BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Equine Management


Course Summary

Duration – 2 year course with 360 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) with a total of 560 hours Total Qualification Time (TQT)

Entry requirements – applicants will be 16 – 19 years of age and will most likely succeed if they have:
5 GCSE’s at good grades, and/or
– BTEC qualifications at Level 2
– Achievements in English and Maths through GCSE or Functional Skills
– Relevant Work Experience

Aims of the course

This qualification offers an engaging programme to support learners who want a career within the equine sector. The qualification gives learners specialist knowledge and technical skills, enabling entry to an Apprenticeship or other employment. When studied alongside other level 3 qualifications it supports progression to related higher education courses.

Areas of study

The course is made up of 5 units, of which 4 are mandatory and learners will chose their optional unit.

Mandatory units:
1) Equine structure, form and function (assessed externally)
2) Work experience in the equine sector
3) Horse Tack, equipment and rugs
4) Equine health & husbandry

Optional units – a) Preparation & presentation for competition disciplines, b) Equine behaviour, c) Riding horses in the open, d) Introduction to equestrian coaching

Cirencester-based Royal Agricultural University (RAU) is delighted to announce it will be partnering with successful local equestrian centre, Rein and Shine, to further increase its equine offering. Rein and Shine’s BTEC Level 3 students have been given the opportunity to spend an away day at the RAU . This wonderful opportunity will see the students receiving training on equine anatomy and physiology with the chance to experience a guided dissection.  from some of the best equine lecturers in the country. Furthermore, RAU has confirmed the BTEC Level 3 qualification will be acceptable, alongside other relevant Level 3 qualifications, to apply for all of their BSc (Hons) Equine Courses. See here for more information

Work experience

75 hours work experience is required. This can be arranged and provided within the Livery Yard, Riding School, and Competition Centre situated on site. Students will participate in riding school activities, riding club supervision, working in the office, supporting riding school schedules, Set tasks to oversee safety and condition of tack and equipment, supporting schools visiting the centre, supporting competitions within various disciplines, plus clinics held at the centre. Such wide-ranging duties will greatly enhance the students practical knowledge and experience.

Method of Assessment

Through a variety of internal and external assessments including practical assessments, observations, written work, questions, tests, case studies, project work, reports and presentations. Students should plan to undertake additional private study each day to complete assignment work.


This Certificate is equivalent to one A Level and up to 56 UCAS points. Learners will be encouraged to take BHS Stage 1 qualification.
The qualification is focussed on supporting progression to employment. You will be signposted routes to apprenticeships in the equine sector or direct entry to roles such as trainee groom or stable yard assistant.
When taken alongside other Level 3 qualifications, it supports progression to a range of higher education courses in equine management such as Equine Sports Coaching, Equine Sports Science, Equine Business Management, Equine Sports Science, Equine Sports Therapy, Equine Science & Management, Equine Training & Management, Equine Behaviour.

Additional Skills

Employability and Technical skills will include cognitive and problem-solving skills, intrapersonal skills and interpersonal skills.
Transferable knowledge and skills for higher education will include ability to learn independently, ability to research actively and methodically, ability to give presentations and be active group members.
Lifelong skills include effective writing, analytical skills, creative development, preparation for assessment methods used in degrees.

Required Equipment and uniform

BSI approved riding hat, jodhpurs, whip, gloves, water proof clothing and footwear suitable for yard work, riding boots and a body Protector. Course polo shirts, sweatshirts and coats can be purchased from the Centre.

Entry process

Complete and return an application form in the first instance. See download above. You may then be invited to an interview during which your options will be discussed. A written decision is normally provided within 4 weeks after which you will attend an induction day prior to course commencement.

Contact us for further information or call 01666 860068

Course Application Form