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Careers With A Difference

Careers with a Difference

Here at Open Awards our company moto and ethos is to Change Lives Thorough Learning and in order to do that we offer a wide range of qualifications, certificates and diplomas to help new and returning learners to get ahead.

But we are fully aware that not everybody is the same and therefore not everyone wants to be taught the same way.

Everybody is a genius. But if judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

  • Albert Einstein

In the following weeks we will be promoting and raising the awareness of our qualifications, which offer that learner a different career pathway, with our Careers with a Difference campaign.

Outlined are few of the courses that we offer, providing the learner with a progression route that out of the “norm”.

If any of the qualification featured are of any interest to you, then please visit our website, drop us an email or give us a call on 0151 494 2072.


Equine Sports Massage

Equine sports massage an ancient complementary therapy first documented around 2,700BC in ancient China. It is the therapeutic application of professional sports massage techniques applied to a horse. A thorough understanding of anatomy and the interaction of bones, joints and muscles are the basis of the proven physical and mental therapy that is the art of massage. A masseur looks at the horse as a whole and attempts to consider all possible causes and effects of any tension while interpreting a horse’s reactions and expressions. Using their hands, the therapist can feel for any muscle swellings, tightness, spasms, stress points and uneven muscle tone across your horse’s body. Using a combination of different massage techniques the therapist can work to relieve the areas that are causing your horse discomfort or preventing him from moving at its best.

You must listen to what the horse is saying and learn to understand, you must become the horse whisperer!

The primary purpose of this qualification is to prepare you for employment in a specific occupational role. The content has been developed in partnership with subject experts to ensure that achievement will support your progression into employment to a role within this area of work.

Who is it for?

  • Horse lovers with a minimum of 3 years experience working in an equine environment (or, for mature students, evidence of extensive yard experience)
  • Those looking to progress into employment as an Equine Sports Massage Therapist


What are the Entry Requirements?

The minimum age to undertake this qualification is 21. You are required to have 3 years experience working in an equine environment (or evidence of extensive yard experience) and a Level 3 or above qualification in human massage. Due to the theoretical elements of this qualification, you are required to have a minimum of Level 2 in English.

What are the Progression Opportunities?

The qualification provides a mechanism for you to recognise and develop your knowledge and skills in Equine Sports Massage. On completion of this qualification, you will be able to seek employment in one of the following occupational roles:

Equine Sports Massage Therapist providing support for the equine and human athlete/riders at competition or in general training.

Multi-skilled groom able to unilaterally manage ongoing musculoskeletal health of horses in private yards.

Equine Assisted Therapist able to monitor and manage rider and/or horse development, balance and health in equine therapy settings (ie riders with special needs, physical disabilities etc working with horses trained for therapy use)

You may also choose to progress into higher level learning to support progression into the following roles:

  • Veterinary Physiotherapist
  • Equine Osteopath
  • Equine Chiropractor


Training involves the completion of assignments on the Equine Handling and Professional Conduct in Equine Sports Massage, Equine Sports Massage Techniques, Functional Anatomy of a Horse, Therapy in Practice: Equestrian Activity, Equine Sports Massage Management.

What are the Assessment Methods?

You will be required to complete a portfolio of evidence. This will be made up of a variety of coursework and assessments set by your training provider. Examples of assessment types include:

  • Coursework Oral Examination
  • Practical examination
  • Written Examination
  • Log of practice hours including reflection
  • Summatively Assessed Case Study Reports including Reflection

Pros & Cons

  • PRO - Whether you already have a full-time job or not, becoming an equine sports massage therapist is possible alongside your normal work if you're prepared to put in the hours. It's worth it!
  • PRO - No two jobs are the same so if you're looking for a career that won't bore you to tears, this is it.
  • CON - If you want to do this job while holding down your current full-time job, you'll need to be prepared to work out of hours and at the weekend.

For more information on this and many other exciting qualifications please click here.



Land-Based Industries

Out here in the fields… Employing more than one million people and hundreds of thousands of volunteers, the UK’s land based industries play an important part not only in growing our economy, but in growing our food as well. They also look after our green and pleasant land, take care of our animals and keep all the machinery and processes needed to manage the environment ticking over nicely. The sector can be split into two broad areas:

  • land management
  • animal health and welfare

A career in Land-Based Industries offer routes into farming careers of all kinds, whether that’s working on the land, caring animals and equipment or work in fencing to erect and maintain the increasingly sophisticated barriers we use to protect crops and animals.


The primary purpose of the Open Awards Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Working in Land-based Industries is to support you to progress to the next level of vocational learning including Further Education. It could also support your entry to employment or your development within employment. If you are interested in a career working with animals, plants or farm site maintenance, then this qualification could be suitable for you. The qualification was designed to provide you with an in-depth understanding across areas within the animal care and land-based industries and will support you to develop a strong foundation that will enable progression to higher level learning and/or employment.


Who is it for?

  • Animal lovers with a passion for the outdoors
  • Enjoys physical work, early mornings and getting their hands dirty
  • New entrants to the industry
  • Those currently unemployed who wish to retrain
  • Experienced workers looking to progress and/or seeking a formal qualification

What are the Entry Requirements?

There are no age restrictions for working towards this qualification and no specific prior achievements required.

What are the Progression Opportunities?

The qualification provides a mechanism for you to recognise and develop your skills and establish personal, learning and employment goals.

The achievement of the qualification will prepare you for progression to the next level of vocational learning. Examples of this include, but are not exclusive to:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Skills for Working in Land-Based Industries
  • Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Agriculture
  • Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Animal Management
  • Level 3 Diploma in Horse Management

You may choose to seek employment in one of many varied occupational areas, for example:

  • Farm Worker Assistant
  • Animal Care Worker Assistant
  • Animal Assistant
  • Farm Worker (Crops/Livestock)
  • Horse Groom

What are the Assessment Methods?

You will be required to complete a portfolio of evidence to achieve this qualification. There will be elements within the qualification that will need to be completed in a practical setting.

For more information on this and other exciting qualifications please click here.