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Schools 14-16 - Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care (Equine Studies)

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Level: 2

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Delivered over two years, in Years 10 and 11, this course provides a foundation of knowledge, skills and work experience to help you gain employment within the equine industry or to progress to the next level of study.  This course can be completed with riding or non-riding options.

Entry requirements

This Level 2 course will give you practical and theoretical skills to enable you to work with horses or progress to other academic studies.

 

You should have a strong interest in caring for horses. You need a basic level of literacy and numeracy skills and the capability to organise the written information for your portfolio. For ridden elements of the course,  you should be able to walk, trot and canter independent of the rein.  This can be discussed at your interview.

To ensure the welfare of our horses, we operate a personal weight restriction of no more than 13 stone (82.5kg).

Course Content

The course will cover:

  • Undertake work-related experience in the land-based industries
  • 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
  • Introduction to riding horses on the flat
  • Understand the principles of horse biology
  • Introduction to jumping fences

And much more.....

How will I be assessed?

The course is continuously assessed using a range of methods including written tests, projects and practicals.  All coursework will be completed to build a portfolio.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will be required to supply your own:

  • Correctly fitted and up to current safety standards riding gloves*
  • Correctly fitted and up to current safety standards body protector*
  • Correctly fitted and up to current safety standards riding hat*
  • Correctly fitted and up to current safety standards riding footwear
  • Writing materials

* if partaking in the riding optional.

What can I do after this course?

Upon completion of the qualification and depending on the grades achieved, learners may wish to progress to further study, such as:

  • The Level 3 Diploma in Horse Management
  • An Apprenticeship Programme at Level 3

Further study can lead to a variety of careers within the equine industry, including groom, farrier, trainee riding instructor and yard manager.

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Ruth Orrell-Stokes

Ruth Orrell-Stokes

Horse management student Ruth returns to Broomfield as lecturer

Former horse management student Ruth Orrell-Stokes returned as a lecturer to Derby College Broomfield Hall because she knew it was a "nurturing and driven" campus. She said she never walked away from a lesson "without learning something new" and "an amazing" team had supported her.

Ruth found a three month work placement with horses in California between the first and second years of her Level 3 National Diploma in Horse Management. That meant taking some time out, but Ruth and her lecturers found a way to minimise the disruption. Having successfully completed the National Diploma, Ruth went into higher education elsewhere, gaining a range of qualifications including a Higher National Diploma, and a BSC in Equine Performance Management.

She was awarded a Federation of Animal Welfare award for her final year dissertation. While studying, staff spotted that she had a talent for teaching and she went on to gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. After a part-time teaching job and agency work, Ruth applied and returned to Derby College, Broomfield, lecturing on maternity cover.

She has now been appointed to the staff full-time in the post which one of her former lecturers – who has gone into higher education – used to hold.

I love it. The reason I came back is because I knew that when I was a student here, it was a nurturing and driven college that really pushed me.


It was an amazing team that supported me.


While I was here I was always stretched and challenged.


I'd come from a jumping background and it was Jon, my line manager now, who taught me for jumping.


There was never a lesson I walked away from that I hadn't learnt something new, from really delicate techniques to things which were out of the box. That was true across the board.


Despite having a lot of previous experience the level 3 course was really challenging but it opened up my eyes to opportunities in the industry.

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