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Study Equine With Reaseheath


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

Reaseheath College, Nantwich

Recognised as one of the UK’s leading specialist colleges, Reaseheath College in Nantwich, Cheshire, offers an excellent study experience and top-class equestrian training, all within our beautiful 330-hectare campus.

Our degrees, diplomas and apprenticeships are industry focused and all students have to complete relevant work placements so they are fully ready for employment when they have completed their qualification. Some of our equine students don’t even ride if they don’t want to, preferring to focus on business or the principles of competition grooming.

We work closely with leading industry partners, influential professionals, governing bodies, and world class organisations across the UK and beyond, meaning students gain amazing opportunities. This, paired with true-to-life work experiences across the sector and study tours, helps to maintain the high employment rate for our equine graduates.

Over recent years we have invested £80 million into cutting edge technology, educational facilities and student accommodation across campus, and our Equestrian Centre has all the facilities you would expect from a professional training centre.

Why study Equine at Reaseheath?

  • Join a winning team! Our equine team are currently the North West Equine Inter-College Champions and we also have a National School Equestrian Association Team who compete successfully at national level.

  • Improve your employability by training for extra qualifications such as British Horse Society exams or join our Elite Grooming and Riding academies, Business and Events Academy or Riding Development Squad.

  • Gain top tips from lectures and demonstrations from world-renowned dressage riders, showjumpers, event riders and industry professionals.

  •  Become part of our arena party at world-class events such as the Horse of the Year Show, British Dressage National Championships and a range of leading British Eventing competitions.

  • Join a booming industry – there are over 19,000 equine businesses in the UK employing 41,200 people and consumers spend over £4 billion on equestrianism every year.

  • Broaden your career choices through work placements, trips, career weeks and study tours.

College Courses

Level 1 Certificate in Equine Skills: This course introduces you to the basics of horse care. It’s a great stepping stone for people who are keen to work with horses, but don’t have previous experience. Our expert staff will help you learn skills in handling horses, grooming and general horse care. There'll also be opportunities to learn about stable management, ride the mechanical horse and take part in college competitions.

Level 2 Technical Certificate in Equine Care: On this course you’ll be introduced to the many career options within the equestrian industry. You will work with horses in a safe environment, complete work experience and enjoy study trips – great preparation for your next steps in study or employment.

Level 3 Diplomas in Equine Management: If you aspire to work in the equestrian industry, either hands-on with the horses or in a related science or business role, then this is the course for you. This advanced level course is designed to give you the practical skills and underpinning knowledge for a successful career in the equine industry, or for progression on to higher level study. You will study equine behaviour and welfare, nutrition and feeding and equine biology, as well as choose from additional specialist units such as equitation, coaching and rehabilitation.

Technical Baccalaureate in Equine Management: This innovative programme is ideal if you are ambitious and keen to pursue a career within the equine industry. You will study the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Equine Management along with advanced Maths and an independent research project. You will also have the opportunity to work towards industry recognised British Horse Society (BHS) qualifications and you’ll complete a specialist industry work placement.

Level 2 Equine Groom Apprenticeship: As an apprentice you will have the chance to work and earn a wage while building your knowledge and skills. You will receive one day of training a week at Reaseheath College, and the rest will be delivered in the workplace with the support of an industry expert assessor. Additional training and support is available across our three Equestrian Centres across the North West (Reaseheath College, Burrows Lane and Croft End).

University Level Courses

BSc (Hons) Equine Behaviour and Welfare (Top-Up): Explore the scientific and behavioural theory underlying training techniques, as well as the factors which affect normal equine behaviour, both on the ground and whilst being ridden in this progressive programme. You will develop an understanding of equine behaviour and learning theory and how this is used to apply training techniques more effectively. Emphasis is placed upon establishing the links between key areas of equine rehabilitation including behaviour modification, biomechanics, injury and exercise physiology.

BSc (Hons) Equine Bioveterinary Science: Study key veterinary science modules from Equine Nutrition and Health to Veterinary Microbiology and Immunology during this three-year course, while developing key laboratory skills which will be essential when working in scientific and technical roles within the industry. You will also gain a good understanding of the scientific principles and management practices associated with maintaining optimal equine health and full athletic performance.

BSc (Hons) Equestrian Sports Performance: This course focuses on the athletic performance of horse and rider and preparing students for a career in equestrian performance, coaching or team performance management. Thanks to our strong industry partnerships, you will not only have the necessary combination of knowledge, skills, and experience but you will graduate as a very career ready individual able to contribute to the success and growth of the equestrian performance industry.

Foundation Degree Equine Training and Rehabilitation: This course will provide you with unique skills to combine an understanding of equine behaviour, training and rehabilitation reflective of current needs within the equine industry. With guidance from our expert staff, you will develop an understanding of equine behaviour, and learning theory and how this is used to apply training techniques more effectively. Emphasis is placed upon establishing the links between key areas of equine rehabilitation including behaviour modification, biomechanics, injury, and exercise physiology.

Reaseheath Events (2022/23)

College Course Open Events:

  • Saturday 3rd December

  • Saturday 14th January

  • Saturday 11th February

  • Saturday 25th March

  • Saturday 22nd April

  • Saturday 10th June

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  • Saturday 11th February

  • Saturday 10th June

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