View Full Version : BHS Stage 2 and PTT
18th Aug 2004, 09:44 PM
I'm going to be taking my BHS Stage 1 over the next acedemic year (sept - june) and was thinking would it be possible to do my BHS stage 2 and PTT together in the summer holidays? Its probably impossible but was just wondering how much of it I would be able to get done if I spent the whole 2 months as a working pupil. The theory would be faily simple as I'm smart (not cocky but can be a limiting factor) but I'm guessing it would probably take longer so the question is more how much could I learn in 2 months and then follow up perhaps in later holidays or weekends? And where could I find a placement like this?
(oh btw I would be old enough and have the correct qualifications - you have to be 17 and a half to do ptt as long as you have 5 grade a-cs which i will get)
19th Aug 2004, 12:29 PM
Stage 2 preparation depends really on your riding and lunging both of which are a big step up from Stage 1. For preparing for PTT you really needs to be teaching/helping with lessons for quite a time to develop your ability to 'think on your feet' as quite often you will have to adapt your lesson brief as you teach to suit the people you are given,
In theory you can't enter PTT until you receive confirmation of your Stage 2 passs but you can if you are willing to take a risk on passing and pay up your entry fee. To fit both in a summer you would have to do this otherwise you would find the PTT all booked up.
It is possible. My daughter did stages 1 -3 and PTT in one summer but she had lived and helped in a riding school all her life!!
19th Aug 2004, 12:34 PM
yep - it'd depend how quickly you got your 1, and what standard you 're at to begin with. i did my nvqs (different format, same syllabus and standards - at least they were then, i was one of the first to do nvq 3) 1-3 in 9 months altogether, started in sept, went straight into 2 which i took in november, then 3 in may the next year.
when i started the training i was already at stage 2 standard, so it was a matter of doing the paperwork more than anything else.
your best bet, i'd say, would be to wait until you start your 1, then once your instructors have an idea of your current standard, see if they think it's achievable.
19th Aug 2004, 02:36 PM
Riding shouldn't be too much of a problem as, having looked at the syllabus I reckon I'm already past stage 1 and closer to stage 2 level and I may change to private lessons so my instructor whould be able to help me progress to stage 2 even before I took my stage 1 so I'd be pretty much prepared for the riding section before the summer. I've already helped at a riding school and worked within lessons and taken young kids out on a one to one basis. Hopefully I should be able to spend the next year helping at another school so I'd be working around lessons and horses. The other problem would be finding somewhere to take me on just for the summer to train me simply due to the short length of time I'm available.
19th Aug 2004, 02:39 PM
i don't know - riding schools often need extra competent help over the summer holidays.
19th Aug 2004, 08:02 PM
hi, u could go somewhere like wellington where u pay to be trained there is a 12 week course that trains u up to bhspi for 3,500 (not including exam fees).
i do not think that you will find anywhere that will take you as working pupil for the summer as to achieve the level for stage 2 and ptt all they will be doing is training you and you will no actually be doing much work for them .
you also have to remember that the summer is when riding schools recieve the most clients and income so they will be concentrating on organising activities and lessons for them therefore not having anytime to train u .
hope this helps and good luck with your search for a placement
have a look on where to train centres on bhs website and email them and see if they would be interested in taking u on.
19th Aug 2004, 10:07 PM
This site: http://www.bca.ac.uk/prospectus/site/equestr.html offeres a fairly cheap 6 week course for the PTT. It says candidates should 'ideally should have BHS Stage II before enrolling.' but if I was that level I could hopefully take the test there? Bascially for now I'm just gonna work towards my stage 1 and get as much hands on experience as possible.
20th Aug 2004, 03:17 PM
Mazpup, from what I've seen of the Berkshire School of Agriculture, it's a really nice place. Fantastic facilities, and their horses all seem lovely types. I'm trying to persude my parents to let me train for and take my BHS1 their part-time.
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