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Reaseheath College

Study Equine At Reaseheath College

Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 6DF
T: 01270 613242

Job Type: Equine Studies / Science / Sports & Performance / Therapy & Rehabilitation

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, preferring to focus on business or horse management. 

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. From true-to-life work experiences across the sector to study tours and travel scholarships, this all helps 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. 

Our equine students tell us they most enjoy: 

  • Riding in our fabulous indoor arena or two outdoor arenas, all with synthetic surfaces 
  • Our range of over 60 horses, in small modern yards and for all standards of riders 
  • Our supportive and experienced tutors and lecturers 
  • Great opportunities for research and work experience 
  • Joining study tours and visiting studs, rehabilitation centres and equine businesses Helping to organise masterclasses and national shows or being part of our arena team at the Horse of the Year Show and Bolesworth International Horse Show 
  • Preparing for extra qualifications such as BHS exams and college certificates 
  • Joining our Riding Club with its competitions and clinics 
  • Riding Flicka, our mechanical horse! 

College courses 

Level 1 Foundation in Horse Care: 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, go on off-site trips and take part in riding lessons. 

Level 2 Technical Certificate in Horse 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. 

Equine Management Tech Bacc: 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 and Level 3 Apprenticeship in Horse Care: As an apprentice you will have the chance to work and earn a wage while building your knowledge and skills. All of your training 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) Applied Equine Behaviour and Welfare (Top-Up): This course will top-up your foundation degree, thoroughly preparing you for a career in the performance and leisure horse industry. Making use of our excellent onsite facilities, you’ll explore the science and behavioural theory behind training techniques and performance. 

BSc (Hons) Equine Science: Explore the science behind the latest advances in the equine industry. This programme covers key veterinary science modules such as Mammalian Biochemistry and Veterinary Microbiology, with the chance to tailor your degree to your career aspirations. The modules involve developing key laboratory skills and culminate in the opportunity to engage in collaborative projects with industry partners. 

BSc (Hons) Equine Science and Sports Performance: This course centres on the athletic performance of the horse and rider, preparing you for a career in equestrian performance, coaching or team performance management. This programme has been developed with industry guidance to ensure you will have the skills and experience to work successfully in the equestrian performance industry once you’ve graduated.
Foundation Degree Applied Equine Behaviour and Welfare: If you’re looking to work in the fields of equine training, equine behaviour management or behaviour rehabilitation, this is the degree for you. You will have the chance to learn the scientific and behavioural theory underlying training techniques, alongside developing an understanding of factors that affect normal equine behaviour both on the ground and whilst being ridden. 

Foundation Degree Equine Physical Therapies and Rehabilitation: Using physical therapies and remedial ground-working techniques you will gain the relevant skills and knowledge to address musculo-skeletal problems in horses and how to enhance performance. This course makes use of our excellent campus facilities in our Equestrian Centre, including gait analysis equipment, and the college gym to gain a deeper understanding of saddle-horse-rider interactions. 

Reaseheath College Events (2017/18)

Course Open Events:

Tuesday 5th June, 6pm start

Year 10 Taster Days – 4th, 5th & 6th July 

Year 11 Taster Day – 2nd July https://www.reaseheath.ac.uk/equine-year-11-taster-day/

Live Facebook Chat - About Careers in Equine – 27th June https://www.facebook.com/ReaseheathEquestrianCentre/

University Centre Reaseheath Events (2018/19) 

Open Days, 11am start:

  • Saturday 2nd June
  • Saturday 13th October
  • Saturday 27th October
  • Saturday 10th November
  • Saturday 8th December
  • Saturday 16th March 


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