Horsemanship (Level 5)

Non-riding option available…

Award Title: QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horsemanship / British Horse Society Coach in Complete Horsemanship
Programme Co-ordinator: Bridgette McCarthy
Award Code: 6M3505

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
  • Work Experience (5N1356)
  • Communications (5N0609)

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 on the industry, both in Ireland and abroad
  • Opportunities to progress to the Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horsemanship

Additional Training:

Learners have the opportunity to complete the following short courses:

  • First Aid Responder
  • Safeguarding training
  • Guest speakers and field trips include Army Equitation School, Coolmore Stud, Goresbridge Sales etc, and demonstrations by Association of Irish Riding Establishments.

“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) 2023