(Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma)

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This is a one-year Level 3 programme (equivalent to 1 A Level) that directly relates to the horse industry. You must have experience of working with horses. The programme develops both technical knowledge and practical skills through lectures, routines, duties, practices, demonstrations and visits.

Work Experience:- Routine duties on a rota basis, including weekends, are an essential part of the programme. This will involve working on the equine unit doing early morning practical duties before the normal timetabled day begins. It is a requirement to spend time working in the industry, as part of the course.  You will have the opportunity if you wish to be involved in the College Horse Show Team.


Elise Baldwin

Qualifications Gained

  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Horse Management
  • Plumpton College Certificate in Horse Management
  • Additional practice to prepare for BHS exams
  • Riding and Road Safety
  • First Aid
  • College award, Functional Skills or GCSEs in English and maths
Entry Requirements:

Students will normally be at least 16 years old on entry and have:

  • 3 GCSE passes at grade C or above, ideally to include Science, Mathematics and English, or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care at Merit or above
  • Period of practical experience working with horses

Mature applicants who do not possess any of the above qualifications will be considered individually.


One year

I chose my course as I felt i would be the best course to suit my needs, both from a learning point of view and practically. The practical skills I've gained at Plumpton have really boosted my confidence around horses.

Lucy Skitt

Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care


The large equine unit is a BHS approved centre and consists of two well equipped yards, a traditional yard of 20 boxes and an 'American Barn' designed yards with 40 boxes. 

There are:

  • Two indoor schools
  • A large outdoor school
  • Horse walker
  • Mechanical horse
  • Cross country course

The extensive College estate is ideal for hacking out.

Future Opportunities

This programme is designed for those who are looking to work in a position of responsibility within the equine industry and wish to specialise in a specific sector. Students who achieve a Merit or Distinction will be able to progress to the BTEC Extended Diploma in Horse Management.


Indicative Programme Content

  • Stable management
  • Equitation (practical & theory)
  • Horse behaviour & welfare
  • Fitting horse tack & equipment
  • Monitor animal feeding
  • Horse husbandry
  • English & maths

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