NVQ CITY & GUILDS COURSES
We teach a range of equestrian courses covering Horse Care and other activities.
16-18 year olds:
A full time course (School/College times) at our premises for students who prefer not to stay on at School. Free of Charge.
A part time course at our premises. For general interest & pleasure, to increase your equine experience, or to help in your career. We can usually get significant funding so adults pay only a small fee, and there are bursaries for low-paid etc.
Some under 16's may be eligible for fully-funded (ie free of charge) courses. This is limited to children who are not being funded by the Government to attend school, for example, home-educated students etc
To reserve a course place with no obligation please complete the form which you can download HERE and post or email it to us.
SEE BELOW FOR COURSE TIMES/ATTENDANCE DETAILS
All theoretical and practical tuition takes place at our Riding School in Callow End. Quality Control is undertaken by Abingdon & Witney College who also arrange final examinations.
Students usually study Level 1 in the first year, followed by Levels 2 and 3 in the two subsequent years.
We also run a series of shorter courses.
Courses cover all aspects of Horse Care, Stable Management and Horse Riding.
Teaching takes place in our outdoor schools, around the stable yard, and in our class room. The pace of teaching is geared to individual students.
Students get a valuable qualification at the end of the course, but also a great sense iof achievement and satisfaction.
16-18 year olds:
All young people must now do one of the following until they reach 18:
stay in full-time education, for example at school
spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering, while in part-time education or training
This course at Court Equestrian allows students to meet that obligation in an interesting and stimulating environment and to achieve recognised and valuable City & Guilds qualifications, without having to stay on at school.
All the teaching and experience takes place at our friendly & professional yard.
There is no cost to the student as we are paid by the Government.
The course follows the academic year. In broad terms, it involves a minimum of 16 hours per week of "guided work" on the yard, that is both practical work and theory, plus additional hours of riding or other activity if the student wants to.
The hours can be worked in the usual school 5-day week, but, by agreement for suitable students it can be covered in a 4-day week. Similarly, the student can attend during the the usual school hours, or, based on the requirements of the work of the yard, alternative hours can be agreed. This can provide considerable flexibility for students.
We have special modules for any students that have not achieved the appropriate GCSE in English and Maths.
There is a number of different courses at both Level 1 and Level 2. We also teach Level 3.
The course content, examinations, and qualifications are the same for adults.
However, we have much more flexibility with hours and attendance.
The basic course would involve 16 hours per week (academic terms) on the yard. Whilst this can be during the normal working day, we usually run one evening session a week, with voluntary attendance, which counts towards the total number of hours.
It is also possible for us to provide a package that is virtually all evening work and some study at home, in order to reach the target hours.
We will work with you to try to find a suitable package that is convenient for all of us.
The courses are currently also funded by the Government, except for a small charge that we are obliged to make. For 2018-18 academic year this ranges from £110 to £169, with a small additional fee if a test has to be taken again.
FREE EQUINE SHORT COURSE
A recognised City & Guilds Level 2 Extended Certificate in Horse Care. This exciting short course is free for over 19's and its 3 modules includes riding and stable management (the full Level 2 has 12 modules).
Delivered flexibly during weekdays OR weekends the course is for learners who may want to work in the horse care industry or who simply want to learn more in an enjoyable, fun and sociable way. These qualifications cover theory plus practise.
The course gives skills that help employment in the equine industry or it helps improve knowledge and riding ability.
For more info click HERE
The next course will start in February. Then, due to changes in grant funding, the course starting in April 2020 may involve a modest payment by the student