If you want to pursue a career involving horses, then this is an excellent place to start. This 'new' Tech Level programme will provide you with the underpinning skills and knowledge in horse-related subjects and gives you the experience required to further develop your understanding. Successful completion of this programme contributes towards the BHS Stage 3 in Horse Knowledge, providing knowledge for employment or progression to Higher Education. During this course you will explore both theoretical and practical subjects and you will study the following topics: Equine health; Horse tack and equipment; Biological systems of horses; Undertake stable yard operations; Prepare horses for presentation; Equine feeding and nutrition; Horse behaviour and welfare; The principles of equitation; Exercising horses; and the principles of competition grooming.
You will need 5 GCSEs at Grade C and above or equivalent (E.g. Grade 4 and above in English and Maths). You will be required to attend an interview and taster day on ‘the yard’ and provide a reference (from an employer or recent school/college report) along with evidence of specific and sustained interest and motivation in horses and the horse industry; and an ability to cope with a programme of physical activity.
Assessment is a combination of internally assessed assignments (coursework and practical assessments) and externally assessed tasks and written exams.