Flexible learning

Flexible learning designed for school pupils aged 14-16......

Our 14-16 vocational courses provide a practical option for students currently in Year 10 who are looking for alternative education when progressing in to Year 11. The courses run alongside GCSE options taken at school.

The different 1st4Sport courses allow students to learn about different aspects of horse care, working both in a classroom and on the stable yard.

The courses enables students to either go out and work practically with horses or to move on to study a full time course or apprenticeship.

Students will learn to safely work with horses in different situations. The courses CAN include a riding module; riding skills will be assessed at interview, or alternatively students could focus on practical horse care, racehorse care, rehabilitation and therapy or breeding.

Students who successfully complete the course(s) may wish to continue on and study full time at HEROS on the HEROS Racing Staff Academy (in partnership with Abingdon and Witney College) or at another college or enrol onto a work based apprenticeship.

Special requirements

  • Black or navy jodhpurs and sweatshirt.
  • Long or short riding boots – must have a smooth sole
  • Half chaps or gaiters may be worn
  • Riding hat (kite mark BSEN1384 or PAS 015)
  • Gloves
  • Short whip and body protector (only required if riding on the course)
  • Pen, folder and paper
  • Tetanus vaccination must be up to date


Please call HEROS on 01488 638820 to discuss individual requirements and costs.

Additional Information

All programmes are offered at Key Stage 4, beginning in Year 10.  If you are a student interested in taking one of these courses you will need the agreement of your school.

All teaching staff at HEROS have been DBS checked.


To apply for this course please complete our online application form here

Alternatively, please contact HEROS on 01488 638820 or by email at education@herocharity.org

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