A-Z of Courses

    Training available in the industry is extensive - from residential courses to short day courses and on the job training. A summary of courses is listed in this A-Z with some of the key courses described in more detail.

    • Title:
      Advanced Certificate Craft - Farriery

      Provider: 
      Irish school of Farriery

      Duration: 
      4 years

      Course type: 
      Solas

      Minimum entry requirements:     
      The minimum educational qualifications necessary to become an apprentice are 5 D grades in the Junior Certificate examination or equivalent, or successfully complete an approved Pre-Apprenticeship course, or be over 16 years of age and have at least three years relevant work experience approved by SOLAS
      Apprentice must obtain an apprenticeship  with an approved, qualified farrier. Visit www.irishfarrieryauthority.com for the list of qualified approved farriers. 
      Recognised qualifications are: Registered Farrier (Bng); Master Farrier, (IMFA);ACCF(Advanced Certificate Craft of Farriery)  DipWCF, AWCF. 

      Opportunities on Qualification:
      On successful completion of the apprenticeship programme, apprentices are qualified to work within  the industry.
       
      Module covered:
      Forging, Shoemaking, Welding, Horse care and management, Horseshoeing, Anatomy and Physiology, Conformation, Business Studies, Communications and Research, Therapeutic shoeing 

      Application deadline: 
      No Application Deadline

      Number of places: 

      NFQ level: 
      Level 6 NFQ 

      Award: 
      QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate Craft 

      Contact Details: 
      Anne Channon
      Tel:  00 353 (0) 45 520765 
      e-mail: info@irishfarrieryauthority.com  
      Web:  www.irishfarrieryauthority.com

    • Title:

      Advanced Certificate in Applied Management (Horses)

      Provider: 
      Learning Cloud

      Duration: 
      100 hours. Please keep in mind this is a guideline only. Most students would take between 3-6 months to complete, however Learning Cloud Ireland does not set time frames on assignments or course completion to ensure study modes fit in with other commitments.

      Course Type: 
      Distance learning 
               
      Application deadline: 
      Learning Cloud Ireland takes enrolments all year round, however as we run on a student – tutor ratio there are limited placements at any one time. Once available placements are full it is up to the next student to graduate, or if there is a cancellation we get in touch with those on our waiting list. Please keep in mind that as most of our courses are self-paced with no deadlines we are unable to give set time frames on next available placements.
         
      Award: 
      Statement of Attainment

      Contact Details: 
      Learning Cloud Ireland  
      Tel: 041 9803370 
      e-mail: stella@learningcloud.ie
      Web: www.learningcloud.ie 

       

    • Title:
      Advanced Certificate in Equine Breeding (Stud Management)

      Provider:
      Kildalton Agricultural College

      Duration: 
      1 year

      Course Type: 
      Higher Education

      Minimum entry requirements: 
      Applicants must have passed the Level 5 Certificate in Horsemanship (Stud Management) Course to join this programme. 

      Fee:
      € 1,040

      Application deadline: 
      Applications should be made directly to Kildalton College by 1st June.

      Number of places: 
      12

      NFQ level: 
      Level 6

      Award: 
      Advanced Certificate

      Contact Details: 
      Tel: 051 644 400
      e-mail: info@teagasc.ie 
      Web: www.teagasc.ie

    • Title: 
      Advanced Certificate in Equine Studies (Horsemanship or Breeding)

      Provider: 
      Curragh Post-Primary School

      Duration: 
      1 Year

      Course Type: 
      PLC - Post Leaving Certificate

      Minimum entry requirements: 
      Successfully Completion of Level 5 Horsemanship

      Syllabus: 
      Communications, Compulsory, Work Experience, Compulsory, Equine Breeding, Core Pasture Management, Core Equine Nutrition, Equine Anatomy and Physiology, Stable and Yard Supervision, Confirmation Evaluation 

      Fee: 
      €500 (2015-16)

      Application deadline: 
      October

      Number of places: 
      12 

      NFQ level: 
      Level 6

      Award
      Level 6 Advanced Certificate (NFQ)

      Contact Details: 
      Curragh Post Primary School 
      Tel: (045) 441809 
      e-mail: curraghequine@kwetb.ie
      Web www.curraghpps.ie

    • Title:  
      Advanced Certificate in Equine Studies

      Provider:
      Croom College of Further Education

      Duration:  
      1 year

      Course Type:  
      Post Leaving Cert (PLC)

      Minimum entry requirements:

      Applicants must have passed the Level 5 Certificate in Equine Studies Horsemanship to join this programme. Applicants must also have passed the Level 5 riding module to join this programme. 

      Fee:
      €300

      QQI level:
      Level 6

      Award Level:
      Level 6 Advanced Certificate

      Contact Details:
      Coláiste Chiaráin Croom  
      Tel: 061 397700
      e-mail: admin@cco.ie
      Web: www.cco.ie 

      Progression:
      Equine Science, University of Limerick

    • Title:
      Advanced Certificate in Horsemanship (Level 6)

      Provider: 
      Kildalton Agricultural Collage 

      Duration: 
      1 Year 

      Course Type: 
      Teagasc 

      Minimum Entry Requirements:  
      Applicants must have passed the Level 5 Certificate in Horsemanship (Equitation) Course to join this programme.  

      Fee: 
      €1,040 Euro

      Application Deadline: 
      Applications should be made directly to Kildalton College by 1st June. 

      Number of Places: 
      40

      NFQ Level: 
      Level 6

      Award: 
      Advanced Certificate

      Contact Details: 
      Kildalton Agricultural College
      Tel: 051 644 400
      e-mail: info@teagasc.ie
      Web:  www.teagasc.ie

    • Title:
      Animal Science - Equine

      Provider: 
      University College Dublin

      Duration: 
      4 years

      Course Type: 
      Higher Education

      Minimum entry requirements: 
      Leaving Certificate: Passes in six subjects including English, Irish, Mathematics, one laboratory science subject & two other recognised subjects. Candidates must obtain a minimum of Grade H5 in two subjects and a minimum of Grade O6/H7 in the remaining four subjects.

      Application deadline: 
      CAO applicant registration date: 1st February

      Number of places: 
      160 (Total number across DN250 programmes)

      NFQ level: 
      Level 8

      Award: 
      BAgrSc (Hons)

      Contact Details: 
      UCD Agriculture & Food Science Programme Office
      Tel: +353 1 716 7194
      e-mail: agandfoodprogrammes@ucd.ie
      Web: www.myucd.ie

      Staff Profile:
      Associate Professor Emmeline Hill is a Senior Lecturer in Equine Science and leads the Equine Exercise Genomics research group funded by Science Foundation Ireland (2012-2017) at the College of Health and Agricultural Sciences, University College Dublin. Dr Hill’s research aims to understand genetic contributions to variation in exercise physiology parameters in the Thoroughbred horse.

      In December 2014, Dr Hill was presented with the NovaUCD Innovation Award in recognition of the global success and impact which Equinome has achieved in the international, multi-billion euro Thoroughbred horse racing and breeding industry. Equinome, (now acquired by Plusvital) is a UCD spin-out company which was co-founded in 2009 by Dr Hill in partnership with Jim Bolger the renowned Irish trainer and breeder.

      Equine Research Focus:
      Equilume is a world leader in the research and development of light therapy solutions to assist the global horse industry in maximising reproductive efficiency and performance. Equilume was established in 2012 as a result of pioneering research by company founder, Dr. Barbara Murphy, Assistant Professor and Lecturer in Equine Science at the School of Agriculture and Food Science, whose academic research at UCD identified the optimum light level required to advance the breeding season in horses.

    • Title:
      Associate Diploma in Equine Studies 

      Provider: 
      Learning Cloud 

      Duration: 
      100 hours. Please keep in mind this is a guideline only. Most students would take between 3-6 months to complete, however Learning Cloud Ireland does not set time frames on assignments or course completion to ensure study modes fit in with other commitments.

      Course type:
      Distance learning 

      Fee:
      Weekly, fortnightly and monthly options available and designed around you and what you can manage.
      Deposits are required prior to enrolment and start at €49 and this comes off your total cost!
      Option 1: €49 deposit & €15 per week: €424 in total                        
      Option 2: €49 deposit & €30 per fortnight: €439 in total                
      Option 3: €49 deposit & €80 per month: €449 in total                 
      Option 4: Once off payment of €389                 

      Application deadline: 
      Learning Cloud Ireland takes enrolments all year round, however as we run on a student – tutor ratio there are limited placements at any one time. Once available placements are full it is up to the next student to graduate, or if there is a cancellation we get in touch with those on our waiting list. Please keep in mind that as most of our courses are self-paced with no deadlines we are unable to give set time frames on next available placements.

      Award: 
      Statement of Attainment

      Contact Details:           
      Tel: 00 353 (0) 41 9803370
      e-mail: stella@learningcloud.ie
      Web learningcloud.ie

    • Title: 
      Bachelor of Business in Equine Studies

      Provider: 
      Athlone Institute of Technology (in conjunction with Gurteen Agricultural College)

      Duration: 
      1 Year add on to the Higher Certificate in Business in Equine Studies, based in Gurteen.

      Course Type: 
      Higher Education Direct Entry

      Minimum Entry Requirements: 
      Higher Certificate in Business in Equine Studies (Level 6) or an approved equivalent qualification.

      Fee: 
      €3,000 

      Application Deadline: 
      June 1st

      Number of Places: 
      40

      NFQ Level: 
      Level 7

      Award: 
      Degree - Ordinary Bachelor 

      Contact Details: 
      Brendan Doyle, Head of Department of Accounting & Business Computing
      Tel: + 353 (0)90 648 3020
      Email: bdoyle@ait.ie
      Web: www.ait.ie

    • Title:
      Bachelor of Science in Equine Science

      Provider: 
      University of Limerick

      Duration: 
      Certificate - 2 years, Diploma - 3 years, Degree – 4 years.

      Course Type: 
      Higher Education CAO

      Minimum entry requirements: 
      Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with at least Grade D3 in five Ordinary Level subjects (including Mathematics; Irish or another language; and English) 
      It is desirable that candidates should have a reasonable level of competency in horse riding and/or have experience of working with horses.
      A Special Mathematics Examination will be offered at UL following the Leaving Certificate results for those students who did not achieve the Mathematics requirement.
      Applications from mature students are welcome. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February. 
      Entry criteria for Diploma Programme. Students progressing to diploma must secure Second Class Honours Grade II award on the Certificate programme to permit progression.              

      Fee: 
      2015/16: EU fee €8,711   Non EU fee €16,328

      Application deadline: 
      CAO deadlines apply

      Number of places: 
      15 for the Certificate / Diploma course. 25 for the Degree course

      NFQ level: 
      Level 6 (Certificate), Level 7 (Diploma), Level 8 (Degree) 

      Award: 
      Certificate (Level 6 NFQ), Diploma (Level 7 NFQ), Degree (Level 8 NFQ) 

      Contact Details: 
      Dr Bridget Younge 
      Tel: 00 353 61 213 447 
      Email: bridget.younge@ul.ie 
      Web: www3.ul.ie

    • Title: 
      Equine Business (Bachelor of Business Degree)

      Provider: 
      Maynooth University

      Duration: 
      3 years (Bachelor of Business Studies) or 4 years (Bachelor of Business Administration)

      Course Type: 
      Higher Education CAO 

      Minimum entry requirements: 
      This table displays the requirements for Leaving Certificate applicants.
      Subject      Required    Ordinary Level Grade   Higher Level Grade
      Irish             Yes                     D3                              D3
      English          Yes                     D3                              D3
      Language       Yes                     D3                              D3
      Math             Yes                     C3                              D3
      International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements:
      Irish is not required for international and EU/EFTA applicants. International applicants should contact the International office in MU for further detail  
      Mature Students:
      Apply to the CAO before 1st February 2016. Check MU website updates on mature student application closing dates.  Admission is based on your application and/or interview.
      Mature student applicants who have a disability: 
      If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), and require examination support for the written tests, please submit supporting documentation by 1 March to the Access Office, in MU.
      Additional information: 
      Applicants are required to have a minimum of six subjects in the Irish Leaving Certificate including 2HC3 and 4OD3/4HD3. HD3/OC3 required in Mathematics.  Leaving Certificate Business is not required.
      Scholarships: 
      A number of scholarships are available for students who are admitted to the Equine Business degree programme. These scholarships are jointly sponsored by Maynooth University and Horse Racing Ireland. They are tenable for students for the duration of their undergraduate studies (three years) as long as they are full-time registered students and progress successfully at the end of each academic year.
      There are four scholarships awarded yearly, each to a student from the following categories:
      1. School-leaving student with the highest point score in examinations.
      2. Mature applicant.
      3. FETAC (Further Education and Training Awards Council).
      4. Student from disadvantaged socio-economic background.
      These scholarships, known as the Osborne Scholarships, are in honour of the memory of Michael Osborne and his immense contribution to the Irish and international horse-racing industry.  Contact the School of Business, MU, for more detail about the Michael Osborne Scholarships. 

      Application deadline: School leavers apply through the CAO office from early November.  Mature students apply through the CAO before the 1st February each year.  FETAC applicants apply on or before February 1st  each year.

      NFQ level: 
      Level 8

      Award: 
      Bachelor of Business Studies Degree  

      Contact Details: 
      Ms. Niamh O’ Sullivan, Programme Director
      Tel: 00 353 (0) 1 708 3703
      e-mail: business@nuim.ie
      Web: www.maynoothuniversity.ie

      Career Opportunities: 
      Graduates are likely to be primarily focused on a career in the equine industry (stud farm management, racetrack management, regulatory organisations, industry bodies, bloodstock sales, marketing/promotions, betting sector, equine leisure, recreation & tourism sector, self-employed, ancillary businesses e.g. feed, transport, veterinary services, equipment, insurance, accountancy, teaching, etc) but will also be well qualified to work in industries unrelated to the equine sector, such as in banking or financial services, business and management, marketing, and the public sector.
      Many graduates often take a postgraduate course before taking up employment, and Maynooth University offers a range of suitable high-quality programmes.

    • Title:  
      BSc (Hons) in Equine Management

      Provider:  
      College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), Enniskillen Campus 

      Duration:  
      Three or four years (with work placement option)     

      Course Type:  
      Higher Education

      Minimum entry requirements:
      Students should normally have 96 UCAS tariff points at A2 Level to include a Science subject plus four GCSE subjects at Grade C or higher including a Science subject, Mathematics and English Language or equivalent. For guidelines for points equivalents for Irish leaving certificate results please consult the UCAS website here.   

      Fee:
      Approximately £1,550 per year, please refer to the CAFRE website for up-to-date information.

      Application Deadline:
      If you’re planning to start your course in autumn 2017, UCAS will accept your application from 1 September 2016. Applications made after 15th January 2017, through UCAS Extra, are considered late applications and will only be considered at the discretion of the College if there are vacancies on the course

      NFQ level:      
      Level 8

      Contact Details:
      College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE)
      Tel: 028 6634 4823
      e-mail: jane.elliott@dardni.gov.uk
      Web: www.cafre.ac.uk 

      Career Opportunities:
      Students may have the opportunity to progress onto relevant postgraduate studies or research. A range of opportunities exist for graduates in the island of Ireland and abroad in the equine industry and related services, including equine enterprise management, technical advisory duties, marketing

    • Title:  
      BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management

      Provider:  
      College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE)

      Duration:
       
      Two years full-time including a ten-week work placement

      Course Type:  
      Further Education

      Minimum entry requirements:
      Normally four GCSE passes at Grade C or above including English and Mathematics. or Four C3s at Irish Leaving Certificate Ordinary Level including English and Mathematics. Competency in horse riding is essential for those wishing to undertake riding options. Applicants must also demonstrate that they have a minimum of 40 hours of experience in the equine industry, which can be acquired prior to leaving school.

      Application Deadline: 
      You can apply to CAFRE on-line, Applications for a course will only be accepted from 1st October of the year preceding the year in which you expect to enrol.

      Award:
      UK Level 3 (this is the equivalent of a NFQ Level 5)

      Contact Details:
      College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE)
      Tel: 028 6634 4842
      e-mail: sharon.mclaren@dardni.gov.uk
      Web: www.cafre.ac.uk

      Career Opportunities:
      This course may provide an opportunity for students to progress onto the Equine Foundation Degree or Honours Degree programmes. Students are ideally suited to find employment of a practical nature in a wide range of equine businesses. Examples of careers include: managing own business, breaking and schooling horses and/or livery; work riders in racing yards; stud grooms; competition grooms and sales representatives.

    • Title: 

      Certificate in Equine Husbandry

      Provider: 
      Learning cloud

      Duration: 
      100 hours. Please keep in mind this is a guideline only. Most students would take between 3-6 months to complete, however Learning Cloud Ireland does not set time frames on assignments or course completion to ensure study modes fit in with other commitments

      Course type: 
      Distance learning

      Fee: 
      Weekly, fortnightly, and monthly options available. Designed around you and what you can manage.
      Deposits are required prior to enrolment and start at €49 and this comes off your total cost.
      Option 1: €49 deposit & €15 per week: €424 in total                        
      Option 2: €49 deposit & €30 per fortnight: €439 in total                
      Option 3: €49 deposit & €80 per month: €449 in total                 
      Option 4: Once off payment of €389                  

      Application deadline: 
      Learning Cloud Ireland takes enrollments all year round, however as we run on a student – tutor ratio there are limited placements at any one time. Once available placements are full it is up to the next student to graduate, or if there is a cancellation we get in touch with those on our waiting list. Please keep in mind that as most of our courses are self-paced with no deadlines we are unable to give set time frames on next available placements.

      Award: 
      Statement of Attainment:

      Contact Details:     
      Tel: 00 353 (0) 41 9803370   
      e-mail: stella@learningcloud.ie
      Web:  learningcloud.ie

    • Title: 

      Certificate in Equine Studies (Horsemanship)

      Provider: 
      Curragh Post-Primary School

      Duration: 
      1 Year

      Course Type: 
      PLC - Post Leaving Cert

      Minimum entry requirements: 
      Completion of Leaving Certificate or Equivalent. Mature students may be considered based on prior learning or work experience. Equestrian Experience is desirable.

      Fee:
      €750 (2015-16)

      Application deadline: 
      October

      Number of places: 
      12

      NFQ level: 
      Level 5

      Award: 
      Level 5 Certificate (NFQ)

      Contact Details: 
      Post Leaving Certificate Courses
      Tel: (045) 441809 
      Email: curraghequine@kwetb.ie
      Web:  www.curraghpps.ie

    • Title:
      Certificate in Horsemanship (Equitation or Stud Management) 

      Provider:
      Kildalton Agricultural College

      Duration: 
      1 year

      Course Type:
      Teagasc

      Minimum entry requirements: 
      There is no minimum educational entry requirement but students who have completed the Leaving Certificate are likely to benefit most from the course. Applicants must be over 17 years on 1st January following entry to the course.
      Syllabus : 
      Stable and Yard Routine
      Equine Work Practice
      Sport Horse Riding
      Young Horse Schooling

      Fee: 
      €1,040

      Application deadline: 
      Applications should be made directly to Kildalton College by 1st June.

      Number of places: 
      50

      NFQ Level: 
      Level 5

      Award: 
      Certificate

      Contact Details: 
      Kildalton Agricultural College
      Tel: 051 644 400
      Email: info@teagasc.ie
      Web:  www.teagasc.ie

    • Title:
      Equestrian Studies

      Provider: 
      Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE

      Duration: 
      1 year 

      Course Type: 
      PLC (Post Leaving Cert)

      Minimum Entry Requirements: 
      Leaving Certificate standard or equivalent. Mature Students will be considered on an individual basis. All candidates will be interviewed and places awarded on suitability.

      Application deadline: 
      Applications are invited any time up to the end of August.  

      NFQ Level: 
      Level 5 NFQ

      Award: 
      Level 5 Certificate (Level 5 NFQ) 

      Contact Details:  
      Tel: 00 353 (0) 21 2067610
      e-mail: s.vallely@csn.ie
      Web: csn.ie

    • Title:
      Equestrian training

      Provider: 
      Festina Lente  

      Duration: 
      3 years Full-Time

      Course type:
      Lifelong Learning

      Minimum entry requirements: 
      If you are over 16 years of age, are physically able for the demands of the course and are on a disability allowance you are eligible for the programme. If you are not on a disability allowance but have a learning disability, another health issue or are an early school leaver you may still be able to take part. (contact the Programme coordinator if you have a question about eligibility) You do not need experience with horses to take part on this programme but you must enjoy working outdoors in all weathers in a physical job. All applicants must be registered with SOLAS (formally FAS).   

      Fee: 
      No fee 

      Application deadline: 
      Once a learner has applied for and been offered a place on the training programme s/he must register with their local Solas office. 

      Number of places: 
      16

      NFQ Level: 
      Level 4

      Award: 
      Level 4 Major Award in Horsemanship

      Contact Details:
      Jacqueline Joynt , Programme Co-ordinator, 
      Tel: 01-2720704 
      e-mail: jacqueline@festinalente.ie
      Web: www.festinalente.ie

    • Title:

      Equine Behaviour

      Provider: 
      Learning Cloud

      Duration: 
      100 hours. Please keep in mind this is a guideline only. Most students would take between 3-6 months to complete, however Learning Cloud Ireland does not set time frames on assignments or course completion to ensure study modes fit in with other commitments.

      Course type: 
      Distance learning

      Fee: 
      Weekly, fortnightly, and monthly options available and designed around you and what you can manage.
      Deposits are required prior to enrolment and start at €49 and this comes off your total cost.
      Option 1: €49 deposit & €15 per week: €424 in total                         
      Option 2: €49 deposit & €30 per fortnight: €439 in total                
      Option 3: €49 deposit & €80 per month: €449 in total                 
      Option 4: Once off payment of €389      

      Application deadline:       
      Learning Cloud Ireland takes enrolments all year round, however as we run on a student – tutor ratio there are limited placements at any one time. Once available placements are full it is up to the next student to graduate, or if there is a cancellation we get in touch with those on our waiting list. Please keep in mind that as most of our courses are self-paced with no deadlines we are unable to give set time frames on next available placements.

      Award: 
      Statement of Attainment

      Contact details: 

      Tel: 00 353 (0) 419803370 
      e-mail: stella@learningcloud.ie
      Web:  learningcloud.ie 

    • Title:   
      Equine Studies 

      Provider:   
      Galway Community College 

      Duration:   

      1 year 

      Course Type:   
      Post Leaving Cert (PLC) 

      Minimum entry requirements: 
      FETAC Level 4, minimum of 17 years of age at time of registration, Equivalent qualifications from other countries, relevant life experiences, relevant work experiences and mature students. Applicants need to demonstrate their horsemanship skills by giving evidence of membership of S.J.I., A.I.R.E., I.P.C, Eventing Ireland, Horse Racing Ireland, or extensive hunting experience.

      Fee: 
      €250 

      QQI level: 
      Level 5 

      Award Level: 
      Level 5 Certificate 

      Contact Details: 

      Tel: 091 755464 
      Email: gcc@gretb.ie

      Web: www.galwaycc.ie

       

    • Title:  
      Equine Studies Horsemanship

      Provider:  
      Croom College of Further Education

      Duration:  

      1 year

      Course Type:  
      Post Leaving Cert (PLC)

      Minimum entry requirements:
      Applicants should have the Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied. The entry requirements may be waived in some instances, particularly to those with relevant experience. 

      Fee:
      €300

      QQI level:
      Level 5

      Award Level:
      Level 5 Certificate

      Contact Details:
      Coláiste Chiaráin Croom 
      Tel: 061 397700
      e-mail: admin@cco.ie 
      Web: www.cco.ie

      Career Opportunities:
      Possible career paths include Equestrian Centre Manager, Equestrian Centre Assistant, Groom, Stud Farm Assistant

    • Title:  
      Equine Studies & Horsemanship

      Provider:  
      Grennan College

      Duration:  
      Nine months, Mid-September to June

      Course Type:  
      PLC

      Minimum entry requirements:
      Students are recommended to have Leaving Certificate or equivalent but this is not compulsory. Some equestrian experience is essential.

      Fee:
      Students enrolling on PLC courses are required to pay a Programme Participant Contribution of €200. However, the following categories of participant are exempt from paying the contribution: 
      • full medical holders in their own right and their dependent children; 
      • those who are eligible under the student grant scheme; 
      • those in receipt of the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) 
      • those in receipt of Vocational Training Operation Scheme (VTOS) allowances.

      Application Deadline:
      Applications are taken all year round

      Contact Details:
      Grennan College
      Tel: 00 353 (0) 56 7724112
      e-mail: info@grennancollege.ie
      Web: grennancollege.ie

    • Title:  
      Foundation Degree in Equine Management

      Provider:  

      College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise (validated by Ulster University), Enniskillen Campus 

      Duration:  
      Two years

      Course Type:  
      Higher Education

      Minimum entry requirements:
      Students should normally have 40 UCAS tariff points at A2 Level plus three GCSE subjects at Grade C including English and Mathematics or equivalent. For other qualifications please consult the UCAS website here

      Fee:
      Approximately £1,550 per year, please refer to the CAFRE website (link below) for up-to-date information.

      Application Deadline:
      If you’re planning to start your course in autumn 2017, UCAS will accept your application from 1 September 2016. Applications made after 15th January 2017, through UCAS Extra, are considered late applications and will only be considered at the discretion of the College if there are vacancies on the course

      NFQ level (or equivalent): 
      Level 6/7

      Award Level:
      Level 5 (UK)

      Contact Details:
      College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE)
      Tel: 028 6634 4823
      e-mail: jane.elliott@dardni.gov.uk
      Web:  www.cafre.ac.uk

      Career Opportunities:
      Students may have the opportunity to progress onto the second year of the BSc (Hons) in Equine Management or onto postgraduate studies. Career options include equine business owners/managers, technical advisers, sales representatives and a range of jobs in the service and related industries

    • Provider: 
      Godolphin International Thoroughbred Leadership Programme (Charity registered in the UK)

      Duration: 
      2 Years Full-time

      Course type: 
      Fully funded scholarship with full time training and education taking place in five countries over two years

      Minimum entry requirements: 
      Individuals seeking to develop excellent management and leadership training and a career in the thoroughbred horseracing industry.
      Those with excellent communication skills and an in depth knowledge of the international thoroughbred industry
      Those with good practical horsemanship skills and strong work ethic.
      Those who enjoy a rigorous academic program and multi-cultural experiences 

      Application Criteria:
      Level 8 Bachelors Degree. Minimum GPA 3.08 or 2.1 hons preferred and one to three years full time relevant Thoroughbred industry employment following graduation
      Or
      Level 7 Degree at honors level and three to five years full time relevant Thoroughbred industry employment following graduation*
      Or
      Level 6 Qualification at honors level and at least 10 years full time relevant Thoroughbred industry employment including positions of responsibility*  
      *in these cases a non-standard admission form is required to be submitted to University College Dublin

      Fee: 
      Scholarship, no course fees.

      Application deadline: 
      Applications for the 2017 – 2019 program will open on Monday, January 2nd, 2017.

      Number of places: 
      12

      NFQ level: 
      Level 9

      Award: 
      Graduate Certificate in Management (Thoroughbred Industry) UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School

      Contact details: 
      Kildangan Stud
      Tel: +353 (0)45 527600
      e-mail: ckavanagh@godolphinflyingstart.com or mlarkin@godolphinflyingstart.com 
      Web:  www.godolphinflyingstart.com

    • Title:  
      Higher Certificate in Business in Equine Studies 

      Provider:  
      Athlone Institute of Technology (in conjunction with Gurteen Agricultural College)

      Duration:  
      Two years - Full-time. Year 1 is based in Gurteen, year 2 in AIT.

      Course Type:  
      Higher Education CAO

      Minimum entry requirements:
      Grade D3 at ordinary level in five subjects in the Leaving Certificate examination.  Two of these subjects must be Mathematics and a language (English or Irish). Foundation Level Irish at grade B3 meets the minimum language requirement. No points are awarded.
      AIT will award a single standard 25 bonus points for all higher level maths grades D and above, irrespective of the grade achieved. There will be no bonus points awarded for grade E or below.

      Fee:
      €3,000 per year. Additional fees may apply for materials.

      Application Deadline:
      Normal CAO deadline

      Number of places:
      40

      NFQ level:
      Level 6

      Award Level:
      Higher Certificate (Level 6 NFQ) 

      Contact Details:
      Brendan Doyle, Head of Department of Accounting & Business Computing
      Tel: + 353 (0)90 648 3020
      e-mail: bdoyle@ait.ie   
      Web:  www.ait.ie

      Career Opportunities:
      Job opportunities are varied and include, at the appropriate level, employment in equine administration/management, yard and stud farm management, equine-related coaching, marketing of horses/equine-related products, employment in riding centres and competition yards, and in equine-based centres/facilities as well as in general business.

    • Title:

      Horse Care I

      Provider: 
      Learning Cloud 

      Duration: 
      100 hours. Please keep in mind this is a guideline only. Most students would take between 3-6 months to complete, however Learning Cloud Ireland does not set time frames on assignments or course completion to ensure study modes fit in with other commitments. 

      Course Type: 
      Distance learning 
       
      Fee: 
      Weekly, fortnightly, and monthly options available and designed around you and what you can manage.
      Deposits are required prior to enrolment and start at €49 and this comes off your total cost.
      Option 1: €49 deposit & €15 per week: €424 in total                         
      Option 2: €49 deposit & €30 per fortnight: €439 in total                
      Option 3: €49 deposit & €80 per month: €449 in total                 
      Option 4: Once off payment of €389      

      Application deadline:       
      Learning Cloud Ireland takes enrollments all year round, however as we run on a student – tutor ratio there are limited placements at any one time. Once available placements are full it is up to the next student to graduate, or if there is a cancellation we get in touch with those on our waiting list. Please keep in mind that as most of our courses are self-paced with no deadlines we are unable to give set time frames on next available placements.

      Award: 
      Statement of Attainment

      Contact details: 
      Learning Cloud Ireland, First floor, 33 Peter Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland. 
      Tel: 00 353 (0) 419803370 
      Email: stella@learningcloud.ie
      Web:  learningcloud.ie

    • Title:
      Horse Care II

      Provider: 
      Learning Cloud 

      Duration: 
      100 hours. Please keep in mind this is a guideline only. Most students would take between 3-6 months to complete, however Learning Cloud Ireland does not set time frames on assignments or course completion to ensure study modes fit in with other commitments.

      Course Type: 
      Distance learning

      Fee: 
      Weekly, fortnightly, and monthly options available and designed around you and what you can manage.
      Deposits are required prior to enrolment and start at €49 and this comes off your total cost.
      Option 1: €49 deposit & €15 per week: €424 in total                         
      Option 2: €49 deposit & €30 per fortnight: €439 in total                
      Option 3: €49 deposit & €80 per month: €449 in total                 
      Option 4: Once off payment of €389      

      Application deadline:       
      Learning Cloud Ireland takes enrolments all year round, however as we run on a student – tutor ratio there are limited placements at any one time. Once available placements are full it is up to the next student to graduate, or if there is a cancellation we get in touch with those on our waiting list. Please keep in mind that as most of our courses are self-paced with no deadlines we are unable to give set time frames on next available placements.

      Number of places: 
      See above

      Award: 
      Statement of Attainment

      Contact details: 
      Learning Cloud Ireland, First floor, 33 Peter Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland. 
      Tel: 00 353 (0) 419803370 
      e-mail: stella@learningcloud.ie
      Web:  learningcloud.ie

    • Title: 
      Horse Care III

      Provider: 
      Learning Cloud

      Duration: 

      100 hours. Please keep in mind this is a guideline only. Most students would take between 3-6 months to complete, however Learning Cloud Ireland does not set time frames on assignments or course completion to ensure study modes fit in with other commitments. 

      Course Type: 
      Distance learing

      Fee: 
      Weekly, fortnightly, and monthly options available and designed around you and what you can manage.
      Deposits are required prior to enrolment and start at €49 and this comes off your total cost.
      Option 1: €49 deposit & €15 per week: €424 in total                         
      Option 2: €49 deposit & €30 per fortnight: €439 in total                
      Option 3: €49 deposit & €80 per month: €449 in total                 
      Option 4: Once off payment of €389      

      Application deadline:       
      Learning Cloud Ireland takes enrollments all year round, however as we run on a student – tutor ratio there are limited placements at any one time. Once available placements are full it is up to the next student to graduate, or if there is a cancellation we get in touch with those on our waiting list. Please keep in mind that as most of our courses are self-paced with no deadlines we are unable to give set time frames on next available placements.

      Award: 
      Statement of Attainment

      Contact details: 
      Learning Cloud Ireland
      Tel: 00 343 (0) 419803370 
      e-mail: stella@learningcloud.ie
      Web:  learningcloud.ie

    • Title:

      Horsemanship (Level 4)

      Provider: 
      National Learning Network Sligo

      Duration: 
      18 Months

      Course Type: 
      Specialist Training Programme

      Minimum Entry Requirements: 
      There are no formal entry requirements.

      Fee: 
      No Fee- ETB funded programme.

      Application Deadline: 
      May apply anytime throughout year.

      Number of Places: 
      12 

      NFQ Level: 
      Level 4 NFQ 

      Award: 
      Level 4 certificate in Horsemanship (Level 4 NFQ) 

      Course Details: 
      Gwen McDermott
      Tel: 086 6073158 
      e-mail: gwen.mcdermott@nln.ie       
      Web:  www.nln.ie

    • Title:
      Horsemanship

      Provider:  
      VTOS Boyle

      Duration:  
      2 Years

      Course Type:
      Level 5 Certificate 

      Minimum entry requirements: 

      A Level 4 qualification 

      Fee: 
      No fee, applicants must be on a social welfare payment for a minimum of 6 months. 

      QQI level: 
      Level 5

      Contact Details: 
      Tel: 071 9663246 
      e-mail: donalj.farrell@gretb.ie  
      Web: www. galwayroscommon.etb.ie

      Progression:
      Students who are awarded the Level 5 certificate can look to progress to a Level 6 qualification. There are a number of Level 6 options available around Ireland, the closest one to Boyle is held in the Galway Community College.

    • Title:  
      Horsemanship (Level 6)

      Provider: 
      Galway Community College

      Duration: 
      1 year

      Course Type: 
      PLC course 

      Fee: 
      250 euro

      Award: 
      QQI Level 6 certificate

      Contact details: 

      Tel: 091 755464 
      Website: www.galwaycc.ie 
      Email: gcc@gretb.ie

      Progression:
      Students who are awarded the Level 6 certificate can look to progress to a Level 7 qualification. There are a number of Level 7 options available around Ireland including Athlone IT and University Limerick.

    • Title:
      Introduction to Coaching

      Provider: 
      Horse Sport Ireland (Jointly accredited by Horse Sport Ireland and Coaching Ireland)  

      Duration: 
      This course is a one day course and is very practical in its presentation. The theory sessions are completed in groups and most of the time is spent in the arena watching and participating in practical coaching sessions. 

      Minimum Entry Requirements: 
      Candidates should be over 16 years of age and have a general knowledge of horses and horsemanship. Previous equestrian experience does help develop your eye as a coach.   

      Fee: 
      €100 

      Application deadline: 
      Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. 

      Number of Places: 
      16

      Award: 
      HSI Introduction to Coaching Certificate 

      Contact Details: 
      Tel: 00 353 (0) 45 850800
      e-mail: cfarrell@horsesportireland.ie
      Web:  www.horsesportireland.ie

    • Title:
      HSI Level 1 Apprentice Coach

      Provider: 
      Horse Sport Ireland (Jointly accredited by Horse Sport Ireland and Coaching Ireland) 

      Duration: 
      4 Days

      Course Type: 
      This course runs over 4 days and is split into two parts, each lasting two days. On the first two days all of the exercises are explained and demonstrated. The second part of the course usually runs at the same venue, is normally held 3 – 4 months later. This period allows coaches to with the exercises at home and be comfortable with the modules before coming back to the second part of the course. During part two the coaches are given an opportunity to practice coaching under the guidance of the tutor team. This is an invaluable experience for any coaches as strengths in the candidates coaching are identified and they are given a pathway to improve and up skill. 

      Minimum Entry Requirements: 
      Participants should be over 18 years of age and have completed one of the following: HSI Introduction to Coaching British Horse Society Assistant Instructor (BHSAI) Irish Pony Club B test. 

      Fee: 
      €450 

      Application Deadline: 
      Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. 

      Number of Places: 
      16 

      Award: 
      HSI Level 1 Apprentice Coach Certificate. 

      Contact Details: 
      Tel: 00 353 (0) 45 850800
      e-mail: cfarrell@horsesportireland.ie
      Web:  www.horsesportireland.ie

    • Title:
      HSI Level 2 Coach

      Provider: 
      Horse Sport Ireland (Jointly accredited by Horse Sport Ireland and Coaching Ireland)

      Duration: 
      8 Days

      Course Type: 
      The course takes place over 8 days. The first three days are run consecutively when all of the exercises are demonstrated and explained in the disciplines of dressage, show jumping and eventing. 3 to 4 months later, candidates must attend the Level 2 Pre Assessments which last 2 days. Candidates must bring their own horse(s) and rider(s), capable of working at the required standard to coach one session in each of the three disciplines. Candidates are given feedback on their coaching skills and clear advice and guidance on improving their skills. The next stage is the final assessments where candidates once again bring their own students to coach. The final assessments are carried out by independent outside assessors. 

      Minimum Entry Requirements: 
      Coaches must have completed the HSI Level 1 Apprentice Coach course OR be a qualified BHSII and be currently on the BHS Register of Instructors. Coaches must be over 21 years of age. Coaches must have access to horses and riders at the required level. Coaches must provide: Evidence of adequate insurance cover; Occupational First Aid (FETAC Level 5) / BHS Equine Specific First Aid Certificate; Child Protection Basic Awareness course certificate; Application for Garda Vetting / Access NI. 

      Fee
      €1,200 

      Application Deadline: 
      Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. 

      Number of Places: 
      16 

      Award: 
      HSI Level 1 Apprentice Coach Certificate. 

      Contact Details: 
      Tel: 00 353 (0) 45 850800
      e-mail: cfarrell@horsesportireland.ie
      Web:  www.horsesportireland.ie

    • Title:
      HSI Level 3 National Coach

      Provider: 
      Horse Sport Ireland (Jointly accredited by Horse Sport Ireland and Coaching Ireland) 

      Duration: 
      9 Days 

      Course Type: 
      Each course lasts an average of 9 days depending on the discipline. Coaches will receive training in physical and mental fitness for riders and horses, veterinary care of competition horses and developing communication skills and qualities which will contribute to the effectiveness of coaching at this level. There are additional modules relevant to each specific discipline. There are several practical coaching days during which coaches receive feedback on their coaching skills, followed by final assessments in two phases.

      Minimum Entry Requirements: 
      Coaches must be at least 21 years old. Hold a HSI Level 2 Coach qualification (or equivalent). Canddidates must have access to riders/horses at the required level. Evidence of adequate insurance cover; Occupational First Aid (FETAC Level 5) / BHS Equine Specific First Aid Certificate; Child Protection Basic Awareness course certificate; Application for Garda Vetting / Access NI. 

      Fee: 
      €1,800  

      Application Deadline: 
      Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. 

      Number of Places: 
      12

      Award: 
      HSI Level 1 Apprentice Coach Certificate. 

      Contact Details: 
      Tel: 00 353 (0) 45 850800
      e-mail: cfarrell@horsesportireland.ie
      Web:  www.horsesportireland.ie

    • Title:
      HSI Cross Country / Eventing

      Provider: 
      Horse Sport Ireland

      Duration: 
      1 Day 

      Course Type: 
      This course is a one day course and is very practical in its presentation. The theory sessions are completed in groups and most of the time is spent in the arena watching and participating in practical coaching sessions.
      Minimum Entry Requirements: 
      A requirement for all Level 1 Apprentice coaches who wish to avail of the HSI Coach Insurance policy, to commence the HSI Level 2 Coach course. Available to all for CPD credits and to upskill coaching techniques.  

      Fee: 
      €100  

      Application Deadline
      Places are allocted on a first come, first served basis.

      Number of Places: 
      18 

      Award: 
      HSI Cross Country Certificate. 

      Contact Details: 
      Tel: 00 353 (0) 45 850800
      e-mail: cfarrell@horsesportireland.ie
      Web:  www.horsesportireland.ie

    • Title:  
      Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care

      Provider:  
      College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise 

      Duration:  
      One year full-time, including a five-week work placement

      Course Type:  
      Further Education

      Minimum entry requirements:
      Normally two Grade Cs or three Grade Ds at GCSE or equivalent, including English and Mathematics. or Two C3s or three D1s at Irish Leaving Certificate Ordinary Level including English and Mathematics. Basic skills in horse riding are essential for those wishing to undertake the riding module. Students who have not attained a Grade C in English and Mathematics at GCSE or equivalent have to complete Essential Skills in Literacy and Numeracy * . Applicants must also demonstrate that they have a minimum of 40 hours of experience in the equine industry, which can be acquired prior to leaving school.

      Application Deadline:
      You can apply to CAFRE on-line; Applications for a course will only be accepted from 1st October of the year preceding the year in which you expect to enrol.

      Contact Details:
      College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE)
      Tel: 028 6634 4842
      e-mail: sharon.mclaren@dardni.gov.uk
      Web: www.cafre.ac.uk 

      Career Opportunities:
      This course may provide an opportunity for students to progress onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management. Students are well positioned to find employment in a diverse range of sectors within the equine industry including: racing, show jumping, eventing, dressage and showing, riding schools, livery yards and studs

    • Title:
      Thoroughbred Breeding Course

      Provider: 
      Irish National Stud 

      Duration: 
      6 Months 

      Minimum Entry Requirements: 
      Applicants should be aged 18 or over and ideally have some equine experience. It is recommended that applicants also complete a PLC Course or University Course before applying.  

      Fee: 
      €2,100 for EU Nationals and €5,100 for non EU Nationals. Fees include accommodation, meals and lectures. 

      Application Deadline: 
      October 12th and final selection takes place in November for the following January. 

      Number of Places: 
      22 

      Award: 
      Irish National Stud Diploma 

      Contact Details: 
      Tel: 00 353 (0) 45 521251            
      e-mail: scarroll@irishnationalstud.ie 
      Web:  irishnationalstud.ie

    • Title:
      Trainee Jockey Course

      Provider: 
      R.A.C.E. Kildare 

      Duration: 
      42 Weeks 

      Minimum Entry Requirements:
      Applicants should be turned 16 by the 1st of September in year of application. Exception – where the applicant will turn 16 years of age before the 31st of December in year of application they may be registered and referred for the course providing they have the support of their parent/guardian. Weight must be less that 57kg (9 stone). School reference is required and a medical certificate. Applicants must take part in a suitability selection trial. 

      Fee: 
      This course is free but equipment will have to be obtained by trainee. Trainees make a contribution of €16 per week towards meals and extra activities. 

      Application Deadline: 
      Generally early June in the year of application. 

      Number of Places: 
      30-34 

      NFQ Level: 
      Level 4 

      Award: 
      Level 4 Certificate 

      Contact Details:  
      Tel: 00 353 (0) 45 522468
      e-mail: enquiries@racingacademy.ie
      Web:  racingacademy.ie

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