Level 3 Introductory Diploma in Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation



Study weeks

We are delighted to be running study weeks again from our new purpose built centre, with robust Covid protocols in place to ensure the safety of students, staff and other visitors.   In between study weeks, in addition to the e-learning and course materials, we’re also making excellent use of live and pre-recorded webinars and online teaching sessions to ensure a high quality and valuable learning experience.


Spring 2022 cohort: Enrolments now being accepted.

Pre-course induction reading: Starts upon enrolment.

Online programme start date:  Monday 14 March 2022

Induction Study Week 1 Date:  18 – 22 July 2022


Enrol now to get a head start with the theoretical content.


The course is designed to:

  • Introduce the key ethical and legal principles applicable to the application of equine therapy;
  • Familiarise learners with the foundation skills and knowledge required to assist with the maintenance of health and soundness in the horse;
  • Introduce learners to the specialist training requirements needed for professional development;
  • Provide a programme of training which permits progression onto further training courses.

The Introductory Diploma in Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation is ideal for:

  • Those interested in equine therapy and rehabilitation who wish to establish a foundation base knowledge upon which to build and develop further skills. Please note that this course on its own does not qualify you as an equine therapist;
  • Horse owners, and those thinking about a future career in equine therapeutics.

Course Accreditation

Academic Level:

Further Education Level 3

Number of Units:


Study Hours per Unit:


Total Hours:


Course Duration:

18 months

Study Week Requirements:

2 x 4½ day study weeks

Upon enrolment students are provided with access onto our online E-Learning Centre where they will find all of their course material, assignments and other helpful study resources.

The course is divided into modules which consist of:

  • Detailed illustrated text.
  • In-text questions to answer and in-text activities.

Over the course of the programme you will complete assignments for each module. Referring to the course material, you will complete the work assignments and submit each in turn for marking and assessment. Your work is assessed by qualified tutors, graded and returned to you with detailed feedback.

During study weeks lectures combine classroom and practical yard based studies.   The different topics of the programme will be taught and assessed by appropriately qualified staff, with a wealth of experience in their field. Practical assessments will be completed at study weeks. Study weeks are held at TOCES in Suffolk. During the study weeks there will be a high level of hands-on practical work.

Assessment method:
A range of assessment methods will be used, including:

  • Essay style assignment submissions
  • Online assessments (inc. MCQs)
  • Practical and oral assessment at study week
  • Invigilated written examinations at study week


Applicants should be/have:

  • Aged 16 or above.
  • Equine experience comparable to a minimum of BHS Stage 2.

Accreditation and approval status:

The Introductory Diploma in Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation Courses is a specialist programme, classified as ‘Customised Provision’.   Whilst customised programmes are not on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) or regulated by Ofqual, throughout every aspect of the design of this course, rigorous quality standards have been the top priority, including:

  • Course syllabus and content – to ensure the course is ‘fit for purpose’;
  • Academic level and workload – to ensure the course is academically rigorous;
  • Teaching strategy– to ensure learners will benefit from a team of highly qualified professionals in both the face to face setting, and whilst studying online;
  • Practical tuition– to ensure learners are taught to the highest standards in a practical setting;
  • Skills practice– to ensure learners undertake extensive levels of practical work;
  • Assessment strategy– to ensure both practical skills and academic knowledge and understanding are assessed using a range of assessment techniques.

The course has been designed with reference to the requirements of the Sector Skills Council’s (Lantra) National Occupational Standards (NOS).

If, upon completion of the TOCES Introductory Diploma in Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation you intend to progress to higher level study, check the exact entry requirements of the university offering the programme you wish to apply for.


Course Accreditation

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Module/Unit Details

  • Unit 1 The Legal, Professional and Ethical Framework

    This unit aims to introduce learners to:

    • The ethical and legal principles of the application of equine therapy
    • The need to work as part of a wider multi-professional team with due regard for the restrictions that apply under the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966

  • Unit 2 Equine Anatomy and Physiology

    This unit aims to develop the learner’s knowledge of:

    • The structure and function of mammalian cells and tissues
    • The equine structural anatomy
    • The anatomy and physiology of the horse’s body systems
    • Equine conformation

  • Unit 3 Equine Health Management

    This unit aims to develop the learner’s knowledge of:

    • Health management
    • The role of farriery in horse health
    • The effect of pain on equine behaviour
    • The importance of correct dental care
    • Saddle fitting

  • Unit 5 Introduction to Equine Massage

    This unit aims to introduce learners to:

    • Basic massage techniques
    • Active, passive and dynamic stretching
    • The purported benefits of massage to equine health

  • Unit 6 Introduction to Exercise and Movement Therapy

    This unit aims to introduce learners to:

    • Lungeing and long-reining the ‘normal’ horse
    • Simple exercises to help improve musculoskeletal function in the ‘normal’ horse
    • Lunging and training aids that can be incorporated into therapeutic exercise regimes
    • Exercise equipment and facilities within a therapeutic exercise regime


Full Payment


  • Online access to all course material and assignments
  • Tutor support
  • 2 x 4½ day study weeks (please note that accommodation, breakfast and evening meals are not included in the course fee)

Pay as You Learn

£174.95 Initial Fee

  • 17 Payments of £92.65
  • Total payable £1750
  • Online access to all course material and assignments
  • Tutor support

Online prospectus

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  • Enrolment and Fees

    Enrolments are accepted for all courses anytime throughout the year

    Following enrolment you will be provided with access onto out online E-Learning Centre where you will find all of your course material, assignments and other helpful study resources.

Online prospectus

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