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Horse Care (Level 2)

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1 year

Full Time

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Course Overview

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.

female equine student riding a horse
female equine student petting the horse
female equine students scrubbing back of horse
equine student with horse
female equine student riding a horse
female equine student petting the horse
female equine students scrubbing back of horse
equine student with horse

What will I learn?

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.

As part of this course, you will also gain 150 hours of industry experience in the animal sector to suit career goals.

During this course you will learn about:

Mandatory Units include:

• 230 Health and Safety for land-based industries

• 231 Equine health and welfare

• 232 Working in the equine industry

• 234 Horse tack and equipment

• 216 Undertake routine stable duties

• 217 The principles of feeding and watering horses

• 235 Horse handling and grooming

• 222 Introduction to lungeing horses

Optional 60 credits needed:

Rider route:

• 237 Riding horses under supervision (60)

Non-rider route:

• 223 Keeping horses at grass (30)

• 239 Assisting with the transportation of horses (30)

Please be aware that units may be subject to review and change in order to improve the course.

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to have the following:

• 4 GCSEs
• Grade D or above including English and Maths or equivalent

• Or successful completion of relevant subject at Level 1

• Demonstrate a positive and responsible attitude towards working with animals

• A good reference

• A satisfactory interview

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.

Learners 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 and 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


Career Opportunities

  • Riding Instructor
  • Groom
  • Equine Veterinary Technician

  • Yard Manager
  • Jockey
  • Horse Trainer

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