This programme 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.
- Feeding and watering horses
- Routine stable duties
- Riding on the flat and over fences
- Principles of horse biology
- Horse grooming, trimming and plaiting
- Lunging horses
- Horse tack and clothing
- Work experience and employability skills
- English and Maths, as required.
One year full-time, normally in College three days a week.
Students can progress to study at Level 3 or go into employment.
Students are assessed through coursework, written and practical assessments.
Students work one weekend day per month alonside the equine commercial team on the College yard on rota, plus two hours per week on timetable. There is also a 10-day placement of the student's choice during year one.
Work in commercial stable yards, for professional equestrian teams, in equine therapy, equine events and shows centres, at riding schools and many more.
Application is through our online application form, by calling 0800 731 82 81 or by the Common Application Process (CAP).
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.
Four GCSEs at grade D or 3 or equivalent, preferably including English and Maths. Equivalent qualifications may also be considered. If the individual wants to do the riding units they will be asked to submit a video of their riding ability.
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.