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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. Last year is commenced the Equine level 5 programme and now is offering the QQI level 6 advanced course certificate which is designed to allow students to develop their horsemanship skills and to progress in a specialised way in the equine industry. For those who are not experienced riders, the Equine Breeding allows students to participate and achieve a level 6 award and thus gain access to the young trained farmer schemes.

On successful completion of the course students are awarded the QQI Level 6 in Horsemanship or Breeding which meets the training requirement for start-up assistance and schemes for young trained farmers. The level 6 advanced certificate fulfils one of the conditions of stamp duty exemption on the transfer of lands to a family member and meets the criteria for grants that are made available to young trained farmers.

Aimed at up skilling suitably experienced workers and those progressing from level 5 to supervisory positions across all sectors of the industry.
All Equine Studies courses are based in the Galway Community centre PLC College situated in the heart of Galway. A short distance is the local AIRE Riding centre where the practical elements are delivered. Work placement takes place two days per week and can occur in local yards or in yards nearer the student’s home for convenience.

Many students gain employment from their work yards during holidays and at the end of the course.

Numerous yard visits to equine specialists are organised throughout the year and can be viewed on the Galway community college face book page.

The course recognises the importance of hands on professional yard experience. Similarly, many students have completed their level 5 award and may have entered employment and wish to combine work and further education. In this regard the level 6 course allows students to attend college for a limited period each week whilst remaining in employment.

Students will be expected to work towards the Horse Sport Ireland coaching awards. The HSI Apprentice and Level 1 coaching course requires QQI Level 5 First Aid and Child Protection certification, which will be provided free as part of the GCC course fee. In addition, SJI Bar 1 & 2 training is provided as part of the course fee.


GCC Registration Fee of €250 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).

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 .

Material Costs of €600.00 applies to this course

Work Experience

Work experience takes place throughout the academic year. Two days per week students gain practical and supervised experience working with horses and the industry professionals. Students are assessed on their ability to groom at competitive venues so two weekends shows are required. Yard placements alternate throughout the year to give experience in several disciplines.

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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