About the Course
The course is designed to give students further practical experience and knowledge of horse care and equitation following the NC Horse Care or Advanced Certificate Horse Care.
A Riding or Non-Riding version of the course is available with both running at Oatridge, and the non-riding only version offered at Aberdeen (from 2021) - entry requirements are the same but without the need to prove competent riding ability.
Course Duration: one year if studied full time or two years if studied part time.
Applicants must hold a minimum of 2 Scottish Highers (CC)/A-Levels (DE) including a science subject or English. For Riding version only: Recorded evidence of your riding ability, to include a minimum of walk, trot, canter and jumping, should be submitted along with your application. It would advantageous if candidates held BHS Stage 1 and 2 or the Pony Club B test. Alternative entry qualifications may also be accepted.
Throughout the course you will develop:
- the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills required to equip you for a variety of roles in the equine industry
- knowledge of nutrition, fitness, anatomy and physiology, equine selection and preparation of horses for competitions
- practical business skills through modules such as Equine Facility Management and Yard Management
- transferable skills such as IT skills and teamwork.
Students will also undertake early morning and weekend yard duties as part of the course.