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Equine Studies At Duchy College

Stoke Climsland
PL17 8PB

  • Behaviour
  • Coaching
  • Equine Studies
  • Science
  • Sports & Performance
  • Therapy & Rehabilitation

Set in some of the most picturesque locations in Cornwall, Duchy College has it all, offering equine courses from entry Level to Masters degree. 

If you are keen to find a career in the equine industry then our courses can open up a wide range of career options for you. Whether that’s the welfare, husbandry and supervision of horses in a stable or livery, training thoroughbred racehorses, coaching and breeding, or being a jockey, show jumper or support technician, we can help you achieve your goal every step of the way. 

At Duchy College you will have: 

  • Fantastic links with employers in both riding and non-riding setting.

  • Industry standard facilities available on campus including indoor arenas, solariums and horse walkers. 

Horse Care Level 1

The one year Level 1 course will teach you the basic skills to start your career in equine management. Skills include mucking out, grooming, cleaning horse tack, feeding horses, riding and handling horses under direction and much more. This course is available at Duchy College Rosewarne, Stoke Climsland and Bicton College. 

Horse Care Level 2

This one year course is for anyone wishing to start a career within the equine industry. This course gives an insight into some of the diverse areas of employment available in the equine sector developing your skills to support your career goals. You can choose a riding or non-riding pathway. 

Equine Management Level 3

During this one or two year course you will study all aspects of equine management, including feeding and nutrition, biology, health, behaviour and welfare of horses and business management with options around both riding and non-riding routes. Assessment includes external examinations and successful completion provides a qualification equivalent to A-levels and the opportunity to move on to university study. 

Equine Groom Apprenticeship Level 2

Apprenticeships allow you to work while gaining a nationally recognised qualification at the same time, so why not combine your love of horses with earning money? Over the course of 15-18 months, you will be working in paid employment within the equine industry and you will spend one day every two weeks during term time at college. You’ll study a wide range of subjects around the care of all different types of horses. If you ride or do not ride, don’t worry – there are specialised routes that you can take which include riding, non-riding, racing, breeding or driving. 

Horse Management Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3

This Level 3 apprenticeship will help you prepare for a more supervisory role, which could include planning horses’ diet, nutrition and health plans. During the course you will learn how to promote and maintain the health and well-being of horses, prepare horses for work, maintain their health and well-being during transportation and ensure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety. 

FdSc Equitation, Training & Behaviour

This programme has been designed for anyone who is interested in the training, behaviour and welfare of horses used for a wide range of purposes, from leisure to international competition. Delivery by a team of experienced professionals with established research in biomechanics, behaviour, psychology and the horse-human relationship, ensures that content is contemporary and encompasses recent advances within industry. This degree is awarded by the University of Plymouth. 

BSc (Hons) Applied Equitation Science

This one year top up programme is designed for anyone who has an interest in and enthusiasm for horses and would like to get involved in discussions on training, problem solving and the horse-human relationship. It is ideal for individuals who wish to demonstrate their academic potential, ability to present a reasoned argument, enthusiasm for dissemination of scientific facts to the equine industry and who have a desire to support the improvement of horse welfare. This degree is awarded by the University of Plymouth. 

MSc Equitation Science

The welfare of equines used and cared for by humans is an area of increasing scrutiny. As a result there is a need for evidence based practice within equestrianism, and a requirement for highly trained and skilled scientists and practitioners who can assist in the understanding of the horse-human interactions and associated expectations. This MSc considers not only the use of equines within mainstream equestrianism, but also in allied industries such as in conservation projects, therapy riding, public services and entertainment. This MSc is awarded by the University of Plymouth.

Open Days

Courses & Careers Advice Events

27th September 2023, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
27th January 2024, 10:00am - 12:00pm
17th April 2024, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

The taster days are

24th October 2023, 9:00am - 3:30pm
15th February 2024, 9:00am - 3:30pm
28th May 2024, 9:00am - 3:30pm

Open Days, Taster Events and Equine Events 


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