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Stage 4 - Senior Management

To achieve Unit 2: Stage 4 Senior Management you will need to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to manage an equestrian business. This could be a commercial business such as an equestrian centre or managing your own business as a self-employed coach.

  • Last reviewed: 5th January 2024
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What's covered in the unit?

This unit will assess your considerable skills and experience looking for wide knowledge in addition to technical competence.

On completion of the unit, you will: 

  • Understand the importance of customer care and how to apply this in your business 
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills 
  • Understand the responsibilities of a yard manager, including managing staff, accounts and record keeping 
  • Understand how to manage a yard, including marketing, facilities and grassland management
What will you be assessed on?

You will be assessed on the following learning outcomes:

  • Understand the importance of customer care
  • Be able to use interpersonal skills
  • Be able to manage staff
  • Understand requirements for self-employment
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of a yard manager
  • Understand financial requirements for an equestrian business
  • Understand record-keeping requirements for an equestrian business
  • Understand different marketing opportunities
  • Understand how to manage a yard
  • Understand how to manage grassland

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

How will you be assessed?
  • Up to a two-and-a-half-hour criteria-based assessment via video call
  • We recommend you have an up-to-date web browser and have 10Mb download and 5Mb upload speed to work well. We recommend going to and running a quick test to understand how good your connection is. If you have poor connection on the day of the assessment the assessor may stop your assessment and you would risk losing your fee. 
  • The video assessment will be led by a BHS Assessor with up to four candidates
  • You will be emailed instructions for how to join the video assessment
  • On the morning of your assessment, you will be emailed a case study no later than 8:30am by your assessor, you will then be required to join the video call at 10:00am for a group discussion (approx. one hour). During the group discussion the assessor will inform you at what time you will need to re-join the call for your 1:1 assessment (approx. one hour).
  • LO2 is assessed via an informal group debate/discussion. The current topics that you may be asked to discuss are:
    • Tethering horses: Should this activity be banned?
    • Turnout: Should horses live out 24/7 and only come in to be worked?
    • Rugs: Do all horses need them? 
    • Horse owners: Do they need a license?
    • LO6, LO8 and LO10 will include a case study that the candidate will read on the day and asked questions in relation to the assessment criteria. Download an example case study
Entry requirements
Re-sitting your assessment

If you have been unsuccessful on your first assessment, we encourage you to call us to book a re-sit. Your feedback sheet will detail which learning outcomes you will need to resit. If you are unsuccessful in a ‘viva’ on the assessment day you will be required to retake the relevant learning outcome in its entirety with a BHS assessor. This can be via a video call.

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 trainer endorsements required for career pathways.

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

  • Ready for assessment form completed - compulsory 
  • LO1 Trainer Endorsement - compulsory 
  • LO2 Trainer or Employer Endorsement - compulsory 
  • LO3 Trainer Endorsement - compulsory 
  • LO4 Trainer Endorsement - compulsory 
  • LO5 Trainer Endorsement - compulsory 
  • LO7 Trainer Endorsement - compulsory 
  • LO9 Trainer Endorsement - compulsory 

Stage 4 Trainer Endorsement (via Skills Record) 

You are asked to complete a Skills Record where your trainer confirms, for a range of learning outcomes listed above, you have achieved the standards required for the unit (Trainer Endorsement). The sign off of these learning outcomes is quality assured by the assessor through professional discussion (viva) with you on the assessment day. 

Your Skills Record must be signed off by the relevant Accredited Professional to complete your assessment. 

The Stage 4 Senior Management section within the Skills Record must be signed off by a BHS Accredited Professional who holds the Performance Care and Welfare, or Stable Manager’s, or ETQ Centre Manager qualification with a BHS Coaching or Ride Leader award  who has undertaken BHS Stage 4 Trainer training. Please check with your trainer and if they need further support ask them to call the BHS on 02476 840508. 

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 4 qualifications will either be seeking employment at management level or will already be employed in the industry with a desire to progress their career by advancing their skill 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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