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Suffolk Rural-Equine Studies

Equine College & Equestrian Venue

Suffolk

Welcome to Suffolk Rural (Otley)

Situated just outside Ipswich, Suffolk our modern equestrian facility comprises of: (Available for general hire*)
  • 40m x 25m indoor arena with viewing area
  • 60m x 40m flood lit outdoor all weather arena
  • Full set of BSJA show jumps
  • Dressage boards and markers
  • Ample hard standing parking
  • 3 internal heated classrooms with smartboards
  • 1 computer room with 18 computers

*See attached price list & contact our yard manager to make a booking or for more information.

The college yard consists of:
  • 18 internal stables including 1 foaling box, all have rubber matting and half have a built in automatic watering system
  • Covered Monarch 5 horse walker
  • Well maintained feed room
  • Heated yard office
  • 2 secure heated tack rooms
  • 1 secure heated rug room with washing facilities
  • Wash bay with hot/cold running water and over head solarium
  • We also have an outdoor yard made up of 6 wooden loose boxes all with rubber matting, one having direct access to a grass paddock.

We have a varied selection of wonderful horses available to our college students, all varying in training, age, type and height (14.2hh+) but all are chosen for their temperament and suitability for our college requirements.

 

Available Equine Studies (Horse Care) courses

Equine Horse Care (Level One)

This is a one academic year programme, starting in September. Attendance to all aspects of the study programme is required, typically 3-4 days per week on-campus and a 5th day in work placement.

You don’t need any experience of working in a land-based role or any previous land-based qualification. It also allows students to learn, develop and practice the skills required for employment or further study on a range of level 2 programmes offered on our Otley Campus.

This course is designed to offer progression to level 2 programmes, apprenticeships as well as employment within the land-based sector. Land-Based Studies is for anyone who wants a career working with animals.

To achieve this qualification, students will be assessed using a range of practical demonstrations and written assignments which will be used to compile a portfolio of evidence, plus one multiple choice exam.

All students who have not achieved a grade 4 or above in GCSE English and/or maths will need to study these subjects alongside their chosen qualification.

Course Highlights

  • Health and Safety in the workplace
  • Care of Animals
  • Care of Horses
  • Employability
  • Volunteering and Work Experience
  • GCSE in Maths and English

Equine Horse Care (Level Two)

This is a one academic year programme, starting in September. Attendance to all aspects of the study programme is required, typically 3-4 days per week on campus and a 5th day in work placement.

Full time students follow a Study programme.

This new Technical qualification from City and Guilds is for students who are interested in studying both theory and practical aspects. This course has been designed by employers to deliver the most up-to-date and relevant technical skills, which combine both theory and practical aspects.

To achieve this Level 2, you will be required to complete an external assessment. You will also be assessed using a range of practical demonstrations and written assignments. As part of your Study programme you must also complete 150 hours of work experience alongside attendance at college to achieve this qualification. Typical placements may include Livery yards, Studs and competition yards.

All students who have not achieved a grade 4 or above in GCSE English and/or maths will need to study these subjects alongside their chosen qualification.

 

Course Highlights

  • Animal health and welfare
  • The principles of feeding and watering horses
  • Undertake routine stable duties
  • Work experience in an equine related business.
  • Students will also study additional optional topics, including:
  • Riding horses on the flat
  • The principles of animal biology
  • Horse tack and clothing

Equine Horse Care (Level Three)

This is a one academic year programme, starting in September. Attendance to all aspects of the study programme is required, typically 3-4 days per week on-campus plus an additional day in work placement.

This course is a technical qualification from City and Guilds which has been designed by employers to deliver the most up-to-date and relevant skills which combine both theory and practical aspects of horse care.

You will follow a study programme of theory and practical aspects, including Health and Wellbeing, Husbandry and Handling, Nutrition and Feeding, Horse Behaviours, and Welfare.

To achieve this Level 3, you will be required to complete a total of two external assessments in Year 1. You will also be assessed using a range of practical demonstrations and written assignments. As part of your Study programme, you must also complete 150 hours of work experience alongside attendance at college, to achieve this qualification. Typical placements may include Livery yards, Studs and competition yards.

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to a second year in order to achieve an Advanced Technical Extended Diploma

Course Highlights

  • Health and wellbeing, husbandry and handling
  • Nutrition and feeding
  • Horse behaviours and welfare

You may also study additional optional topics, including:

  • Prepare horses for presentation
  • Biological systems of horses
  • The principles of competition grooming
  • Exercising horses

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