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Equine Management Advanced (Level 3)

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Equine Management Advanced (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.

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Shuttleworth College
Starts: 16/09/2024
Type: Full Time
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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Fees: 16-18 Yrs: Fully Funded 19+ Yrs: This course could be funded, for more information call us on 0345 658 8990 or use the Livechat below.

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Course information

Need to know

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs grades 9- 4 OR similar qualification at Level 2.

If you want to take the riding option of this programme you will be required to email evidence of your practical assessment (you will be given the criteria in the offer letter after interview).

What qualification will I gain?

You will gain:

  • 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.

How will I be assessed?

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.

Course content

What will I study?

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.

Next steps

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.

Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, or contact

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 might still be free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. Whether you need to pay a fee and how much will be dependent on the programme you choose to study. For more information call 0345 658 8990.

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: or view the Full-time Fee Flow Chart below.

If you are unsure whether you need to pay or not then please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990.

Full-time Fee Flow Chart

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

Find out more

If you live in any of the following areas and wish to apply for or enrol onto one of our courses, please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990 to check if your course is funded or not (Please note that if your course is not funded then you will pay a higher fee than what is listed, please contact our Customer Contact team for more information):

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Greater Manchester
  • Greater London
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • West of England
  • West Midlands
  • Sheffield
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Barnsley and Doncaster
  • West Yorkshire
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Shuttleworth College Equine Level 3
Equine Management


I’ve had horses all my life and couldn’t see myself doing anything else. At home I train young horses and have competed British Dressage (BD). I have a four-year-old mare who is really well bred, so I’m hoping to compete BD with her too.  

I love riding the different horses at College. They all have such different temperaments to get to grips with. We also get to work towards our British Horse Society (BHS) Progressive Riding Tests as part of the course. The practical work out of the saddle, for me, is about polishing up on things I already know and making sure I learn the correct way of doing things.  

The theory work is also interesting, from biology and anatomy, to feeding. My tutors are all really nice and helpful, and everyone is very kind to each other here.  

I am doing my work experience on a dressage competition yard, Contact Dressage, and next year we will start to get help with our university applications. I would like to study Equine Physiotherapy – either at university or as an apprenticeship – and qualify as a Physiotherapist to work on a competition yard. I love learning about the muscles of a horse and have always been interested in the work my Equine Physiotherapist does on my own horse.  

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.


Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, email or call us on 0345 658 8990.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.


Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 to order your copy.