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Hadlow College

Hadlow, Tonbridge, Kent, TN11 0AL
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Job Type: Coaching / Sports & Performance / Therapy & Rehabilitation

By studying an equine course at Hadlow College, you can become part of an industry which, with approximately 900,000 horses and 2 million riders in the UK, constantly needs well trained and devoted individuals to give expert care and tuition.

Whilst studying at our main site in Hadlow, students are able to use the excellent facilities and resources which are expertly utilised in all aspects of the course. Practical resources include over sixty horses consisting of; young stock, a stallion, broodmares, schoolmasters and competition horses which allow students to progressively develop their skills through each level.

At our Royal Borough of Greenwich Equestrian Centre there are up to twenty horses, with modern well equipped teaching areas and a state of the art therapy centre.

Students receive outstanding support from a team of highly qualified teaching staff with extensive and diverse experiences within the equine sector. The experience of training with excellent resources, combined with high expectations, both in lessons and during practical duties, gives every student the best opportunity to achieve. Students have exceptional opportunity to gain genuine hands on practical experience as well as ride and compete quality horses. They gain knowledge and develop their practical skills in horse husbandry, horse handling, grooming, application of tack and equipment, feeding and routine yard management. Students will also study horse behaviour and welfare, anatomy and learn how to work a horse correctly on the flat, if that option is chosen.

In addition to the development of vocational skills, students will develop transferable skills such as; team work, effective communication, presentation skills and problem solving.

Students benefit from field trips to a variety of events and significant equine establishments. In the past these have included; The New Forest, Windsor Horse Show and The King’s Troop. Opportunity is also given to students to compete and help at College run shows using our horses.

The undertaking of vocational qualifications alongside their course are encouraged and supported such as the BHS examinations which are highly recognised by industry.

Work experience is built into all courses (including weekends and holidays) to ensure students develop the necessary employability skills that the industry requires. 

Further Education

Level 1 Diploma in Land-Based Studies - Horse Care (Full Time)

This one-year course is designed to provide a basic foundation in horse care. The following are examples of some of the topics students can expect to study within the course: 

• Safe and effective procedures in land-based industries 
• Develop performance in land-based industries 
• Assist with feeding and watering animals 
• Assist with the preparation for exercise and after care of horses 
• Maintain the health of horses 
• Functional skills/GCSE - English and maths 
• Work experience 

A choice of either: 
• Exercise horses under supervision Or 
• Assist with the handling and restraint of horses 

Level 2 Technical in Horse Care (Full-Time)

This is a one-year, full time course consisting of a range of subjects that enable students to achieve a sound foundation in equine studies preparing them for employment or apprenticeships within the industry. The course offers students exceptional opportunity to gain hands on experience to develop their practical skills in horse husbandry and riding. 

The course structure comprises a range of units designed to provide students with a sound understanding of the principals of horse care. There are mandatory units and a choice between two optional units. 

The following titles are an example of some of the topics students can expect to study within the course:
• Equine tack and equipment 
• Introduction to biology and health 
• Equine work placement 
• Principles of working with horses 
• Equine preparation and plaiting 
• Practical yard duties 
• Practical equine behaviour 
• Riding horses on the flat 
• Functional skills/GCSE - English and maths

Duties: Morning and afternoon duties are a vital and obligatory part of this course. 

Level 3 Technical Qualification in Equine Management (Full-Time)

This is a one or two year, full time course consisting of a range subjects that enable students to achieve a good foundation in equine studies preparing them for employment in various fields within the industry. The course offers students exceptional opportunity to gain hands on experience to develop their practical skills in horse husbandry and riding. 

Year two builds on the essential skills and knowledge gained in year one with students progressing to develop higher level skills such as; yard management, working with breeding stock and organising events. Students are trained towards their British Horse Alongside the course students are trained towards their British Horse Society qualifications, and are supported to take exams from BHS Stage 1 through to BHS Stage 3 and BHS stage 2 teach. 

This course is structured to include mandatory and optional units, allowing students to specialise, particularly in year 2. 

Higher Education

FdSc Equine Training & Management

Enabling students to gain a solid understanding of the equine industry in a vocational way, this programme is divided between the classroom, practical sessions, visits and lecture demonstrations. You will be given the necessary management skills for a career within the equine industry and, by the end of the programme, be particularly suited to work in the competition horse industry as either a coach, trainer, rider, stable manager, centre manager or events co-ordinator. This programme can be structured to your individual experiences.

AWARDING BODY: University of Greenwich

CAMPUS: Hadlow College 

BSc (Hons) Equine Training & Management

This comprehensive degree programme covers all aspects of equine management and equips graduates with the necessary skills to run their own equine business. Structured to allow you to pursue a programme which reflects your experiences and interests, the course is a mix between theory and practical outside demonstrations, visits and seminars. You will cover the training and breeding of horses, equine science and estate management.

AWARDING BODY: University of Greenwich

CAMPUS: Hadlow College 

BSc (Hons) Applied Equine Welfare & Management

This BSc degree develops your knowledge and understanding of a range of equine health and welfare issues occurring during the current equine crisis and beyond, with a particular emphasis on development of practical skills for enhancement and maintenance of general health and welfare following injury. In addition to developing broad equine-specific knowledge and skills, the programme will also foster key transferrable professional and analytical skills. Through work-based learning opportunities and Hadlow college’s links, you will graduate in a strong position to enter the equine industry.

AWARDING BODY: University of Greenwich

CAMPUS: Hadlow College 

FdSc Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation

This highly-unique degree course has been designed in conjunction with industry experts to equip students who wish to work in the field of therapy and rehabilitation. Designed not only to allow students to evaluate, design and administer a range of therapy treatments, graduates will also be ‘client ready’ and coached in personal skills so as to be ready to work within a related therapy/rehabilitation organisation. 

AWARDING BODY: University of Greenwich

CAMPUS: Royal Borough of Greenwich Equestrian Skills Centre 

BSc (Hons) Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation

Focusing on the therapy and rehabilitation strategies which are complementary to those traditionally offered by a veterinarian, this programme will equip students to evaluate, design and administer a range of treatments. Throughout this programme you will gain an understanding of equine physiology and anatomy and, by the end of the three years, be equipped to either enter post-graduate study or progress into this emerging field as a self-employed practitioner. The programme makes full use of the brand-new facilities at this campus and has been designed with the help of industry experts.

AWARDING BODY: University of Greenwich

CAMPUS: Royal Borough of Greenwich Equestrian Skills Centre 

Further information on all of the courses can be found on the college website

For Open Days, Taster Days and Equine events visit www.hadlow.ac.uk/events

 

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