The Course

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.

  • What You Study

    • 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 
    • 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

    Four GCSEs at grade 3 or above. You must have grade 2 or 3 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.

  • Duration

    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.

  • How You’re Assessed

    Work will be assessed using a variety of written assignments, practical assessments and formally externally marked exams.

    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.

  • Progression

    Students can progress on to the Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate in Equine Management or an apprenticeship programme.

  • Careers

    Work in commercial stable yards, for professional equestrian teams, in equine therapy, equine events and shows centres, at riding schools and many more.

  • Equipment Required

    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. 

  • How To Apply

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

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