BHSQ Level 4 Senior Coaching Riders (Stage 4)

Qualification Level: 4

Total Qualification Time:

278 hours (of which 179 are Guided Learning Hours)

Qualification purpose

The purpose of this qualification is to offer a pathway for those who wish to focus on coaching riders. Learners completing this qualification will have achieved Level 3 (Stage 3) in coaching riders. 

As a result of industry consultation demand has been identified for discipline specific routes at Level 4 (Stage 4). At this level individuals often have a preferred discipline in which they wish to focus and develop expertise. There are many disciplines in equestrian sport, BHSQ qualifications focus on the three Olympic disciplines (Eventing, Dressage and Show Jumping). Learners will choose one of the three optional units; Unit 7: Stage 4 Senior Coaching Eventing, Unit 8: Stage 4 Senior Coaching Dressage or Unit 9: Senior Coaching Show Jumping, to achieve this qualification. However, learners can choose to complete more than one unit.

By successfully completing this qualification, learners will be able to coach horse riding at a senior level for competition and commercially within the discipline they have chosen. Learners will be able to deliver lessons that implement coaching techniques whilst maintaining the safety and welfare of horses and riders. Learners will be able to show genuine improvement in horse and rider combinations and develop plans for their future progression.

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is for learners who wish to base their career on coaching clients, students and staff. It is likely that learners will be working in the industry and seeking career advancement by progressing their coaching to a higher level. Learners may progress to this qualification after completing the BHSQ Level 3 Coaching Riders (Stage 3) or BHSQ/BHS equivalent. Please refer to entry requirements at unit level. 

This qualification is also available to learners at the appropriate level who have industry experience and/or hold non BHS equine qualifications. To enter they will apply via the BHS RPCL or RPEL direct entry process.


Professional expectations

BHSQ work closely with the sector and employers in particular. Once a learner has achieved this qualification, they are likely to be working in the sector. It is essential all those working in the sector have a sufficient understanding of their legal responsibilities to protect both the horse and their clients and colleagues. This includes safeguarding, health and safety, first aid, equality and diversity and data protection.

It is always the responsibility of the employer or self-employed person to ensure practices are safe, effective and legal. BHSQ encourages all those working in the sector to have current BHS First Aid or First Aid at Work and BHS Safeguarding and Protecting Children.


Age range

This qualification is available to learners who are 18 years and above.

What could this qualification lead to?

The BHSQ Level 4 Senior Coaching Riders (Stage 4) qualification has been developed in consultation with employers and professional bodies to ensure that the content is appropriate for those working in the sector. This qualification have been designed primarily to support career progression to a senior coaching role. Learners completing this qualification could access roles in areas such as:

  • Senior Coach in a centre 
  • Freelance Senior Coach 

This qualification offers progression to:

  • BHS Performance Coach (BHSI) qualifications (please refer to entry requirements)


To download the qualification specification click here.

For more information about this qualification please visit the BHS website.