Level 3 Extended Diploma Equine Management Science

Level 3 Extended Diploma Equine Management Science


If you're passionate about equine science and want to learn about the structure, diet, behaviour and rehabilitation of horses, then this course is ideal for you. You'll develop a strong scientific knowledge base as you study three core science modules on this course. You'll gain an academic understanding of equine science and hone your applied skills during a four-week block of external work experience during each year of your course.

Key Information

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

Course Overview

If you're passionate about equine science and want to learn about the structure, diet, behaviour and rehabilitation of horses, then this course is ideal for you.

The course will help you gain detailed academic knowledge and an understanding of equine science, supporting you to progress into higher education or prepare you for an exciting career in the equine industry.

You'll study a total of 15 different units over the two-year course, delivered through theory-based lessons in the classroom and laboratories, as well as practical sessions where you can put theory into practice.


6 GCSEs at grade 6 or above to include English, Mathematics and Science

There's a range of interesting units to study which are equine and science-related topics, giving you the knowledge and confidence needed to pursue a range of equine careers. Here's some of what you'll study*:

Equine Function at Cellular Level

Have you ever wondered how horses are able to grow and reproduce? In this unit, you'll discover how cells are structured, cellular activities and the response to the needs of the equine, as well as the impact of genetics in equine growth and reproduction.

Practical Skills in Animal Science

You'll learn how to apply scientific theory in order to safely plan and carry out experiments as well as report on investigations in bacterial growth, chemical movements and essential chemistry.

Equine Structure, Form and Function

In this unit, you'll be able to gain essential knowledge of the equine structure, form and function. This includes the study of equine movement and the equine musculoskeletal system.

Other units include Equine Diet and Nutrition, Equine Behaviour, Horse Fitness and Managing an Equine Yard.

*Modules are subject to change in line with student, industry and research demands.

As part of this course, you'll complete a period of work experience at an external placement throughout the year. You'll also have the exciting opportunity to assist in the running of our commercial equine competitions. These popular competitions attract competitors, sponsors and spectators from around the world.

Whether you need the skills and knowledge to step into a successful career within the equine industry, or the qualification to progress into higher education, this course will support you in achieving your career goals.

Our equine students have enjoyed exceptional work placements, helping them open doors to fantastic careers in a wide range of industries.

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Rated 'Ofsted Outstanding in all areas' for academic and curriculum-related provision 


99.4% pass-rate

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

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Libby Kidney
“I really enjoyed getting stuck into lab work and practicals. We did dissections and looked at microbiology, using the microscope, working with antibiotics and how to relate that all back to the horse.”
Libby Kidney
Level 3 National Extended Diploma Equine Management (Science)


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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.