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Level: 2

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This course provides in-depth knowledge, skills and work experience to help you gain employment within the equine industry or to progress to the next level in your career.


You will be taught mainly in a practical environment, with some theoretical elements relating to the industry of riding and caring for horses.  If you are an outside person and find learning practically the best way for you, this will be an ideal course.

Entry requirements

You will need two D grades at GCSE or the equivalent, with some experience with horses.

We would like you to have some experience with horses so that you start with some basic skills. For riding, you should be able to walk, trot, canter and jump a small fence. Alternatively, the course has a non-riding option.

We have a strict 13st weight limit for riding to ensure the welfare of our horses.

There is an interview process to discuss your individual requirements to ensure the most suitable course is offered. You need to be an enthusiastic, self-motivated learner, willing to challenge yourself to get the most out of this course and develop your skills. You will be responsible for handing any work in on time and attending all timetabled sessions.

Course Content

Mandatory Units:

  • Stable Duties - this is very practical based and will allow you to develop skills on the yard and understand the importance of a day-to-day routine in the equine industry.
  • Feeding and Watering - understanding the basic nutritional requirements of a horse and different types of feeds they may need.
  • Lunging horses - this unit will allow you to develop skills for different ways of exercising horses and understanding a range of tack and equipment used for efficiency.
  • Health and Safety - this unit will discuss the importance of health and safety throughout a yard.
  • Work Experience - we offer a wide range of work experience placements where you will have the opportunity to develop skills working at a current equine yard.
  • Tack and Equipment - another practical unit which will allow you to develop skills when dealing with different types of tack and equipment. You will be able to do fit and safety checks on equipment and understand the issues regarding the welfare of the horse with unsuitable equipment.
  • Health and Welfare - this module will give you an insight to health and welfare in the equine industry. The unit discusses current issues, keeping it relevant and up to date.
  • Horse Handling and Grooming - again, another very practical unit enabling you to groom effectively and efficiently, understanding different types of restraints and how to handle horses safely at all times.

You will be required to complete Maths and/or English if these are not completed at the time of enrolment.

Optional Units:

  • Horse Behaviour - this will discuss all areas of horse behaviour in their natural environment and the impact of management methods.
  • Anatomy and Physiology - this unit explores the way a horse is put together, discussing the body systems and structures.
  • Exercising Horses - this unit will look into riding horses over fences and on the flat. There is a variety of different horses to ride depending on your ability.




How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via a range of methods. This will include exams, building a practical portfolio, being able to evidence your practical skills, written assessments, presentations and practical assessments. You may also be required to demonstrate and to be involved in discussions on a group or one-to-one basis.

Maths and English will be assessed through a controlled assessment or final exam.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

There will be some additional costs as you will require some essential health and safety equipment. You will need:

  • Stationery for theory sessions and portfolio building
  • Steel toe-cap boots - mandatory on the yard
  • Jodhpurs - required on the yard
  • Riding gloves
  • Riding hat that is up to safety standards (further details of this will be given during interview/enrolment. This is also mandatary for the yard.)

If riding:

  • Riding boots - long or short with gaiters/chaps
  • Body protector

What can I do after this course?

You will be able to enter the industry by working on a yard, within a stud, in a business such as a store, feed merchant or tack shop, or in another setting allied to the equine industry such as a welfare organisation or membership body. As you will have gained a breadth and depth of skills and knowledge over a very wide range of units, you could progress within work to become a:

  • Retail saddlery trainee
  • Groom
  • Country store management trainee
  • Event co-ordinator
  • Administrator of equestrian-related businesses
  • Stud trainee
  • Work rider
  • Trainee coach
  • Travelling groom

You may also wish to become self-employed and undertake roles such as freelance grooming or breaking and training young horses.


Additionally, you can progress to further education such as the Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care, with the chance to progress to Level 3.



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Jo Wilkinson

Jo Wilkinson

Career swap Jo finds new niche in equine lecturing

Former hotel manager Jo Wilkinson joined the hospitality sector after school and worked her way up to manager level. But by the age of 20, she realised that she hated the job, so she decided to look for something new.
Since childhood, Jo had enjoyed working with, and being around horses. An internet search found Derby College's Level 3 National Diploma in Horse Management. Still unsure of her future, Jo decided to enrol.
Now, seven years after leaving the hotel, and a string of qualifications later, she is enjoying life as a lecturer...teaching a new generation of students at Broomfield Hall.
She so impressed College staff with her studies and commitment that she has now found a new niche working with students.
Jo was the first Distinction* student on the course. She began working at Broomfield as a weekend "yardie," did further work in the week and then became a supervisor.
She said the Diploma exceeded her expectations, with the college also providing her with BHS industry qualifications. She was encouraged to gain further BHS qualifications, including her Level 3 in Teaching and Education, which enables her to work in the classroom.
Now Jo particularly enjoys practical work with her students with the horses in the yard, as well as researching new areas for the classroom.
The small team means that "everybody knows everybody" and students get all the support they need.

You're not just a number here. And seeing the place develop from when I was a student to how it was now – over seven years –we've got so many more facilities.

It's a nice environment. Students are pushed to achieve more than a minimum qualification. They get proper training and all the staff are highly qualified.

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