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Level: 3

Location: Workplace

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This Level 3 apprenticeship is for individuals who have a sound base of knowledge and experience and are seeking to develop a more senior and managerial role within the equine industry.

They must follow safe working practices and have the dedication, commitment and motivation to upskill their knowledge, skills and behaviours to become a professional senior equine groom.

The senior equine groom apprentice will need to decide which sector of the industry they wish to progress to and select the appropriate occupational route.

Length of programme

Typically 18 months – 2 years (though it can be completed in a minimum of 12 months to the final Gateway)


Entry requirements

  • Extensive experience of working with horses and being prepared to take on a supervisory role of work 
  • Excellent work ethic and sense of responsibility
  • Level 2 qualification in Horse Care or three GCSEs at grade C/4 or above 
  • BHS Stage 1 or the equivalent


Course Content

The apprentice will follow a training programme to complete the requirements and meet the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed for them to be fully competent:

  • The apprentice works and trains with the employer and training provider
  • The recommended approach to ensuring that progress is tracked throughout the apprenticeship is to use a Senior Equine Groom Skills Passport as a learning record
  • The apprentice will create and maintain a mandatory portfolio in order to provide supporting evidence that will be needed to supplement the knowledge, skills and behaviours observed by the independent assessor at the end-point assessment. The portfolio will be used as evidence for the professional discussion
  • A record of off-the-job training (this is training that must occur for a minimum of 20% of the time the apprentice is paid to work and is training delivered outside of their normal working duties) to develop a wider understanding of the industry


How will I be assessed?

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
  • Nutrition and Fitness
  • 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



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 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.  This stage of the apprenticeship will not be reached until the apprentice has completed at least 12-18 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 (5 hours), and a Professional Discussion informed by a completed portfolio.

End-point Assessment Gradings

This qualification is graded Fail, Pass or Distinction.


Functional Skills

Before taking the end-point assessment, apprentices must have achieved the test for Level 2 English and Maths (equivalent to GCSE grades A* to C/9-4)


Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need adequate and appropriate PPE.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

  • Employment or higher studies


  • Senior Equine Groom

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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 was 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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