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Horsemanship (Equitation or Stud Management)

Course Code(s):  5M3371
QQI Award Code:  5M3371 Horsemanship
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Kildalton Agricultural & Horticultural College

Kildalton Agricultural & Horticultural College


 
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Course overview

Course Code 5M3371
QQI Award Code 5M3371 Horsemanship
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This one-year course aims to provide students with:

- Knowledge and skills relating to the sport horse industry
- Qualification for employment opportunities in the industry including stud farms, training yards and equestrian centres
- Progression and articulation options to higher level courses

What will you Study?

The course consists of 30 weeks course work at Kildalton College. During this time students develop knowledge and skills in areas such as:

- Stable and Yard Routine
- Equine Work Practice
- Sport Horse Riding
- Young Horse Schooling

Students spend a considerable amount of time developing their handling skills. Students intending to concentrate solely on a career in Stud Management are given an additional opportunity to focus on Horse Breeding and Management modules. This course does not meet the training requirements for Stamp Duty Exemption.
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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5M3371

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Advanced Certificate in Horsemanship Kildalton Agricultural & Horticultural College 

Sample Careers

If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Agricultural Adviser   Farmer - Dairy  
Farmer - Dry Stock   Farm Manager  
Dairy Industry Scientist   Nutritionist  
Veterinary Practitioner / Surgeon   Farrier  
Riding / Equestrian Instructor   Veterinary Nurse  

Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Animals & Veterinary Science
Leisure, Sport & Fitness
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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