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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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Emily Field

Emily Field

Open day unveils equine career for Emily

Schoolgirl Emily Field had no idea her hobby could turn into a career until she went to a Derby College Open Evening.
Hailing from a family which is "not horsey at all ", Emily now has a string of equine qualifications at the age of just 22.
Emily was unsure what she wanted to do after her GCSEs. But as a keen rider – although she did not have her own horse at the time – the equine courses stood out.
Enthused by the open evening, she decided to pursue the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management, although she admits she was nervous.
She worried that she might be left behind because she was not from a "horsey" background and didn't own her own horse.
Instead, she thrived, and found the environment friendly and helpful.
Emily described the course as "very practical", which suited her style of learning, with most days spent on the yard. It also included more scientific areas such as equine feeding, digestion and sickness.
Emily completed her Diploma in 2013, with Passes and Merits and also took her industry qualifications BHS levels 1 and 2.
Overall, she said she "pretty much learned everything I needed to know" to put into practice as a groom when she left college.
Emily has now worked at two horse yards and is enjoying her latest job at a stud yard in Nottinghamshire. She has also gained her BHS levels 3 and 4 as well as a teaching qualification.

The Diploma was just so helpful. When I was leaving school I didn't even know you could get involved with horses as a full-time career and a proper job. It gave me a base to move upwards, I don't think I'd be able to be where I am now without it. I've been at the stud yard since September and it's entirely different to anything I've before, but I really enjoy it. I think my boss is happy with what I'm doing and I'm happy here.

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