Level 3 Extended Diploma Equine Management Equitation Riding

Level 3 Extended Diploma Equine Management Equitation (Riding)


This course is for students who want to develop the theoretical and practical skills to work with horses in the equine industry. The Level 3 Extended Diploma is a riding course (riding assessment applies). Our students have regular yard duties, including weekends. It’s therefore compulsory to live in Hartpury accommodation during your studies.

Key Information

Course Duration: Two years
Part or Full Time: Full Time
Level of Study: Diplomas

Course Overview

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'll 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're also required to complete a period of work experience at an external placement during the course. You'll also have the opportunity to assist in the running of our commercial equine competitions. It's therefore compulsory students to live in Hartpury accommodation for the duration of the course. Successful completion of this programme will allow you to progress onto Higher Education.

Achieve a merit or above in Level 3 National Foundation Diploma Equine Management, grade 4 or above in GCSE English, Mathematics and/or Science, and receive a satisfactory reference from course tutor

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.

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With a BTEC pass rate of 99.4%, our outcomes for students are exceptional.

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Harry Greasby
“I particularly enjoyed the practical lessons on the yard, the case studies were fun. If you push yourself, your lecturers will you support you to achieve your best.”
Harry Greasby
Level 3 Extended Diploma Equine Management


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Our Equine Academy has a proven reputation for supporting and developing talented young riders to be the best they can be – both in their competition career and academically, opening doors to a career beyond their sport.

Whether you’re a dressage, showjumping or eventing star of the future with the potential to represent your country, we can offer you all the support you need to hit the heights in your chosen discipline. 

You’ll be supported by a world-class team of coaches and experienced support staff, plus you and your horse will have access to our multi-million pound facilities.