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Level: 3

Location: Workplace

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This Level 3 apprenticeship is for individuals who have a sound base of knowledge and experience and are seeking to develop a more senior and managerial role within the equine industry.

They must follow safe working practices and have the dedication, commitment and motivation to upskill their knowledge, skills and behaviours to become a professional senior equine groom.

The senior equine groom apprentice will need to decide which sector of the industry they wish to progress to and select the appropriate occupational route.

Length of programme

Typically 18 months – 2 years (though it can be completed in a minimum of 12 months to the final Gateway)


Entry requirements

  • Extensive experience of working with horses and being prepared to take on a supervisory role of work 
  • Excellent work ethic and sense of responsibility
  • Level 2 qualification in Horse Care or three GCSEs at grade C/4 or above 
  • BHS Stage 1 or the equivalent


Course Content

The apprentice will follow a training programme to complete the requirements and meet the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed for them to be fully competent:

  • The apprentice works and trains with the employer and training provider
  • The recommended approach to ensuring that progress is tracked throughout the apprenticeship is to use a Senior Equine Groom Skills Passport as a learning record
  • The apprentice will create and maintain a mandatory portfolio in order to provide supporting evidence that will be needed to supplement the knowledge, skills and behaviours observed by the independent assessor at the end-point assessment. The portfolio will be used as evidence for the professional discussion
  • A record of off-the-job training (this is training that must occur for a minimum of 20% of the time the apprentice is paid to work and is training delivered outside of their normal working duties) to develop a wider understanding of the industry


How will I be assessed?

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
  • Nutrition and Fitness
  • 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



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 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.  This stage of the apprenticeship will not be reached until the apprentice has completed at least 12-18 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 (5 hours), and a Professional Discussion informed by a completed portfolio.

End-point Assessment Gradings

This qualification is graded Fail, Pass or Distinction.


Functional Skills

Before taking the end-point assessment, apprentices must have achieved the test for Level 2 English and Maths (equivalent to GCSE grades A* to C/9-4)


Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need adequate and appropriate PPE.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

  • Employment or higher studies


  • Senior Equine Groom

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Georgia Brereton

Georgia Brereton

Broomfield Equine HE programme Leads To Dressage Coaching Career

Dressage coach and trainer Georgia Brereton knew she was always going to work with horses one day.
Now 23, she has been riding since the age of four and after leaving school, she enrolled at Derby College to train for a career in the equine industry.
After completing a level 3 diploma in Equine Management in 2015, Georgia progressed onto the degree programme in Equine Science, Management and Training at Broomfield Hall.
As well as gaining these qualifications, Georgia also learned about dressage which has been invaluable with her career choice.
Georgia is now a UKCC Accredited British Dressage Coach. She holds British Equestrian Federation coaching qualifications to level 2, and she will be starting her level 3 course next year.
As part of her job, she travels to stables around Derbyshire, teaching dressage to riders aged between 15 and 50 as well as riding horses for her clients.
Georgia said: "I would definitely recommend Broomfield. The facilities are brilliant and the lecturers are great.  They are so supportive with everything, not just the course content."
“One of the best things about the equine courses is the variety and the flexibility to learn within each module. I enjoyed all the modules but especially liked anatomy and physiology which were fascinating.”
Working with horses means Georgia’s day begins at 6.30am and doesn’t finish until early evening, but, she says, it’s worth it.
She added; “I get to ride so many different horses as well as my own lovely seven-year-old pony, Heaven. We started competing together in dressage events in the summer and he’s doing really well.”

I would definitely recommend Broomfield. The facilities are brilliant and the lecturers are great.  They are so supportive with everything, not just the course content.


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