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Level: 2

Location: Workplace

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

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. 


Entry requirements

  • Some experience volunteering or working with horses  
  • Good work ethic  
  • Be in employment and committed to a career in the equine industry 
  • Three GCSEs at grade D/3 or above  

Course Content

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:

  • Safe Working Practices  
  • Yard and Field Routines and Duties  
  • Horse Anatomy, Physiology and Welfare  
  • Horse Handling, Care and Appearance 
  • Saddlery and Equipment  
  • Travelling Horses  
  • Non-Ridden Exercise  


5 Core Behaviour units:

  • Safe Working 
  • Work Ethic 
  • Responsibility 
  • Team Work  
  • Communication  


1 Chosen Occupational Route unit:

  • Riding  
  • Non-Riding  

How will I be assessed?

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.  


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. 

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


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Mitch Gent

Mitch Gent

Broomfield Hall knowledge leads to entrepreneurial business

Knowledge gained whilst studying at Derby College Group’s Broomfield Hall is “100%” helping retailer Mitch Gent to grow his Nottinghamshire-based equine products business.
Mitch, who is 23 and from Pinxton, started the company, Manor Equestrian, with two friends while studying for his Level 3 qualification in Equine Management at Broomfield Hall.
A rider since his early teens, he enrolled on the Level 2 Horse Care course straight from school, then progressed to Level 3.
While still at college, Mitch started selling equine products on a local market stall.  With his business partners, he then went on to establish Manor Equestrian. Trading online and from an outlet near Eastwood, the business sells everything from tack and grooming products to riding hats and competition wear. It also has trade stands at county shows around the country and at big international equestrian events such as Burghley Horse Trials.
Mitch said he loved studying at Broomfield Hall college, where he got the chance to ride every day and received coaching from top professional riders. One of the highlights of his Level 3 course was a jumps clinic run by international show jumping coach Denis Flannelly.

The knowledge I gained while on my courses at  Broomfield Hall, has helped me, 100%. I’m often asked for horse care advice by customers and I’m able to help them, thanks to what I learned at Derby College. We find that people really value good advice.


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