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Equestrian Qualifications - Full Time Education Course, or Part Time for Adults

Court Equestrian is a teaching centre for NVQ qualifications in horse riding. We teach and deliver City & Guilds Work-based Level 1 and Level 2 (and by special agreement Level 3) in Horse Care with Riding.

These are suitable for:

  • Young people aged 16, 17 or 18 who want to pursue full time (16 hours/week minimum) education INSTEAD of going away to College, getting a job or entering a training programme. It is particularly suited to young people who have an interest in any animal-related future career, or who want a more practical type of education.
  • Adults who would like to extend their knowledge and experience of horse care and riding.

You do not have to be a horse rider. Indeed one of the courses does not have to include horse riding

We have been teaching NVQ courses for many years and we have fully-qualified Assessors/Instructors as well as fully-trained and qualified Coaches.

We have full funding for riders aged from 16 – 19 (ie up to the year in which they become 19) and have some limited funding for riders over 19 so the courses can be free.

These qualifications are similar to the qualifications that you may get at Hartpury Further Education College or  Hereford & Ludlow College's Holme Lacy Campus

The qualifications are formally awarded by Abingdon & Witney College with whom we work and who undertakes Quality Control and audit our performance.

The courses are particularly suitable for the following :

1. Young people aged now have to stay at school or be in in recognised training at least until their 18th birthday by law. The following is an extract from the Government website:

  1. In England, your leaving age depends on when you were born. You can leave school on the last Friday in June as long as you’ll be 16 by the end of that year’s summer holidays.

    But you must stay in some form of education or training until:

  • your 18th birthday if you were born on or after 1 September 1997

Your options are:

  • full-time education - eg at a school or college
  • an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • part-time education or training - as well as being employed, self-employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week



You do not have to be an experienced Rider. If staying on at School really is not for you and if you have taken advice from your parents/guardians/teachers etc, you can apply to continue your studies here at Court Equestrian.

You will do 16 hours training per week, plus additional duties. As well as doing a Course that will give you an academic qualification, you work in a fantastic environment where you combine Fun with Work, and you meet a variety of people, you learn to take responsibility, and you have lots of opportunities to ride if you so wish. You may also be able to help teach others to share your knowledge and experience. With plenty of outdoor work, you will also get fitter!

If you have not got your basic English and Maths, we provide additional training in these areas alongside the main course.

We can normally get funding for you, so the course is free.

2. Young people aged 16-19 who stay on at school/College or who are in recognised full time training/apprenticeships/volunteering etc can also do this course at Court Equestrian on a Part-Time basis. Please discuss this with us to see if, this year, we have funding for this category.

3.  Anyone age 19+ can undertake the course, whether you want to add an academic qualification or just improve your riding and knowledge of horses and stable management. If you are over the age of 19 and you do not have any academic qualifications, we can usually obtain full funding – that is, the course is free for you.

However, if you are over 19 and do have some academic qualifications (GCSE, A level etc),  we may be able to obtain some funding for you, but it does depend on the availability of Government funding and priorities in that year.

The Course follows the academic year and starts in September. Students are expected to do Level 1 first, followed, optionally, by Level 2. The course work is a combination of theory and practise involving most aspects of riding, horse care, horse health and stable management. You will meet a variety of people – other staff, other students, paying customers and you will be expected to set a good example.

NOTE: ALL STUDENTS ON THE NVQ COURSE. You must be familar with the Health & Safety Policy and abide by it.

you can read the policy here

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