Course Code: 5M3371
This academic year course aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills relating to the horse industry. We aim to provide professional education & training to enable the learner who loves horses to pursue a career in the horse industry or continue their studies at Third Level. This course has numerous unique features such as an extensive list of guest speakers drawn from a variety of equestrian disciplines; trips to local events and equine yards, sales and trips to the National Stud. Cross country trip, Jump Cross and hunting are part of the practical learning experiences. GCC has secured the support of both local and national horse industry personnel who will provide their help and expertise to students.
This course is suitable if you want to achieve academic qualifications before starting work in an area of the horse industry. SJI Bar training is provided as part of the course fee. The practical elements of the course are delivered in the Local A.I.R.E. Equestrian Centre. Students are placed in equestrian facilities two days every week in order to prove a blended approach to their learning and in order to fulfil the requirements of the Work Practice module. The remaining days, students access the college extensive academic staff and facilities to provide the theoretical elements of the course.
Many additional days are spent in professional equine facilities in conjunction with the Level 6 equine students to observe the needs and practices in yards. Some commitment is required from students on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year in order to fulfil work practice.
GCC Student Services Fee of €175 applies to all learners.
€200 Government Levy Fee applies to all learners except:
An exam free of €50 for QQI Level 5 and €80 for QQI Level 6 applies to all learners except
Material Costs of €600.00 applies to this course
We advise non-EU citizens living outside Ireland to contact the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service on www.inisgov.ie to ensure the course you are considering applying for is eligible for a student visa. Non-EU citizens living in Ireland are welcome to apply and require a PPS number (Personal Public Service Number). Non-EU citizens are required to pay a tuition fee set by the Irish government which is currently €3653. Some exemptions apply, for further information, please contact http://www.gretb.ie .
QQI Level 4, minimum of 17 years of age at the time of registration, Equivalent qualifications from other countries, relevant life experiences, relevant work experiences and mature students.
A basic understanding and experience with horses is essential for student application.
Galway Community College reserves the right to make changes to any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the college and a student or a third party.
Upon completing and obtaining a full award, students may progress to similar courses at Third Level Institute of Technologies.- Level 6 Horsemanship GCC
I completed the level 6 course in 2018. I had just done the leaving cert and had competed ponies and was riding horses. Of course there was pressure to take over the farm at home but i also wanted to compete in Europe. The blended learning approach allowed me attend and fly over to England every week to compete with Tom Slattery. So after the year I had two stones turned: my 'young trained farmer status' was in the bag and I was competing successfully in Europe.
After an accident this Christmas i am on the ground for a few months so i am using the experience i got teaching and coaching in GCC to good use and starting my HSI coaching modules.
PS It was also great to spend time with lads i had know all my life in ponies and go to college together and of course Galway was great.