The Government funds and regulates adult Further Education and skills training in England. They pay a proportion of the cost to deliver the course and expect the student, or a sponsor, to pay the remaining portion. This is referred to as the ‘tuition fees’ and is what we display on our guide. If a course or a learner is not eligible for government funding the Full Cost /international fees will be liable. Please refer to our International fees page for more information.
Please note that the fees for government funded courses relate to ONE academic year only and may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances, including changes to Government funding and remission policies, so before enrolling on a course please check with the College for the latest information. The College also reserves the right to close, or not to start any published course.
Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained on this website is correct. However, the College reserves the right to change or amend, at any time, any of the course details including content, dates, times, venues, fees payable, concessions available, terms and conditions.
Content / Overview
Course content includes:
- Fit and maintain horse tack and clothing – exploring horse clothing and saddlery including a range of tack, boots and bandages
- Undertake horse grooming, trimming and plaiting - presenting horses groomed, trimmed and plaited
- Work related experience - carry out equine related work experience on the college yard and within the equine industry
- Introduction to the principles of horse behaviour - explore the principles of horse behaviour and how these can be applied in practice
- Riding horses on the flat - develop your riding ability on the flat and riding on the road
- Riding horses over fences- introduces ground poles and small fences
- Undertake routine stable duties-learn the principles of stable duties and apply these in practice on the college yard
- Carry out and understand the principles of feeding and watering - introduces feeding and watering of horses including basic husbandry and ration formulation
- Undertake horse handling - focuses on developing and improving skills in handling a variety of horses in different situations.
All 16-19 year olds on full-time programmes will be required to retake GCSE English and Maths or to undertake Functional Skills, if they have not already attained the equivalent of a GCSE grade C in these subjects, every year of their course, until they complete their studies.
Why Study Here
We have excellent facilities and extremely experienced, fully qualified teaching staff. Merrist Wood Arena has one of the largest indoor surfaces in the South East holding regular British Dressage, British Show Jumping and unaffiliated dressage, show jumping and showing events. You will have the bonus of discounted entries when events are run by Merrist Wood Arena and the opportunity to help at events and lecture demonstrations. We have a modern purpose built yard catering for 42 horses and a cross country course that is used in practical equitation lessons. The equine department has fully equipped classrooms one of which can incorporate a horse for lectures when necessary.
School leavers wishing to enter and progress within the equine industry.
Application followed by individual interview
Between two and four GCSEs at grades 2 - 3 (grade D - E) or above, including Maths, English and a Science, or a Level 1 qualification at Merit or above. Very basic experience of being around horses and able to walk, trot and canter on a horse at a novice level is required.
Using both classroom-based lectures and practicals based on the equine yard.
Written assessments, practical skills tests, optional British Horse Society stage exams.
Horse Management Level 3 Diplomas, or jobs such as assisting in yards, working in the racing industry, or retailing.
Daily and weekend yard duties also form part of a regular and important part of the course. Visits are arranged to various equine events and other places of interest during the course and you do not have to own your own horse.
The College takes the welfare of our horses very seriously. In order to ensure that horses are not put under undue duress or strain we will weigh all students and assign horses accordingly. This means that we may impose restrictions or limit opportunities depending on the horses we have available. We cannot guarantee always having horses that may be suitable.
All learners will study for an additional qualification in Functional Skills English at an appropriate and challenging level.
All students aged 19 years or over on 1 September in the first year of their course are expected to pay tuition, registration, exam fees and all other course related costs. Some assistance with these costs may be available depending on your circumstances and the latest government funding position.
There are normally no tuition, registration or examination fees to pay if you are aged 16-18 on 1 September in the first year of your course and are a British or European Union resident. This does not apply to HNCs/Ds, Foundation Degrees, Degrees or courses that do not attract government funding (identified as 'no fee remission available on this course').