YEAR 11’s

Would you like to do a course that involves horses but still go to University at the end of the course? Then visit us at our OPEN DAY on Good Friday 14th April where you can chat about our horse care & management courses with our friendly staff, have a look around and meet some of our 70+ well-behaved horses and ponies.

All the family welcome. On site Cafe open all day Call 0161 969 5853 for more info. No appointment necessary

Do you have a passion for horses? Want to work with these beautiful animals on a daily basis? Seeking a career in riding, equine and/or stable management? Want to study full-time in a centre with amazing facilities? This course is for You

These fantastic courses are based at Carrington Riding Centre which is a friendly approved Riding School based in Trafford. Facilities include an indoor school and four, all weather, rubber surfaced outdoor floodlit ménages with comfortable viewing facilities and cafe. We are the only riding school in the area to have our own Racewood Dressage simulator, the most advanced of its type in the world.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Horse Care & Management plus training towards The British Horse Society’s Stage 1 & 2. The course will also include training towards The British Horse Society’s Preliminary Teacher Training award which is the first qualification required to become a riding school instructor. This is a 2 year full-time study programme based at Carrington Riding Centre.

Brief Description of the Course:

This course provides the opportunity to study at level 3 (A level equivalent) for students who wish to develop a comprehensive understanding of animal and equine science in relation to equine management – encompassing practical techniques, academic knowledge and technical skills. It is a popular option for both school leavers and successful Level 2 Diploma students. This course offers students either a direct route into industry in a practical setting or a valid route into higher education with the opportunity to achieve UCAS points on completion with a distinction profile. The course incorporates a mix of practicals, classroom lectures, industry visits and case study exercises.The Equitation option allows students to develop their riding and training ability both in the saddle and from the ground. This route is practically demanding and we require students to be enthusiastic and passionate about horses. All students can expect to ride in 2-3 sessions per week.

BTEC Level 2 in Horse Care and ManagementWe will also be working towards The British Horse Society’s Stage 1

Entry Requirements2 GCSEs (Grade D or above). Students will be expected to be able to demonstrate some prior knowledge and experience of working with, handling and riding horses. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE HAVE A 14 STONE WEIGHT MAXIMUM FOR ALL RIDERS. All riders will be weighed at our discretion.

Suitable ForThis course is for those who wish to seek entry into employment in a variety of types of work, such as riding stables, stud farms, livery stables and ancillary industries.

Work ExperienceStudents will gain work experience at Carrington Riding Centre by undertaking yard duties during riding school hours. Students will also gain work experience through their core module : Work experience in the horse sector.

Trafford College

Trafford College has been rated outstanding by Ofsted for its teaching and learning excellence. It has 5 National Skills Academies for excellence in training and offers hundreds of courses. Young people leaving school can choose from traditional academic or vocational courses; adults can take up learning for the first time or enhance their career with higher level qualifications and employers can use the College’s business training unit to help upskill their employees. In addition, the College has Beacon Status, making it one of the top 8% in the country, and STEM Assured status for the quality of its delivery of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. For more information see

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Through its exceptional engagement with modern business and innovative approach to learning, Trafford College prepares learners for a rewarding and successful working life.

Core Values

We are committed to: –operating with integrity, honesty and respect;working collaboratively with open communication and mutual trust;recognising the needs, efforts and achievements of everyone;taking responsibility for continuous improvement;being excellent.

Operating Values

enthusiastic curiosity;pioneering;flexibility;staying close;fabulous delivery.Key Strategic Priorities for Trafford College:

Provide a guaranteed place in learning and training for 16-18 year olds across a comprehensive curriculum.Increase participation rates for apprenticeships both 16-18 and post-19.Develop a portfolio of adult provision that contributes to social and economic benefit.Develop a portfolio of full and part-time higher education provision that provides cost effective progression for level 3 learners.Continue to self assess as “Outstanding” for ‘overall effectiveness’.Maintain a minimum of ‘Good’ for financial health.Maximise our investment and redevelopment in the College estate.Develop an environment of creative and innovative thinking in our people.Develop efficient and effective models of delivery in partnership and collaboration with other service providers.