The Course

As an apprentice, you will work alongside experienced staff, gain job-specific skills, knowledge and behaviours within the equine industry. You will earn a wage and be released to study during your working week.

From our Bishop Burton campus, you will work with a variety of horses committing to their care and welfare. This will involve feeding, grooming, handling, preparing and exercising horses as well as carrying out routine yard duties. You must be prepared to work in all weather conditions and may have to work irregular hours. This is a practical hands-on role requiring a strong work ethic, diligence and commitment.

  • What You Study

    • Health and safety, bio-security, data protection
    • Routine yard and field duties
    • Routine health care
    • Medical and specialist treatments
    • Health records - passports, vaccination, worming, farriery and dentistry
    • Equine terminology, physiology and anatomy
    • Grooming, trimming, clipping and plaiting
    • Discipline specific saddlery and equipment
    • Principles and legal requirements relating to travelling horses
    • Variety of non-ridden and ridden exercises.
  • Entry Requirements

    Appropriate employment in the equine industry.

    It is preferable candidates have a minimum GCSE grade D/3 in English and maths.

  • Progression

    You may progress to a higher-level apprenticeship or course at the college. You may be offered a higher-level role e.g. assistant head groom. 

  • Careers

    Typical careers include Groom, competition groom, hunt groom, assistant yard manager, veterinary assistant.

  • How To Apply

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

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