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Derby College Group (DCG)

Equine Studies At Derby College Group

Broomfield Hall
Morley, Ilkeston

  • Coaching
  • Equine Studies
  • Science
  • Sports & Performance
  • Event Management

“At DCG, you will build the valuable skills, experience and qualities you need to be successful in work and life.”


Derby College Group is a general FE college offering a wide range of technical, vocational and short courses. Our land based provision is based at one of our four sites, Broomfield Hall. Broomfield Hall is located a 10-minute bus ride from Derby city centre, with frequent bus services to the surroundings areas, and accessible to the Derby train station. Land based offer courses in seven different areas, with equine being one. We have a bespoke equestrian centre and offer courses ranging from Higher Education to Apprenticeships ensuring we support students in their next steps. We have onsite support teams, a learning resource centre and fantastic rural grounds.

As one of the country's leading and largest groups – supporting around 26,000 learners each year – our focus is on shaping happy, well educated, work-ready and socially mobile young people. We are committed to ensuring you reach a positive destination at the end of your learning journey.

Whether your ambition is to go straight into the world of work, to gain on-the-job training as an apprentice, to head to university or to set up your own business venture, our job is to secure the right pathway for you.

We provide a learning experience that is always engaging, challenging and interactive. We have a top team who deliver excellent teaching and nationally recognised support to help you reach your goals. From the outset of your studies, you will have clear academic and personal targets, backed by effective feedback to keep your progress on track.

The advantages of studying at the Ofsted rated ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding Features’ College go well beyond qualifications alone. We're all about building the skills, attitudes and behaviours that employers and the nation need most.

Designed in collaboration with industry, business and the professions, our vocational pathways concentrate on developing your employability skills. You'll benefit from work experience, expert mentoring and vital insights into latest industry practice to make sure you can add value from your very first day in a job.

If you aspire to higher education, we'll foster your independent learning, critical thinking and research skills to accelerate your progress at university. If you're considering launching your own business, you'll develop entrepreneurship skills to translate your ideas into action.

  • On site equestrian centre has space for over 40 horses

  • An indoor and outdoor arena

  • A cross country course

  • Free onsite parking

DCG Equine Courses

We offer a variety of courses at the College that provide students the opportunity to develop a wide range of equestrian skills, alongside an awareness of current industry issues and scientific concepts: 

Programmes can be studied FULL TIME or PART TIME and offer both riding and non-riding options. 

School Leaver Courses:

Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care

Level 3 Diploma in Practical Horse Care Skills

Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma in Equine Management


Level 2 Equine Groom Apprenticeship

Level 3 Senior Equine Groom Apprenticeship Standard

Higher Education:

FdSc Equine Science (Riding and Coaching) 2 years DCG

FdSc Equine Science (Riding and Coaching) Year 1 Part Time - 4 years DCG

FdSc Equine Science (Rehabilitation and Performance) 2 years DCG

Foundation Degree Equine Science, Management and Training FdSc Part Time 4 years DCG

BSc (Hons) Equine Science (Riding and Coaching) (top up) Part Time 2 years DCG

BSc (Hons) Equine Science (Biomechanics and Performance) (top up) Part Time 2 years DCG

BSc (Hons) Equine Science, Management and Training (top up) Part Time 2 years DCG

Our Higher Education programmes are validated by the University of Derby, however, these courses are delivered and assessed entirely at our Equestrian Centre, Broomfield Hall.

So why should you come and study an Equine course at DCG?

Students can tailor their HE degree to best suit their career ambitions:

  • Options available include riding or non-riding modules

  • Students can focus their riding modules towards specific disciplines

  • Student are encouraged to focus theory modules towards their own equestrian passions & areas of interest

  • Industry placements allow students to seek experience and potential employment within specific sectors of the equestrian industry

 Highly experienced, passionate and supportive staff:

  • Each year group has a dedicated Personal Tutor, together with half-termly individual tutorial sessions

  • Easy access to staff means that students receive extensive opportunities for support

  • Degree students also receive group and individual support from the College HE Academic Study Support Coaches or FE Personal Coaches 

  • Small group sizes mean that students benefit from a friendly, supportive teaching environment

  • Our HE students benefit from access to the College study resources together with library and online resources through the University of Derby

  • Excellent training facilities at the Equestrian Centre

  • A wide variety of enrichment opportunities to gain a broader awareness of the equestrian industry. In recent years, we have offered our equine students some fantastic learning opportunities, including equine dissections on site, guest speakers, training with National equestrian coaches, scientific conferences, equestrian careers & recruitment specialist, visits to equine veterinary hospitals and even work experience at Chatsworth International Horse Trials

  • Higher Education students get priority DIY livery, should they wish to bring their own horse

  • Students are encouraged to train towards BHS Exams, alongside studying for their course, which further enhances their employment prospects

  • Students are encouraged to develop their skills of inquiry and independent learning throughout the programmes, with the support of their tutors

  • We offer an innovative, challenging and industry-led set of degree programmes, which aim to produce graduates who are highly professional & employable within the industry 

To find out more on how you could be the next chapter in our success story. Order a prospectus or book an open day today.

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