Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate in Equine Management

About the Course

This qualification is for you if you want to work with horses. It provides you with a range of specialist technical and practical knowledge which will equip you to seek employment or further learning and training within the equine industry.

The course is equivalent to the first year of the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Equine Management (720).

Areas of Study

This qualification consists of the following mandatory and selected optional specialist units.

Mandatory Units

The proportion of mandatory content ensures that all learners are following a coherent programme of study and acquiring the knowledge, understanding and skills that will be recognised and valued.

  • 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

Optional Specialist Units

Students will also study two optional specialist units (as determined by WUC Course lead) from the following:

  • Biological systems of horses
  • Prepare horses for presentation
  • Equine feeding and nutrition
  • Horse behaviour and welfare
  • Working and training horses from the ground
  • The principles of equitation
  • Contribute to managing an equine event
  • The principles of horse fitness
  • Exercising horses
  • Undertake estate skills
  • The principles of competition grooming

Entry Requirements

The following information provides students with the entry requirements for this particular course.

  • 5 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 or A*-C
  • Must include English, Maths and Science
  • Satisfactory references from most recent school, college or employer

Please note:
Alternative qualifications or experience will be considered on application.

Extensive Equine Facilities

Our Equine Training and Development Centre situated on Cow Watering Lane offers extensive facilities to optimise the student experience

  • Around 70 Horses on campus
  • Equine Academy Centre
  • Three Indoor Riding Arenas (24m x 60m), (24m x 55m), (22m x 22m)
  • Oval Horse Walker
  • Mechanical Horse
  • Equine Water Treadmill
  • Therapy Barns
  • Outdoor Arena (20m x 60m)
  • Stabling for 92 horses
  • Semen collection area
  • Classrooms

Due to changes in the facility to benefit the student experience, from the 2022/2023 academic year we will no longer foal mares on campus; we will however retain youngstock and our pony stallions. Students interested in gaining specific foaling-related stud duties will be supported to gain experience with industry partners.

Our enhanced facility now has increased grazing for all horses allowing more students the opportunity to bring their own horses to university as well as additional space for events and commercial partnerships.

For more details please email the equine resource team,

Work Placements

Students are required to complete one week at an approved and agreed external equine work placement.

Method of Assessment

To gain this qualification, learners must successfully achieve the following assessments:
  • Two externally set, externally moderated assignments
  • One externally set and externally marked exam, sat under examination conditions
  • One portfolio of evidence
  • Optional unit assessments as required

After Completion of Your Course...

Educational Progression

After completion of the Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate in Animal Management, you can progress to the second year of the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Equine Management (720).


After completion, it is likely that you will enter the industry by working as a Stable yard worker, Riding school assistant or Apprentice in an equine business.