Galway Community College
Further Education

Horsemanship Level 6

Horsemanship Level 6


QQI Level 6 Course Code: 6M3505

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Course Outline

GCC continues to expand its course offer to the agricultural community and is offering the QQI level 6 advanced course certificate which is designed to allow learners to develop their horsemanship skills and to progress in a specialised way in the equine industry.

On successful completion of the course students are awarded the QQI Level 6 in Horsemanship which qualifies them as Young Trained Farmers.

All Equine Studies courses are based in the Galway Community PLC College situated in the heart of Galway. The practical elements are delivered in several Equestrian centres in the county. The Sports horse riding module requires learners to bring their own horse. All other modules horses are provided to the learner. This course has numerous unique features such as an extensive list of guest speakers drawn from a variety of equestrian disciplines; trips to local events and equine yards, sales and trips to the National Stud. Cross country trip, Jump Cross and hunting are part of the practical learning experiences.

The course recognises the importance of hands-on professional yard experience. The practical components of the horse industry are studied in a practical and blended approach. Modular delivery of the course over the academic year allows the learner to work in a compatible way with the winter weather and the competitive equestrian season.


A combination of the modules from the list below will be chosen at the start of the course to achieve the 120 credits.


€175 GCC Student Services Fee applies to all learners.

€80 QQI Certification Fee applies to all learners except

  • Those in receipt of Back to Education Allowance.
  • Medical Card Holders (valid at time of Registration).

€600 Materials Fee applies to this course

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 .

Work Placement

Students are encouraged to combine working in the horse industry with their studies. Work Placement of 60 days takes place throughout the academic year in Equestrian facilities. A blended approach to learning requires students to be work riding in a competition yard in order to achieve the standard required to be successful at level 6 as students will be expected to perform and digitally record practical assessments in their yard for assessment purposes.

If completing Riding Instruction as a module, students will be required to complete 10 days work practice during holiday period in riding centres.

The course coordinator is the final decision maker in relation to agreeing work placement location.

Special Features

Entry Requirements

QQI level 5 award in Equine studies or an Agricultural related award & minimum of 17 years of age at the time of registration. Applicants who have not completed level 5 Equine studies need to have worked full time in the Equine industry for 2 years & demonstrate their horsemanship skills prior to entry.

Material Costs of €600.00 applies to this course.


For information please visit our Progression Page under Student Supports

Opportunities open to students who did not achieve the desired Leaving Certificate to allow entry to your desired course from the CAO system, you can have the opportunity to achieve up to 390 points in a PLC course and gain access to 3rd Level or for mature students who did not complete a Leaving Certificate to gain access to 3rd Level.

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.


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