The Course

This course is now closed for September 2022 applications. However, we are still taking applications for this course at Bishop Burton College. Click here to apply. 

This is a practical programme with an emphasis on working with horses to allow you to gain the skills required to work in the equine industry. As part of the course, you will also develop your basic knowledge and understanding of horse care and what it entails.

  • What You Study

    • Maintaining health and safety in the workplace
    • Principles of maintaining good working relations with others
    • Principles of feeding and watering horses 
    • How to groom and wash horses
    • Principles of and assisting with cleaning the stables and yard
    • Principles of and assisting with putting on and taking off tack and rugs
    • Principles of and assisting with cleaning tack and horse clothing
    • Principles of and assisting with leading and controlling a horse for inspection under direction
    • Principles of and assisting with catching and moving horses
    • Principles of and riding under supervision in enclosed spaces
    • English and Maths, as required

    Please note, the units studied may vary depending on the options chosen. Riding and non-riding options are available.

  • Entry Requirements

    No formal qualifications are required. 

    Regular practical equine experience is essential. For the riding option, you must also demonstrate a suitable level of riding. We also have a maximum weight limit of 13 stone. 

  • Duration

    One year full-time, normally in college three days a week.

  • How You’re Assessed

    Assessment includes a variety of techniques, including class tests, portfolio-based 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. 

  • Progression

    Students can progress to the Level 2 Diploma at the college.

  • Careers

    The course provides you with opportunities to seek a junior position in industry, including grooms and yard workers. More senior positions can then be pursued.

  • Equipment Required

    For your course, you will need:

    • Folder with dividers to organise your work and assignments
    • Stationery including notepad for use in class, pens and pencils
    • Riding hat and hairnets. Hats must be at current British Standards with logo (PASO15, VG1, ASTM F1163 or SNELL 2001) Hats solely with BSEN 1384 will not be accepted
    • Dark coloured jodhpurs
    • Dark coloured gloves
    • Dark coloured waterproof coat / gilet
    • College-branded polo shirts and sweatshirts
    • Yard boots or wellington boots (NB: Boots are not permitted within the classroom, so a change of footwear is required)


    If you are planning to take riding on the flat as unit options, you will also need the following:

    • Dark coloured riding gloves
    • Long riding boots or short boots with gaiters (leather)
    • Schooling whip
  • How To Apply

    Application is via our online application form or by the Common Application Process (CAP).

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