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BCA (Berkshire College Of Agriculture)

Berkshire College Of Agriculture

Hall Place, Burchetts Green, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 6QR
T: 01628 824444

Job Type: Equine Studies

BCA is an inclusive and successful land-based specialist college where students develop excellent practical and employment skills. We have a strong culture of continuous improvement; this is evident across the College, where students thrive and are challenged to achieve their full potential.

Based at Hall Place, our 400-acre estate is well-equipped to host a range of land-based qualifications including Equine Studies. Our Equestrian Centre has stables for over 50 horses and is approved by the British Horse Society (BHS) as a ‘Where to Train’ centre up to BHSAI. We regularly host BHS examinations and encourage all our learners to develop their practical skills alongside their vocational qualification.

Our facilities include:

●     60x40m fully lit indoor arena

●     60x40m (floodlit) outdoor arena

●     60x30m outdoor arena

●     Extensive grass rides

●     BE cross country course

●     Complete range of equipment used for practical sessions to allow students to develop the necessary skills associated with working in the equine industry including a whole skeleton.

●     Regular on-site competitions give students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience within a commercial setting

The College offers students further education diplomas and certificates from Level 1 to 3

Level 1 Diploma in Land-based Studies (Horse Care)

Full-time, 1 Year

This course will provide a basic introduction to horse care and riding skills within an educational environment. Delivery of the course is practically based with some theory lessons including English and maths as necessary. Learners will focus on the team building, relevant industry placement and developing skills ready to make their next step.

Level 2 BTEC National Diploma in Equine Studies

Full-time, 1 Year

This course provides students with an excellent opportunity to access the equine industry and/or progress through to further courses in their chosen field. Students are able to develop practical skills in the equine industry and gain underpinning knowledge of equine related topics. Students will complete a combination of internal and external industry placements which is assessed as part of the course.

Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma in Equine Management

Full-time, 2 Years

Our Level 3 courses provide a range of different sized options in terms of modules covered, level of study and providing opportunities for progression either into employment or higher education. The majority of our students choose to take the two-year programme completing a National Extended Diploma in Equine Management which is equivalent to three A-levels.

This course is actively involved in the daily care and routine of the college’s horses through yard duties which in the second year includes weekends. This allows learners to develop their practical skill set which is essential when gaining employment within the industry. It allows students to develop employability skills alongside gaining confidence in becoming independent learners. There are also opportunities to be involved in the running of college events such as dressage, showjumping and British Eventing through our annual event.

Equine Studies Virtual Information Evening on Thursday 25th March 2021, with 15-minute pre-booked appointments running from 5pm - 7:35pm.

College Open Evening - Weds 5th May 2021, 5pm - 7:30pm:

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