This courses is for mature students (19+) who have been out of full-time education for one or more years and wish to gain the necessary qualifications needed to progress on to higher education and study a degree level programme.
The course will help to develop a range of academic and study skills as well as practical skills working with horses.
- Taught by industry expert staff with extensive knowledge of the equine industry and related experience
- One of the largest indoor arenas of any college in the country at 90 x 36m, with a gel track cushioned surface
- Fully floodlit warm up arena at 30 x 60m, with a rubber surface
- Stabling for over 40 horses
- All-weather outdoor school
- Cross country schooling course
- The centre is British Horse Society approved and hosts regular competitions, events and exams
19+ Advanced Learner Loan: If you are aged 19 or over, and you want to study an Access to Higher Education programme, you may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your tuition fees.
Student Finance England will write off any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE programme, if you go on to complete a higher education/university level course. This means you do not have to repay it. If you don’t go on to study a higher education/university level course, you won’t need to start paying back the loan until you earn over £25,725 per year. Contact us for more details.
Level 3 Entitlement fee remission: If you are aged 19–23 and this will be your first eligible, full Level 3 course, then you may be able to do this course for free.
This qualification is awarded by LASER.
How you'll learn and be assessed
A variety of teaching and learning strategies will be employed including: lectures, group work, discussions and practicals.
If you pass the Access course you can progress onto the Equine Management Foundation Degree at Merrist Wood College, or to university to study an equine related degree. Please note that successful completion of an Access to Higher Education qualification does not automatically guarantee a place at university however the vast majority of Access students’ progress to their chosen university courses each year.
To be eligible for a place on this programme, you must have a GCSE at grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or a Functional Skills Level 2 qualification.
Please note: If you wish to go on to study a medicine degree, most universities require five GCSEs, including English, maths, and science at grades 7–9 (A–A* equivalent).
Applicants are advised to contact their university of choice to confirm the criteria.
Some degrees require that you have some relevant paid or voluntary work experience, and this will also be checked at interview.
Applicants must be aged over 19 and have been out of full-time education for a year.
You will have a numeracy and literacy assessment to check your suitability to study at Level 3 and may have the opportunity to re-take either a maths or English GCSE alongside this course.
If you don’t meet the entry criteria, don’t worry! We have a range of one-year, Pre-Access courses available to help you get started.
There is also a wide range of support available at the college for students, including financial support.