Frequently Asked Questions

  • Question 1 - What is open Learning?

    Open learning is the title given to any structured learning plan where the student studies course material away from a college or university, usually at home. This form of study also goes under the names of  'Home Study Courses', 'Correspondance Courses' and 'Distance Learning Courses'
    It lacks many of the drawbacks of studying in a College or University: You have control over your learning and your studies can be tailored to your individual requirements.  

  • Question 2 - Can I study from outside of the UK?

    YES.  You can study our courses from anywhere in the world. There are additional overseas postage fees please contact the office for details.
    Please note that our on-line payment system is unable to process payments outside the United Kingdom or Channel Islands.  Overseas students can pay for a course by paypal account or we can arranging bank transfers from their own bank.  Please contact us at for information

  • Question 3 - When can I start my course?

    You can enrol on our Equine Owners course at any time of the year. We   usually provide you with your course materials 3 weeks from receipt of your order.
    The BTEC programme has 4 start dates each year, which are detailed on the BTEC enrolment form.

  • Question 4 - What if I change my mind?

    If for any reason you are dissatisfied with your course, simply return it, complete, in good condition within 14 days of receipt and we will refund all fees paid, less an administration fee of 10% per course.
    Once you have retained the material beyond the fourteen day period you are deemed to have checked its contents, accepted it and all conditions of payment fully so we would be unable to refund any fees.

  • Question 5 - Are there any exams or residentials ?

    There are NO examinations to sit for any of our courses and NO compulsory residential courses.  All our courses are assessed by written assignments that are designed to assess your knowledge, demonstrate your understanding of the subject and how you can relate this to a practical context. 

  • Question 6 - Will my qualification be accredited?

    Horses & Courses is an approved BTEC centre.  This allows us to offer courses approved by the Government approved awarding body EDEXCEL.
    If you wish to study a course that provides you with an internationally recognised equine qualification then you need to select one of our BTEC courses.
    If you wish to study a course that will provide you with a certificate to recognsie your achievement but do not need this to be from a nationally accredited awarding body, you may want to consider our Equine Owners Diploma series.

  • Question 7 - Are there any time limits for completing the courses?

    For all our Equine Owners courses there are NO time limits, as long as we are still offering the course you can submit your course assignment. This allows you to study at your own rate and timescale, and fit your studies around your other commitments.

    If you are intending to enrol onto a BTEC module or programme this will have set assignment hand in dates and course end dates.

    Enrolments and hand in dates may be extended beyond these timeframes where mitigating circumstances apply.  Please refer to BTEC Student Handbook for further details or contact the H&C office.
    The maximum period for completing a BTEC course is 18 months
 from enrolment.

  • Question 8 - Do I need to buy any additional books or access additional online materials?

    NO. You receive everything you need within the course material provided. However we do offer additional study materials and articles for those students who wish to explore their subject in more detail through the student area of our website.

  • Question 9 - How old do I have to be to study?

    You need to be aged 12 or older to enrol on our Equine Diploma courses.
    You need to be aged 14 or older to enrol on any of our BTEC courses.

  • Question 10 - Can I enrol on a course?

    As long as you are able to meet our requirements you can enrol;
    We requirements are that you are:

    • English speaking
    • Aged 12 or more for Equine Diploma courses.
    • Aged 14 or more for BTEC courses
    • Have access to a horse and an interest in learning about horse care and management

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