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Horsemanship Level 6

Horsemanship Level 6

Horsemanship Level 6

Course Code: 6M3505

QQI Level 6

Course Details

Award Title QQI Level Status
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Course Outline

GCC continues to expand its course offer to the agricultural community and is offering the QQI level 6 advanced course certificate which is designed to allow learners to develop their horsemanship skills and to progress in a specialised way in the equine industry.

On successful completion of the course students are awarded the QQI Level 6 in Horsemanship which qualifies them as Young trained farmers.

. All Equine Studies courses are based in the Galway Community PLC College situated in the heart of Galway. The practical elements are delivered in several Equestrian centres in the county. The Sports horse riding module requires learners to bring their own horse. Horses can be provided with an additional fee upon request and confirmation prior to the start of the course. All other modules horses are provided to the learner. 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.

The course recognises the importance of hands on professional yard experience. The practical components of the horse industry are studied in a practical and blended approach. Modular delivery of the course over the academic year allows the learner to work in a compatible way with the winter weather and the competitive equestrian season. This course is suitable for those who wish to improve their practical horsemanship skills.

Students will complete the Sport Horse Riding Instruction module. This will entail teaching practice one evening per week for 6 weeks in Galway riding centres and delivering lesson as part of their assessment for a 5-day period during a college holiday period in spring term. This provided a good foundation to for learners to progress to the HSI coaching awards . Garda vetting is a requirement for entry on to this course. SJI Bar 1,2 &3 training is provided as part of the course fee.


GCC Student Services Fee of €175 applies to all learners.
€200 Government Levy Fee applies to all learners except:

  • Those in receipt of Back to Education Allowance.
  • Medical Card Holders (valid at time of Registration).
  • Those in receipt of a SUSI Grant.
  • Those on a VTOS scheme.

An exam free of €50 for QQI Level 5 and €80 for QQI Level 6 applies to all learners except

  • Those in receipt of Back to Education Allowance.
  • Medical Card Holders (valid at time of Registration).

Material Costs of €600.00 applies to this course

Non EU Students are subject to an International Fee.

We advise non-EU citizens living outside Ireland to contact the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service on 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 .

Work Experience

Work placement takes place throughout the academic year. Similar to the apprentice model, work placement of 80 days take place throughout the year for two days per week and for an extended period of time over a continuous period after Autumn half term. Yard placements alternate throughout the year to give experience in several disciplines The course co-coordinator is the decision maker in relation to placement location. A 12-day placement in Vilamoura show in Portugal is part of placement for those who are successful in their application.

Some parts of half terms and college holiday periods are spent on work placement or fulfilling requirements in relation to the Instruction module.

Special Features

Entry Requirements

QQI level 5, 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 video clip or riding test and must have competed successfully and demonstrate sufficient riding skills.

For entry to the equine breeding award students must demonstrate success at level 5 in agriculture, or have sufficient knowledge and skills from farming backgrounds.

Material Costs of €600.00 applies to this course. All students are provided with college jackets. Students must be in possession of a grooming kit.

Please Note

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.

Course Modules

This course provides learners with the opportunity to assess and evaluate the horses learning and progression from a young horse to a skilled performed. It gives opportunities to learners to understand the theory behind flatwork and introduces the learner to horse fitness and preparation for sales and competition.
Whilst the need for riders is essential there is an increased need for employees to have a more detailed and extensive knowledge of horse conformation and its related success to performance and management of injuries. This module provides a great foundation for students to assist them in analysing horses performance and pedigree and preparing for sales.

Students spend a large amount of their riding time improving their flat work which then links up to the jumping and cross country elements. Emphasis is placed on the technical aspects of riding skills and preparation for

competition. Students bring their own horses or can pay an additional fee to have a horse provided.

Students gain a deeper understanding of riding by engaging in this teaching module which also helps those wishing to progress to achieving their coaching badges, Students will be expected to practice and observe teaching in the evenings and fulfil their teaching in the evenings.
The level 6 courses are aimed at up skilling suitably experienced workers and those progressing from level 5 to supervisory positions across all sectors of the industry. The financial elements of yard management, forecasting budgets, and requirements of H&S legislation feature heavily in this module. Students also gain a deeper understanding and learning of leading a team in equine situations and tasks.
This programme module aims to provide the learner with a comprehensive range of skills with detailed theoretical understanding of a general supervisory nature of the work placement in a specific vocational area.

Progression Routes

Upon completing and obtaining a full award, students may progress to similar courses at Third Level Institute of Technologies.

- Business in Equinne (A.I.T. AL652)
- Agriculture (C.I.T. CR010)
- Agriculture (L.I.T. L4877)
- Management (G.M.I.T. GA777)
- Management (L.I.T. LC428)
- Business (G.M.I.T. GA172)

Career Opportunities

This course is proving a popular hunting ground from equine yards to source assistants. Most students gain employment during the year from their placement yards.

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