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.
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:
5 Core Behaviour units:
1 Chosen Occupational Route unit:
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.
College requirements are steel toe-cap boots, correct standard riding hat, gloves, schooling and jumping whip, and a body protector.
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.
Derby College student Emma Whay has ridden since childhood but never imagined she’d be starting a foundation degree in equine studies in her thirties.
Although always passionate about horses, Emma, now 34, trained as a hairdresser immediately after leaving school at 15 and hadn’t planned on an academic career.
Years later though, she started to see learning through her two children’s eyes, and, as they got older, felt she’d missed a chunk of her education by leaving school so young.
And the opportunity to put that right came when she started going to watch her elder son compete in equestrian events at Broomfield Hall.
She said: “It was through going to Broomfield with him that I saw how lovely the equine facilities were and how well run everything was. So, I decided to contact Derby College about equine courses but was concerned that not being able to commit to five days a week on site, and not having had an academic education, might limit my options. I needn’t have worried though. The staff were so supportive and some of my studying can be flexible.”
Because of her life experience and lifelong knowledge of horses, it was agreed Emma didn’t need to attend campus every day – giving her chance to continue her hairdressing business (when pandemic rules allow) and be there for her two boys, aged seven and 11.
She added: “We’ve been learning remotely because of lockdown but the tutors have still made learning interesting and we still feel supported. College is also supporting me to complete my maths GCSE. When we’re able to do so, we spend as much time as possible at Broomfield, which I love.”
Emma, who is considering a career in tutoring, horse nutrition or equine physio once she’s got her top-up degree, has her own horse, 19-year-old Venus.
Emma added: “I’ve taken Venus into Broomfield a few times, which is brilliant. There are not many courses where you can take your horse to college! Venus is on a livery yard not far from my home and I’m able to gain work experience with the yard owner, who supports my ongoing education.”
It was through going to Broomfield with him that I saw how lovely the equine facilities were and how well run everything was. So, I decided to contact Derby College about equine courses but was concerned that not being able to commit to five days a week on site, and not having had an academic education, might limit my options. I needn’t have worried though. The staff were so supportive and some of my studying can be flexible.