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The course has established effective links with a significant number of professional local and national equine industry providers, resulting in an innovative practical experience being offered to students as part of their timetabled hours. The opportunity to be actively involved in a number of blue-chip events such as; West Wilts Equestrian Centre, Badminton Horse Trials, Olympia and more, provide ‘real work life’ opportunities such as supporting the running of commercial events within the equine industry. This course will provide you with specialist technical, practical skills as well as detailed knowledge and understanding of the equine industry.This course will provide you with specialist technical, practical skills as well as detailed knowledge and understanding of the equine industry. During your studies, you will take part in routine yard duties which will supplement your work experience and develop your employability skills, as well as ensuring that the horses you work with are cared for in a safe, supportive environment.The course offers a riding and non-riding route, equine students benefit from the best equestrian facilities in the area supporting the development of their riding and non-riding skills. Involving local industry provides learners with a better ‘line of sight’ to work, enrich learning experience, raises the credibility of the qualifications and improves the collaboration between education and employers.
What will I learn?
Whether you choose a riding or non-riding route, this two-year A-level equivalent qualification will give you an excellent grounding in all aspects of Horse Care. This course gives students a diverse learning experience to develop their practical skills and theoretical background in the equestrian industry. This is achieved by a well-structured and varied course delivery. Students will have theory lessons, practical and riding sessions, external work placement to improve professional development. Students also have a weekly tutorial with pastoral care to aid personal and social development. An integral part of the Level 2 programme is to study GCSE Maths and/or English if a Grade 4 is not achieved prior to enrolment. This enables the students to finetune their literacy and numeracy skills in order to progress into employment or onto future academic courses.
4 GCSEs at grade 3 including English, Maths and Science (or equivalent).
Demonstrate a positive and responsible attitude towards working with animals.
Interviewed if required
Study, Assessment and Qualifications
The course provides opportunities for you to study during your time-tabled week; however, to support your learning experience and to achieve higher grades, you will be expected to work in your own time.
You will be assessed through written and practical assignments and industry based assessments.
The final qualification will be a City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate in Horse Care.
Additional Costs and Information
Riding restriction: Please be aware there is a weight limit of 14stone.
All students wishing to ride will be weighed and have their height taken prior to the riding assessment along with other details such as riding experience to help us match rider and mount suitability.
Trips and visits to shows and other animal related events are important aspects of the programme allowing you to appreciate the diverse range of career opportunities and organisations within the sector.
Students will be expected to pay for the cost of student trips and additional enrichment activities via the College on-line shop. Practical clothing is available to purchase from the College shop which MUST be worn during all practical sessions.
You will also need to purchase your own personal protective equipment such as hats, boots, body protectors etc.
What Could I Do Next?
On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses
ProgressionLevel 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Horse Management (1080).Career Opportunities:Groom Equine Nursing Yard Manager Performance Training Stud Management Instructor/Teacher Supply Industry Work