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BHSQ Level 3 Diploma in BHS Riding Horses


Qualification Level: 3


Total Qualification Time:

550 hours (of which 338 are Guided Learning Hours)


Qualification purpose

By successfully completing this qualification learners will demonstrate they meet the required industry standards for riding horses on the flat and over fences. Learners will develop their understanding of riding horses.


This qualification is broken down into a smaller qualification, please see the specification for further details:

  • BHSQ Level 3 Certificate in Riding Horses on the Flat (TQT – 275, GLH – 169).


Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is for learners who wish to base their career on caring for horses and who have an interest riding, both flatwork and jumping. It is likely that learners will already be employed or working on a self-employed basis in the industry and are seeking career advancement. Learners may progress to this qualification after completing the BHS Stage 2 Ride awards or BHSQ/BHS equivalent. Please refer to entry requirements at unit level.

This qualification is also available to learners at the appropriate level who have industry experience and/or hold non-BHS equine qualifications. To enter they will apply via the BHS RPCL or RPEL direct entry process.


Age range

This qualification is available to learners who are 16 years and above.


What could this qualification lead to?

Learners completing this qualification could access roles in areas such as:

  • Groom
  • Freelance Groom
  • Work/exercise rider

Employment in these roles could be in a variety of equestrian environments including; riding schools, competition yards (any discipline), livery yards, private yards, studs, racing yards, police and military, and welfare or veterinary centres.

This qualification offers progression to level 4 awards, please contact The BHS for further information.


To download the qualification specification click here.


For more information about this qualification please visit the BHS website.