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BTEC Equine Management

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The equine sector is an exciting and well-respected industry, which is rapidly expanding in the UK, contributing £7 billion a year to the economy. This sector has more than 19,000 businesses, 41,200 employees and many volunteers. The equine industry includes the welfare, husbandry, supervision and riding of horses, which means there are opportunities for working ranging from livery operations to thoroughbred racehorse training.

Who is this qualification for?

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Equine Management is intended as a Tech Level qualification, equivalent in size to one A level and, as such, is designed to meet the Tech Bacc measure, when studied alongside level 3 mathematics and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). This qualification offers an engaging programme to support students who aspire to a career in the equine industry. This size of qualification allows students to study related and complementary qualifications without duplication of content. It provides good preparation for someone considering an apprenticeship in the equine sector. When taken alongside further level 3 qualifications, it also supports access to a range of higher education courses in the Equine management sector. No prior study of the sector is needed, but students should normally have a range of achievement at level 2, in GCSEs or equivalent qualifications.

What does the qualification cover?

The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with employers and professional bodies to ensure that the content is appropriate for those interested in working in the sector. In addition, higher education representatives have been involved to ensure that it fully supports progression towards higher study. There are four mandatory units, which cover the following aspects of equine management:

  • equine structure, form and function
  • work experience in the equine sector
  • horse tack, equipment and rugs
  • equine health and husbandry. Students will be able to add one option unit to the mandatory content. The option units have been designed to support progression to a range of employment opportunities in the equine management sector, and to a range of higher education courses. Option units introduce students to a sector specialist area of their choice, including working in particular environments, and link with relevant occupational areas.

The option units cover areas such as:

  • equine behaviour
  • riding horses in the open
  • estates and grassland management
  • introduction to equestrian coaching

All students taking this qualification will be required to engage with sector employers as part of their course, including 75 hours’ work experience with an employer in the sector, where opportunities will be given to develop practical skills in preparation for employment.

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