintaining a basic balanced position. Jumping is part of the riding module requirements, so students must be prepared to work on the flat and over fences during the programme if taking riding units. Applicants must be physically fit and willing to take part in all aspects of practical horse care and stable management.

    Course Duration

    One Year (Advanced Technical Certificate and Diploma) / Two Years (Extended Diploma)