Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Equine Management (1080)

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Develop your practical skills while learning about horse health and welfare – and business management – with our Level 3 Extended Diploma in Equine Management at Writtle College.

We offer two extended diplomas in equine management at Writtle. This one, the 1080, has additional mandatory study units, including one that focuses on business management in the land-based industries.

This course will suit you if you want to work in a hands-on role with horses, or in the wider equine service or business sector.

You’ll fine-tune your practical skills while furthering your knowledge and understanding of equine health, feeding and nutrition, fitness, and behaviour and welfare.

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Hands-on learning

Study with Writtle College and benefit from:

  • dedicated Equine Training and Development Centre on our Cow Watering Campus
  • working stable yard, with around 70 horses on campus
  • indoor and outdoor riding arenas
  • oval horse walker
  • therapy barn
  • 150-hectare campus with grazing and space for events
  • DIY Livery Yard for students' horses.
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Outstanding student support

Join our student community and:

  • learn from experienced tutors, who'll provide encouragement and feedback
  • make full use of facilities including library and IT resources
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.

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After completing this Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma, you’ll be well-placed to start a career in the equine industry. You may start by working on a yard, in a stud, or perhaps a related business such as a feed merchant, tack shop, welfare organisation, or membership body.

By studying this course, you’ll have gained skills and knowledge in a range of subjects and could progress to roles including:

  • Retail saddlery management trainee
  • Apprentice saddler or saddle fitter
  • Country store management trainee
  • Event manager
  • Administrator or junior management trainee in equestrian-related businesses
  • Yard office manager
  • Yard manager
  • Stud supervisor
  • Work rider
  • Trainee coach
  • Travelling groom
  • Clinical assistant (veterinary)

Or you might choose to continue your studies, by progressing to a university degree such as our BSc (Hons) Equine Performance Science, BSc (Hons) Equine Behaviour Science, or BSc (Hons) Equine Sport Therapy and Rehabilitation.

Apply now for Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Equine Management (1080)

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