This course has been developed for ambitious people wishing to pursue a career within the equine industry. The Level 2 Diploma provides students with an excellent opportunity to develop a sound knowledge and understanding in horse care and or riding through a mix of practical, classroom and work-based study. This course allows for some flexibility in the units taken. Some units that may be taken dependent on the interest of the individual are below.
- Carry out and understand the principles of feeding and watering horses
- Undertake routine stable duties
- Undertake horse handling
- Fit and maintain horse tack and clothing
- Undertake work-related experience in the land-based industries
- Introduction to riding horses on the flat
- Introduction to riding horses over fences
- Understand the principles of horse biology
- English and Maths, as required.
Please note, the units studied may vary depending on the options chosen. Riding and non-riding options are available.
One year full-time, normally in college three days a week. Weekend duties will also be timetabled, approximately one weekend day in each month.
Students will complete one week off-site work placement within the academic year.
Students can progress on to the Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate in Equine Management or an apprenticeship programme.
Students are assessed through coursework, written and practical assessments.
Work in commercial stable yards, for professional equestrian teams, in equine therapy, equine events and shows centres, at riding schools and many more.
Students will require sturdy footwear, a riding hat (Snell or PAS015 standard), gloves, dark coloured T-shirt, jumper, coat and a basic grooming kit for equine based practical sessions.
Students are required to provide their own laboratory coats, available via the college online shop, as well as to purchase core texts to support studies and to make small contributions (usually up to £25) to attend study visits on some modules.
Work will be assessed using a variety of written assignments and practical assessments.
GCSE / Functional Skills exams in Maths and English will be compulsory if these have not been achieved at grade 4 when you start the course.
Level 2 courses can be achieved to a pass, merit, distinction or distinction * grade.
Four GCSEs at grade 3 or above. These must include grade 1 in Maths, English and Science. Equivalent qualifications may also be considered.
For the riding option, you must also demonstrate a suitable level of riding. We also have a maximum weight limit of 13 stone.
BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care
Alice works in a yard at weekends to gain more experience in the industry. She is also a member of a local pony club and competes in cross country, show jumping and dressage competitions.
Q: What do you like about Bishop Burton College?
A: All the staff and pupils are really helpful and friendly. I also like it that there is a variety of horses available to ride and handle at the College.
Q: What is the best thing about your course?
A: The best thing about the course is that we get lots of hands-on working with all the horses and get to learn all about them.
Q: What are your hopes for the future?
A: I am going to progress onto the Level 3 course at the College and then hope to have a career as an instructor.