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Content / Overview
This qualification is designed for those who wish to study equine at degree level, but do not have the necessary qualifications to do so. The course will help to develop a range of academic and study skills for those returning to education as well as practical skills working with horses.
Why Study Here
- Taught by industry expert staff with extensive knowledge of the equine industry and related experience
- One of the largest indoor arenas of any college in the country at 90 x 36m, with a gel track cushioned surface
- Fully floodlit warm up arena at 30 x 60m, with a rubber surface
- Stabling for over 40 horses
- All-weather outdoor school
- Cross country schooling course
- The centre is British Horse Society approved and hosts regular competitions, events and exams.
This courses is suitable for mature students with a passion for horses, who wish to gain the necessary qualifications needed to progress on to higher education and study a degree level programme.
Application followed by individual interview
This course is open to suitable candidates who are 19+ years of age and demonstrate sufficient interest and commitment. There are no formal entry requirements, but candidates should have English and preferably Maths GCSE (grades A*-C) or equivalent. You will be invited to discuss your suitability and needs at interview and may be asked to undertake an initial assessment. Additionally, students whose first language is not English require an IELTS score of 5.5 or higher.
We recommend that candidates who do not currently have English and Maths GCSE (grades A* - C) should consider the Preparing for Advanced Study Scheme (PASS) programme or consider studying GCSEs part-time at the College.
A variety of teaching and learning strategies will be employed including: lectures, group work, discussions and practicals.
The course is continuously assessed using a variety of assessment methods. You will build up credits throughout the course as unit assignments and test are completed. Your progress is discussed and monitored in tutorials.
If you pass the Access course you can progress onto the Equine Management Foundation Degree at Merrist Wood College, or to university to study an equine related degree. Please note that successful completion of an Access to Higher Education qualification does not automatically guarantee a place at university however the vast majority of Access students’ progress to their chosen university courses each year.
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').