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Equine Pre-Apprenticeship Course

This programme is aimed at students who are looking at progressing to an apprenticeship programme and who would like to gain knowledge and practical skills in preparation for the workplace.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Animal Care
School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: Broomfield Hall
Full Time or Part Time: PT
Level: 2
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: Y
Weeks: 12
Hours: 18.00
Start: Flexible
Broomfield Hall

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Course Information for Students

This programme is aimed at students who are looking at progressing to an apprenticeship programme and who would like to gain knowledge and practical skills in preparation for the workplace. 

The course is delivered over 12 weeks and focuses on gaining the BHS Challenge Award certificates covering a wide variety of topics within horse care. The programme will include one day per week attending a classroom/practical workshop at Derby College Equestrian Centre, and at least two days per week out on work placement gaining experience in the industry. In order to support their main programme of study, students will also develop employability skills. 

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

Please note: to undertake the optional riding module, you must be competent in walk, trot and canter.

The mandatory modules are split into four Challenge Awards covering a variety of horse care topics:

  • Handling your Horse: Health and Safety, Handling and Leading
  • Caring for your Horse: Stable and Field Care, Saddlery and Equipment, Grooming
  • Knowing your Horse: Behaviour, Identification, Anatomy, Health, Feeding, Fitness
  • Lunging your Horse
  • Optional Riding module

You will also undertake mandatory work experience days within your chosen work placements. 

Maths, English and employability skills will be embedded throughout the course. 

The course is delivered over 12 weeks. You will attend one day per week on site at Broomfield Hall Equestrian Centre and have a minimum of two days per week at your chosen work placement. This could be at one or two different work placement settings.

College requirements are steel toe-cap boots, correct standard riding hat and gloves. You also need stationery including folders, paper and pens. 

In-class assessments will be ongoing throughout the course as various tasks are covered. Work experience will be evidenced through diary sheets and employer witness statements.  No final exam is necessary. 

You could progress to the Level 2 Equine Groom Apprenticeship or further industry qualifications. 

Derby College Group offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Equine – please see the Derby College Equestrian website

We also offer courses covering a wide range of other land-based topics – please see the Derby College Group Part-time Prospectus or the Derby College Group website for a full list and details. 

For more information, contact Derby College Group on 0800 0280289 or

Course Information for Employers

If you are an employer and would like to know more about the apprenticeships and professional training we deliver or how you can get involved in co-creating and co-delivering the curriculum, please contact us via email on, call us on 01332 387 421 or visit our employer pages here.

Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Smiths and Forge Workers


Smiths and Forge Workers

Veterinary Nurses


Veterinary Nurses

Animal Care Services Occupations


Animal Care Services Occupations

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Course Information Last Updated On: March 20, 2023 10:05 am