Instructional Techniques


 Our instructional techniques course is ideal for:

  • Any student interested in the theory of teaching.
  • Students preparing for the BHS Preliminary Teaching Test.
  • Qualified instructors wishing to update and refresh their teaching technique.

Course Details

Academic Level: Further Education Level 3
Number of units/modules: 10
Study Hours per Unit: 10
Total Hours:  100
Course Duration:  Maximum of 12 months to complete course requirements
Study Week Requirements: No study week requirement

The course is divided into modules which consist of:

  • Detailed illustrated text.
  • In-text questions for you to answer and in-text activities to complete as you work through the material. Separate answer sheets are provided at the end of each module.
  • One work assignment every other module.
  • Referring to the course material, you complete the work assignments at your own pace and submit each in turn for marking and assessment. Your work is carefully checked by qualified tutors, graded where appropriate and returned to you with detailed feedback.
  • English speaking
  • aged 16 or more – there is no upper age limit
  • interested in learning more about teaching and instruction techniques


Module / Unit Details

This is a TOCES Certificate course. You will be awarded a graded TOCES certificate upon completion of the course. This will be of value to prospective employers as well as to you personally as it reflects your commitment to study. Please note that although TOCES Certificate courses do not result in a validated qualification, the course material is of the same high standard as our validated programmes through BTEC, the BHS and City and Guilds.

Study from home or school

Fit study in around your current commitments and while you gain practical experience in the equine industry.

Full course support

Our dedicated student support tutors are available to assist you throughout your studies. Keep in touch with fellow students too!

Learn while you earn

Continue to work full, part time or volunteer!

Module 1 An introduction to Teaching

Qualities of an effective teacher. Teaching children, teenagers, adults, the older rider and riders with special needs. Producing a lesson plan.

Module 2 Approaches to Learning

Levels of learning. Influences on the ability to learn. Stages of skill acquisition. ABRS Initial Teaching Certificate. BHS Preliminary Teaching Test.

Module 3 Basic Safety

Preparing a safe lesson. Safe procedure for conducting a hack. Basic road safety. Basic accident procedure. The accident/ incident book. Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Risk Assessment. Insurance.

Module 4 Rider Position and Application of the Aids

Mounting, dismounting, correct seat. The aids. Basic gaits, variations within gaits. Half-halt, riding a turn, rein-back, leg yield, turn on the forehand. Terms explained.

Module 5 Use of Poles and Jumping Technique

How the horse jumps. Position of the rider. Poles and distances. Grids and distances. Types of fence. Jumping a simple course.

Module 6 Recognition of Common Faults and their Corrections

Common positional faults in the rider. Consequences of an incorrect position. Rider faults when jumping. Potential faults in the horse’s way of going.

Module 7 School Movements

Arena layout and use of markers. Commands used. School movements. Correct protocol for safe use of the arena. Drill rides.

Module 8 The Private Lesson

Establishing a rapport, assessing the client. The lead rein lesson. The lunge lesson.

Module 9 The Class Lesson

Selection of horses. Balancing of mixed ability classes. Organisation and execution of the Class Lesson. Lesson plans.

Module 10 The Lecture

Planning a classroom based lecture. Delivery and presentation skills. Use of props and cue cards.

Enrolment and Fees

Enrolments are accepted for all courses anytime throughout the year.

Following enrolment, you will receive access to online course information and course material.

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33 Pages Lane
Lower Green
Bury St Edmunds
IP28 6NJ

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