Level 3 - Diploma Equine Management

Subject Area: Course code: Course Type:
Equine Studies EQ219A01/24/2 Further Education

Course Information

This course offers the perfect balance between theory and practical based learning working alongside experienced and highly qualified staff. It is a two year study programme, and ensures you can leave Kingston Maurward College with internationally recognised qualifications in the equine industry.
Students undertake 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 skills in the second year and all students are fully immersed in our commercial activities which includes assisting with running our equine competitions 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 Diploma Equine Mangement
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 yard manager 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 external work experience is 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 9-4 including English, maths and science. There is a possibility of wrapping English or maths GCSE around this 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 over the two years. A yard manager pathway is also offered and can be discussed at interview.
    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 in induction week and a decision will be made regarding a suitable pathway at this point.
Next Steps
  • Progression to further Equine Management courses, Higher Education 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

Dates & Fees

Dates & Times
Start date: End date: Start time: End time:
09-Sep-2024 19-Jun-2026 9.30 a.m. 3.45 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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