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We teach a range of equestrian courses covering Horse Care and other activities.
We are now accepting applications for the Long and Short City & Guilds courses
that we are running every academic year.
Fully-funded or largely-funded by Govt. depending on course.


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 possibly by 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 new indoor riding arena, our two 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 of 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

  • start an apprenticeship or traineeship

  • 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.

19+ (adults)

Government policy changes from time-to-time. However, the longer City & Guilds courses are still available for the moment for adult, as well as the shorter courses.

Email OR for application details.


A recognised City & Guilds Level 2 Extended Certificate in Horse Care.  These exciting short courses are run several times a year for over 19's. Courses are: Riding and Horse Care. They comprise a number of modules, some compulsory and some can usually be chosen by the student. 

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.


Parents/carers find these courses very useful.


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

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16-18 year olds & Looked-after students:

A full time course (School/College times) at our premises for students who prefer not to stay on at School. Free of Charge. Courses for older Looked-after students also be free.

Adults (19+)

Part time courses are held 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.

Under 16's

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 contact us to discuss the course. Once we confirm we have a place for you Abingdon & Witney College will email you a link for you to complete an online application form - this will happen close to the course start date.


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