The course is designed to provide professional education and training to learners who love horses and have a particular interest in the thoroughbred industry (racing or breeding). The course will enable them to pursue a career in the thoroughbred industry or continue their studies at higher and/or third level. It also provides a flexible progression route for graduates of the Horsemanship Level 4 Major award, which we currently deliver under KWETB, via contracted training. The course will also be offered as a stand-alone qualification, which can be taken as a part-time course leading to the major award – Horsemanship 5M3371 or can be undertaken on a module-by-module basis.
This is the first course of its kind in Ireland that offers a study of the thoroughbred horse. Successful completion of this course will likely improve career prospects and will open opportunities for learners to access progression to further education courses on the QQI framework.