Horse Care BTEC First Diploma

Pendleton Sixth Form College
In Salford

Price on request
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Important information

Typology BTEC
Location Salford
  • BTEC
  • Salford

Important information

Government funding available


Where and when

Starts Location
On request
Dronfield Road, M6 7FR, Greater Manchester, England
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Starts On request
Dronfield Road, M6 7FR, Greater Manchester, England
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Frequent Asked Questions

· Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to study a Foundation Level course, although you need to demonstrate a commitment to learning through an informal interview.

Course programme

HORSE CARE (BTEC First Diploma)

Why should I come to Pendleton College?
In 1995 Pendleton introduced the BTEC First Diploma in Horse Studies. The College now offers a wide range of equine-related courses for the enthusiastic student. Qualifying students have the opportunity to become British Horse Society members at no extra cost to themselves. Students benefit from a team of highly qualified, enthusiastic staff actively engaged in training people in the industry. Our facilities at Kearsley provide an extensive equine unit which include a selection of well-trained and well-behaved horses, indoor and outdoor schools, lecture and practical demonstration facilities and of course full use of the College's excellent resources at other sites. All students must have riding experience.

What will I study?
A BTEC First Diploma is a practical, work-related course. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. It covers the basic knowledge and technical practical skills, providing a good foundation for future career opportunities or progression to a more advanced work-related qualification. The course is made up of six units. All students take the two core units:

  • Industry Experience
  • Industry and Organisation

You also take four specialist units from this list:

  • Horse Behaviour and Welfare
  • Horse Handling and Exercise
  • Riding Horses
  • Industry and Organisations
  • Horse Handling and Exercise

What will I achieve?
Successful students will achieve a BTEC First Diploma in Horse Care. Qualifying students will also achieve the BHS stage one exam in horse knowledge and care and riding, plus the BHS Riding and Road Safety Certificate. It is anticipated that students will use this course to gain entry onto the National Diploma in Horse Management or alternatively, may seek employment as a trainee in the equine industry.

How is the course assessed?
All units are assessed and graded and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded. Assessment is by written assignment and practical assessments.

What else will I do?
An important part of this course is yard experience, providing you with an insight into the industry. Recent activities that students have enjoyed include visits to The Horse of the Year Show at the NEC in Birmingham, Mounted Police Stables, country show and visits from equine specialists e.g. physiotherapists and nutritionists.

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