The Diamond Centre offers students a variety of training options and is able to tailor make courses to suit individual requirements. We welcome students from overseas and can offer onsite accommodation at a reasonable rate.

Riding for the Disabled Coach

This course depends on the student’s requirements and previous experience. There is practical supervision and four lectures a week. Subjects included are RDA Structure, Taking a Lesson, Stable Management and Medical Knowledge. Students work alongside Diamond Instructors taking on more responsibility for the instruction as they increase in confidence and proficiency. Students are continuously assessed.

If you wish to complete a student application form please click here or call us today on 020 8643 7764.  E-mail:

NPTC (National Proficiency Tests Council) Level 2 Diploma in work based horse care

The Diamond Centre are now offering a NPTC (National Proficiency Tests Council) Level 2 Diploma in work based horse care. The Diploma is being run in conjunction with Merrist Wood – part of Guildford College.

It is a work related competence based qualification which is suitable for anyone (16+) wishing to study horse care in working environment rather than College based. Training for the Diploma at Diamond is particularly appropriate for those with an interest in RDA who would like to achieve a nationally recognised qualification.

The Diploma consists of seven core mandatory units (in horse care but including heath and safety, importance of working as a team and personal development). The student is then required to select eight to ten additional options and the Diamond will be able to offer the option of riding and assisting riders with special needs and requirements.

The Diplomas is assessed through coursework and practical application – there is no final exam. A log book of course work, completed assessment records and photographic evidence is compiled to show the skills and knowledge gained and implemented. Merrist Wood will send an assessor out on a monthly basis to liaise with the student and complete the logbook. The course is delivered via a weekly formal lecture and on-going practical demonstrations, projects and assessments carried out as part of the working week.

Students who successfully achieve Level 2 Diploma can enter the British Horse Society exams at Stage 2 and can progress to the Level 3 Diploma.

The course takes approximately one year to complete. It can start and finish at any time of the year and is organised via Merrist Wood. Students must be 16+ and commit to full time Tuesday – Friday minimum during term time. If students want to live in at Diamond, they must be over 18 years of age and they will be allowed to stay on a room only basis rent free term time.

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