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Stage 3 - Coach

Unit 5: Stage 3 Coaching will assess the consolidation, progression and development of your skills from a Stage 2 Foundation Coach. 

  • Last reviewed: 22nd March 2023
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What's covered in the unit?

On completion of the unit, you will: 

  • Be able to deliver a flat lesson that would be suitable for someone hoping to compete in a novice or prelim dressage competition 
  • Be able to coach two riders over simulated cross-country fences including some of the more technical fences of an 80 centimetre course 
  • Have the skills to teach the basics of dressage, showjumping and cross-country riding disciplines to novice competitive riders, Pony Club members and riding school clients.
What will you be assessed on?
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of a coach 
  • Be able to coach safely 
  • Be able to demonstrate lesson management skills 
  • Be able to coach a flatwork lesson (30 min teaching + 20 min discussion with assessor) 
  • Be able to coach a simulated cross country lesson (40 min teaching + 10 min discussion with assessor) 
  • Understand how to develop own skills 

To review the learning outcomes in more detail: download the qualification specification.

How will you be assessed?

Up to a two-hour criteria-based assessment.

Entry requirements
Skills record

Supporting you at every stage, your Skills Record allows you to record your achievements and progression through your career, with pre-assessment sign off criteria and coach endorsements required for career pathways. 

Pre-assessment criteria and coach endorsement for this assessment include: 

The above must be approved by a BHS Accredited Professional Coach or Coaches in a BHS Approved Centre. 

You will also be asked to bring along to the assessment day two lesson plans

  1. Private dressage lesson 
  2. Semi-private arena eventing lesson 
Awarding Body

BHS Qualifications (BHSQ) is an awarding organisation recognised and regulated by the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, SQA Accreditation in Scotland, Qualifications Wales (QW) and the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland. BHSQ works in partnership with a variety of organisations to develop and award qualifications for the equestrian industry. This ensures BHSQ qualifications are fit for purpose for the sector. 

As the awarding organisation, BHSQ is responsible for the processes through which learners seek and obtain certification for their achievements. BHSQ is responsible for verifying that assessment practice in approved centres is conducted systematically, effectively, securely and to national standards specified within the qualification. 

The British Horse Society (BHS) is approved as a centre to deliver qualifications regulated by BHSQ. BHSQ and the BHS developed these qualifications in line with feedback received from extensive industry consultation. 

Learners taking BHSQ Level 3 (Stage 3) qualifications will either be seeking employment in the industry or will already be employed with a desire to progress their career by advancing their skills and knowledge. It is essential that these qualifications meet the needs of employers and learners. To satisfy these requirements, the qualifications have been developed in collaboration with employers, colleges, coaches, students, and expert groups. 

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