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Derby College Group (DCG)

Equine Studies At Derby College Group

Broomfield Hall, Morley, Ilkeston, Derby, Derbyshire, DE7 6DN
T: 0800 028 0289

Job Type: Business Management / Coaching / Equine Studies / Science / Sports & Performance

KS4, Further Education, Higher Education and short course options available

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


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.

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.  Our Higher Education programmes are validated by the University of Derby, however, this course is delivered and assessed entirely at our Equestrian Centre, Broomfield Hall. To find out more about the courses please click here

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
  • Full time accommodation is available on site for equine students
  • 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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