Course type:

Level 3 Extended Diploma Horse Management (Equitation)


This course gives you the opportunity to gain detailed academic knowledge and an in-depth understanding of horse management and equitation through theory-based and practical sessions.

You will be involved in the daily care of the horses through yard duties, including weekends which will develop the practical skills necessary to gain employment within the equine industry. You will also have the opportunity to assist in the running of College equine competitions.  It is therefore compulsory students to live in Hartpury accommodation for the duration of the course. Our outstanding facilities include:

  • Four indoor arenas, including our multi-million pound Indoor Championship Arena complex with seating for 600
  • Three outdoor arenas, including a world class championship arena
  • Stabling for 280 horses
  • Equine Veterinary and Therapy Centre, including aquafit and high speed treadmills, solarium and other therapy systems
  • Cross-country courses up to FEI***

Our students have gone on to some fantastic careers in a wide range of industries and enjoyed some exceptional work placements all over the world, helping them open doors to their dream careers.

How to apply for this course

Course Duration

2 Year
2 Year course
Course type:
Full Time
Part-time study options available

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above (or grade C or above where letter grades are being used) to include English Language and Mathematics.  We will accept applicants with a grade 3 in English Language provided they have achieved a grade 4 or above in English Literature.

You must be able to walk, trot and canter in a safe and controlled manner. You must be riding at BHS Stage 1 standard. This will be assessed during your interview.

Why study Equine at Hartpury College?

Hartpury’s world-class equine facilities are used not only for formal learning but also for work experience, including at our own commercial Equine Therapy Centre and in our events department, supporting our international showpiece events and other high quality competitions, with the chance to work with some of the stars of the equine world. Many students also complete work placements out in industry, including at top yards and riding centres and in marketing and commercial roles.

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