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FETH Course

Further Education Through Horsemastership (FETH) Course


An alternative workable place and space...An ‘alternative seat of learning’...

A young person who won’t get out of bed in the morning except for a horse, who only co-operates, communicates and concentrates when they are around a horse...they are a potential FETH Course student... It is then that they have the opportunity to learn. On and around horses, naturally occurring learning is there in bucketfuls; the FETH Course staff team at the FCRT plan and harness naturally occurring learning...

For some people, horses are their ‘learning style’; especially for young people with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities, this may be their only chance to experience any independence in adulthood. People who are passionate about horses learn and develop in an equine environment in a way that they do not in any other; non-learners become learners. In the equine environment, a desire and ability to learn is transferred into learning life skills. Involvement with horses relies on routine, structure, teamwork, self- discipline and self-control, consistent exercise and putting something else first!  What students want to know is then transferred into what they need to know. Skills learned around the horses are transferred into a new understanding of a wide variety of life skills appropriate to the needs of the individual student.

The FETH Course is a unique specialist provision that is person centred and horse led. The FETH Course is a residential three year life changing opportunity. The FETH Course is for young people aged between 16 and 25 years, who enjoy being with horses more than anything else. Prospective students are those who have not progressed at school and whose learning needs cannot be met in their local General Further Education College. Young people with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities, whose needs cannot be met in government provision, may be referred to an Independent Specialist Provider (ISP) by their Local Authority, usually following a Learning Disabilities Assessment (LDA) carried out by a specialist Careers Advisor. Students are funded by the Education Funding Agency (EFA), formerly the LSC and YPLA. FETH Course students come from within no geographical boundary and typically from all over the UK. The FETH Course is delivered in English. Prospective students are assessed after an Initial Visit, on a One Day Assessment and on a residential Seven Day Assessment.


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Contact Us

Please call The Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy on 01425 673297 or email enquiries@fcrt.ac.uk for further information.

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