Frequently Asked Questions
If you are thinking of studying Equine in the North West and are considering Reaseheath College as an option here is some information we get asked for regularly which you may find useful.
What skills do I need?
Depending on the level of the course you will need the appropriate GCSE’s (see below) and some relevant practical experience in the equine industry as well as a keen interest in horses. An understanding of the physical fitness level required is essential as well as a strong work ethic and self-motivation.
For entry requirements take a look at each course page.
Acceptance onto riding units is subject to assessment. Minimum level required is equivalent to BHS Stage 1 standard and you be assessed during summer.
What if I have lots of practical experience but no academic qualifications?
Practical experience is useful and we will ask you to give examples of what you have done to date. All yards run differently and working in the industry can be very different to owning your own horse.
The courses are vocational and a combination of theory and practical work. The academic levels are equivalent to Level 2/GCSE grade C and Level 3 is equivalent to an A Level, therefore the academic entry requirements are essential.
Entry requirements for students over the age of 19 will be considered on an individual bases.
What qualifications will I get?
This will depend on which level course you choose to study. Find out on each course page in the ‘At a glance’ section.
Where will I study, what are the facilities like?
Our equine centre has recently benefited from a £2.3 million upgrade, providing an international sized indoor arena, modern American barn stabling, a round pen for natural horsemanship and equine solarium.
Equine also has two all-weather outdoor arenas and all the other facilities you would expect from a first class establishment.
If you live in Lancashire, we offer a Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care, a Level 3 Certificate and a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management at our outreach centre, Croft End Equestrian Centre near Oldham.
Will my course cost anything?
Students aged under 19 will not be charged tuition fees. If you are aged over 19 visit the 19+ Further Education Tuition Fees page.
Can I bring my own horse?
Yes! Many students do bring their horses to college and there are a range of packages available, from DIY to full working livery. Please attend our next course open event to find out more.
(Working livery horses must meet the specific requirements).
Will I go on any trips or study tours?
Trips and visits are embedded into the curriculum to give learners an all-round (and fun!) experience.
At present you will get an opportunity to take part in a study tour to Ireland as well as day trips to Olympia, Hoys, Hickstead and Bangor on Dee racecourse.
There are also a number of opportunities for participation in events such as HOYS arena party, horse trials, running dressage and show jumping competitions at college, the Bolesworth Classes arena party and also involvement in the Cheshire County Show. All of these are invaluable opportunities for learners to build up their CV as well as their employability skills and employability portfolio.
What else can I get involved in?
Apart from the day to day curriculum our learners also have plenty of opportunity to explore additional areas and topic such as clicker training, massage and natural horsemanship.
For the more active students there are plans for opportunities for fitness sessions related to horse riding such as Pilates, core stability and others!
Are there any teams I can ride in? Events/competitions?
There are shows and events that take place throughout the year organised by the events management students. These events are open for students to use/bring their own horse for the day or to borrow a college horse.
For learners on the equitation route there are opportunities to take part in the academy team as well as student dressage league and quiz teams.
Also the master class runs weekly for learners demonstrating talent in their riding.
How much of the course is practical?
The level 2 programme is around 60:40, theory:practical.
The level 3 programmes will vary. Equitation = 60:40, Business and Science = 70:30. These are estimates only and will vary depending on any additional qualifications that you choose to study alongside (for example BHS).
For those learners on ride units there will be:
Level 2 – 2 hours per week
Level 3 Business – 1 hour per week (if chosen)
Level 3 Equitation – minimum of 3 rides per week.
There will be options for additional riding for learners with 100% attendance, excellent effort and up to date work or those who wish to be considered for the academy or master class (equitation route only).
Learners taking the business and science route will have the opportunity to have a riding lesson per week on a booking in basis, within a lesson that is appropriate to their level and experience (subject to weight limit and minimum health and safety assessment).
What equipment will I need?
Students on an equine course must have their own grooming kit and plaiting kit (pulling comb, scissors, needle and plaiting thread in a secure container).
Plain black jodhpurs and plain polo shirts in the course colour are required when on the yard. Jodhpur boots and leather chaps or plain long riding boots are required when riding. Wellington boots are permitted for yard work but must be plan and black, navy or green.
You will also be required to purchase stationary and reference textbooks.
Is work experience part of my course?
All students will undertake work experience, how much will depend on which course you are studying. Please check course pages for details.
Will I be doing stock duties?
Stock duties are compulsory and require a good level of fitness as well as a good work ethic and self-motivation.
You will be expected to complete a minimum of four full weeks industry experience through rotas over the academic year. This will include early, late and weekend duties. Industry experience rotas will be given to you early on in September.
Equine students are also required to attend our Family Festival in May.
What are my job/career options after this course?
Following on from the success of the 2012 Olympic Games, equestrianism has seen an increase in both interest and participation. There will also be a greater emphasis and funding within the sport which will provide many opportunities for equine students in the future.
Careers can range from the practical day to day running of a riding school, grooming for internationals riders right through to being consultants for equine businesses, veterinary related careers, sports therapists, researchers, nutritionists and fashion designer to name but a few!
Achievement of a level 2 programme at merit grade or above will enable learners to progress onto a level 3 programme in equine or a related area.
Achievement of a level 3 programme at merit or above will support progressions into higher education (subject to UCAS points) or employment. Learners may go on to study at degree level in a range of related areas (not just equine).
There is no reason that a learner completing a level 3 extended diploma in horse management programme could not apply for a higher education course in a non-equine subject.
There are a range of related topics that can be studied at higher level in business, events management, animal science, sports, vet nursing and applied sciences to name a few.
What if I do A-Levels and change my mind?
For learners who start A-Levels in September there will be an option to enrol in January for some Level 3 programmers. Please contact sarahH@mphpersonalstatement.com for more information.
How will I be prepared for University?
The level 3 extended diploma will cover the core subject knowledge as well as developing the relevant writing and study skills required at HE level.
Careers advice, visiting speakers from industry and tutor support are all in place and underpin all level 2 and 3 programmes.
Parent’s evening, personal statement writing and interview support are all interlinked within the level 3 programmes. Parent’s evenings are held to support parents with the University application process, funding and any other support required.
If you have any further questions please contact the enquiries team by using our online enquiry form.