Level 3 Certificate in Equine Management

Subject Area: Course code: Course Type:
Equine Studies EQ223A01/23/1 Further Education

Course Information

If you have the drive to work in the equine industry and you want to gain outstanding knowledge and skills in all aspects of horse management, then this is the course for you. The course offers the perfect balance between theory and practical based learning working alongside experienced and highly qualified staff. It is a one year study programme, and ensures you can leave Kingston Maurward College with internationally recognised qualifications in the equine industry.
Students undertake two weeks external work experience in industry, which allows students the opportunity to gain valuable experience with a wide range of specialist employment providers. Students are actively involved in weekly yard duties, caring for the horses, on a rota basis, at Manor Stables, to develop and enhance vital practical skills needed for employment in industry. Students develop supervisory and teamwork skills regarding the running our yard and all students are fully immersed in our commercial activities which includes assisting with running our equine competitions and riding school on duty weekends.
As a British Horse Society (BHS) assessment centre, students also have the opportunity to take BHS exams (additional cost involved). We actively encourage the students to take these additional assessments in order to gain further internationally recognised qualifications alongside their study programme which increases employment opportunities and strengthens their CV when ready to progress for life and a career after Kingston Maurward.
Throughout the course, whenever possible, there are visits from guest speakers, industry experts, masterclasses and trips to a variety of equine establishments and also events, for example, Badminton Horse trials and Olympia to name just a few.


  • Level 3 Certificate in Equine Management
Course Content
  • This study programme is very practical and hands on and example units would be; 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 and Prepare horses for presentation. Riding and exercising horses is included for students wishing to take a ridden pathway at this level. The study programme does have a non ridden science and welfare pathway which also allows progression on to further specialist equine courses here at Kingston Maurward.
    English and maths are also included if a grade 4 is yet to be achieved. Yard duties on a rota basis at Manor stables throughout the year and two weeks external work experience are included in this study programme. Visits, guest speakers and masterclasses are included to ensure the students work alongside and learn from industry professionals in the delivery of their study programme.

Entry Requirements
  • 4 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English, maths and science. There is a possibility of wrapping English or maths GCSE around this 1 year course should a grade 3 have been achieved. Students will need a determination to succeed, passion for the industry and the drive to work hard academically and practically. Riding ability to at least BHS Stage 1 standard on the flat and experience riding over short tracks of fences at 70cm will be required should a ridden pathway be chosen. A non-ridden pathway is also available.
    The Equine Academy has a weight limit of 85kg (13 Stone 5 llbs) for all riders and brief riding assessments will take place at interview for ridden pathways.
Next Steps
  • Progression to further Equine Management courses or apprenticeships.
Career Opportunities
  • Yard supervisor
    Retail saddlery management trainee
    Apprentice saddler/ trainee saddle fitter
    Country store management trainee
    Event manager assistant
    Administrator/Junior management trainee in a range of equestrian related businesses
    Yard office manager
    Assistant Yard supervisor
    Trainee Work rider
    Trainee coach
    Equine Welfare Assistant
    Travelling groom
    Clinical assistant (veterinary)
    You may also wish to become self-employed, and undertake roles such as a freelance groomer
    A responsible and challenging career in the equine industry in the UK or abroad, progression to university or, with further training, a variety of therapeutic careers are attainable.

Dates & Fees

Dates & Times
Start date: End date: Start time: End time:
07-Sep-2023 23-Jun-2024 9.00 a.m. 4.00 p.m.
Mode of attendance
Full Time
Day of the week Number of sessions
Course Fees

There are no course fees for eligible students aged 16-18. Students aged 19-25 may also be eligible for government funding or a student loan depending on their circumstances.
Kingston Maurward College Equine Uniform which includes polo shirts, sweatshirts and jackets, which is worn at all times whilst at college.
Contribution to study trips
BHS exams entry costs, which is optional for those who wish to gain another internationally recognised qualification alongside their vocational studies

Materials Required

Basic stationery - pens, pencils, A4 lever arch files, ruler, eraser and back pack.
Riding hat PAS 015 navy or black cover, body protector BS1, hairnets for longer than collar length, schooling whip and jump whip.
Navy yard overalls, waterproof trousers and steel toe capped wellington or yard boots. Navy, black or brown jodhpurs or breeches (no leggings or running tights), black or brown long leather riding boots or jodhpur boots and leather gaiters.

What's next?

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