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Level: 2

Location: Workplace

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Level 2 apprentices will be entering a vocational industry, where they are expected to handle a variety of horses in different working environments. They must follow safe working practices and have the dedication, commitment and motivation to improve their knowledge, skills and behaviours to become a professional Equine Groom.

The Equine Groom apprentice will need to decide which sector of the industry they wish to join and select the appropriate occupational route. 


Entry requirements

  • Some experience volunteering or working with horses  
  • Good work ethic  
  • Be in employment and committed to a career in the equine industry 
  • Three GCSEs at grade D/3 or above  

Course Content

Learning will take place in a variety of ways, which could include workplace training, formal courses, work shadowing, industrial visits, research, self-study, attendance at College for classroom/workshop activities and time spent completing assignments set by the assessor. 

The qualification consists of: 

7 Core Knowledge and Skills units:

  • Safe Working Practices  
  • Yard and Field Routines and Duties  
  • Horse Anatomy, Physiology and Welfare  
  • Horse Handling, Care and Appearance 
  • Saddlery and Equipment  
  • Travelling Horses  
  • Non-Ridden Exercise  


5 Core Behaviour units:

  • Safe Working 
  • Work Ethic 
  • Responsibility 
  • Team Work  
  • Communication  


1 Chosen Occupational Route unit:

  • Riding  
  • Non-Riding  

How will I be assessed?

The apprentice will undertake their end-point assessment when the employer, training provider and apprentice all consider that they are ready to do so.  This stage of the apprenticeship is known as the Gateway and will not be reached until the apprentice has completed at least 12 months on the programme.   

The end-point assessment will be carried out by an independent assessor and will be made up of a multiple choice knowledge test (minimum pass grade 70% in order to proceed), practical observation (five hours) and professional discussion informed by a completed portfolio.  


Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

College requirements are steel toe-cap boots, correct standard riding hat, gloves, schooling and jumping whip, and a body protector.


What can I do after this course?

Further study
You can progress to the next level apprenticeship or to further industry qualifications. 

You can advance your career in full-time employment in an equine yard.


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Emily Field

Emily Field

Open day unveils equine career for Emily

Schoolgirl Emily Field had no idea her hobby could turn into a career until she went to a Derby College Open Evening. Hailing from a family which is "not horsey at all ", Emily now has a string of equine qualifications at the age of just 22. Emily was unsure what she wanted to do after her GCSEs. But as a keen rider – although she did not have her own horse at the time – the equine courses stood out.
Enthused by the open evening, she decided to pursue the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management, although she admits she was nervous. She worried that she might be left behind because she was not from a "horsey" background and didn't own her own horse. Instead, she thrived, and found the environment friendly and helpful. Emily described the course as "very practical", which suited her style of learning, with most days spent on the yard.
It also included more scientific areas such as equine feeding, digestion and sickness. Emily completed her Diploma in 2013, with Passes and Merits and also took her industry qualifications BHS levels 1 and 2. Overall, she said she "pretty much learned everything I needed to know" to put into practice as a groom when she left college. Emily has now worked at two horse yards and is enjoying her latest job at a stud yard in Nottinghamshire. She has also gained her BHS levels 3 and 4 as well as a teaching qualification.

The Diploma was just so helpful. When I was leaving school I didn't even know you could get involved with horses as a full-time career and a proper job. It gave me a base to move upwards, I don't think I'd be able to be where I am now without it. I've been at the stud yard since September and it's entirely different to anything I've before, but I really enjoy it. I think my boss is happy with what I'm doing and I'm happy here.


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