Horsemanship (BHS Stage One)

Non-riding option available…

Award Title: QQI Level 5 Certificate in Horsemanship / British Horse Society Foundation Coach
Programme Co-ordinator: Bridgette McCarthy
Award Code: 5M3371
Course Code: 414304

Programme Description:

This is one-year, full-time programme designed to meet the demands of a wide and expanding equine industry. The course provides learners with skills required for seeking careers in a wide range of sectors in the equine industry.

Component Awards:

  • Stable and Yard Routine (5N3355)
  • Young Horse Training Techniques (5N3357)
  • Sport Horse Riding (5N3359) for riding option
  • Sport Horse Riding Instruction (5N3362)
  • Equine Nutrition (5N3363)
  • Equine Anatomy and Physiology (5N3360)
  • Work Experience (5N1356)
  • Communications (5N0690) 

Special Entry Requirements:

  • Practical riding assessment unless doing non-riding programme
  • Applicants are required to have previous riding experience (if taking Riding module) and some skills and knowledge of horse care


  • Direct entry to a variety of settings in the industry to include competition yards, riding schools, livery yards, sales, in Ireland and abroad. 
  • Opportunities to progress to the Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horsemanship 

Additional Activities:

  • First Aid Responder  
  • Safeguarding training 
  • Guest speakers and field trips (eg. Army Equitation School, Coolmore Stud, Goresbridge Sales, etc and demonstrations by Industry experts)
  • N.B. Entry to All British Horse Society exams require approval of ‘ready for assessment’ by Accredited Coaches prior to applying for assessment

“The Horsemanship course is truly a wonderful experience where I have learned a lot in only a short period of time. The course has given me a great number of opportunities to improve my knowledge and skills and has opened many doors for me career-wise in the horse world. There is nothing but support and positivity shown from everyone here and I’m greatly thankful for that!”

Lisa – Horsemanship (Level 5)