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BHSQ Level 5 Diploma in BHS Intermediate Teaching of Horse Riding


Qualification Level: 5


Total Qualification Time:

1073 hours (of which 545 are Guided Learning Hours)


Qualification purpose

By successfully completing this qualification learners will be able to show genuine improvement of horse and rider in both training and competition environments. In addition they will demonstrate sound practical business knowledge and be conversant with the running and management of a commercial yard. By completing this qualification learners could coach horse riding at a senior level in a broad range of contexts, mainly for competition and commercially.

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

  • BHSQ Level 5 Diploma In Coaching Horse Riders for the Commercial Environment (TQT – 520, GLH – 255)
  • BHSQ Level 5 Diploma In Coaching Horse Riders for Competition (TQT – 553, GLH – 290)


Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is for learners who wish to base their career on managing a business, training and producing horses and coaching clients, students and staff. It is likely that learners will already be employed or working on a self-employed basis in the industry and are seeking career advancement. Individuals may hold the BHS Stage 3 Coach qualification and wish to progress their coaching to a higher level with a focus on coaching riders in eventing covering dressage, show jumping and cross country. Learners may progress to this qualification after completing the BHS Stage 3 Coach 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 18 years and above.


What could this qualification lead to?

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

  • Senior Coach in a centre
  • Freelance Senior Coach

This qualification offers progression to the BHS Stage 5 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.