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Level: 2

Location: Workplace

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

An apprenticeship is made up of a 'framework' which incorporates a work-based Diploma together with a Technical Certificate, Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR), Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) and Functional Skills in Maths and English (unless you have achieved GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above in the past five years).

The Technical Certificate is the British Horse Society Stage 1 and 2 Care. Derby College will pay for one entry per exam for the Care element only.

Entry requirements

You must be in employment and committed to a career in the equine industry. You will undergo an initial assessment before starting the programme to ensure that you are capable of achieving the outcomes and have an interest in this area of work.

Course Content

You must complete seven mandatory units, an additional five units and a further three riding or five optional units depending on the career path you choose.

Your mandatory units are:

  • Clean and maintain stables
  • Provide feed and water to horses
  • Carry out routine care and monitor the health and well-being of horses
  • Restrain horses using specified methods
  • Monitor and maintain health and safety
  • Maintain and develop personal performance
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others

Five additional units are:

  • Fit and remove clothing
  • Fit and remove tack
  • Grooming for appearance
  • Lunging
  • Load and unload horses

Riding pathway units are:

  • Ride on the flat
  • Ride over fences
  • Ride on the road or in the open

Career pathway units: you are able to choose a further five units from an additional 30 optional units.

The Learner Guide and Logbooks provide a full overview of the syllabus:
City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Horse Care (QCF).

How will I be assessed?

Training is largely work-based with on-going practical assessments undertaken in your workplace. You will keep a portfolio of evidence of your practical ability and theoretical understanding. Assessment is through practical observation in the workplace and at College, written questions, witness statements and photographic or/and video evidence which can be used.

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. 

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

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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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