Skip to main content

Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care

This course provides knowledge, skills and work experience to help you gain employment within the equine industry or to progress to the next level in your career.

Apply Now

Course Summary

Subject Area: Equine
School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: Broomfield Hall
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 2
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: Y
Broomfield Hall

Apply now at: https://www.derby-college.ac.uk/course/level-2-diploma-in-horse-care
QR Code

Course Information for Students

This course provides 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 in both a practical and theoretical environment relating to the industry of riding and caring for horses. This course is ideal for someone looking to improve upon their basic equine skills and knowledge and to open up employment opportunities within the equine sector. There are both riding and non-riding pathways. 

You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in the equine industry. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your:

  • Experience/work experience in the industry
  • Career progression
  • References
  • Attainment of any equine-related qualifications
  • Achievement of a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 3 in English and Science
  • Level 1 progression

For the riding pathway, the minimum riding requirement is being able to walk, trot and canter confidently and in balance. Riders will be assessed at the start of the course and those not achieving this standard will be offered the non-riding option. To ensure the welfare of our horses, we operate a personal weight restriction of no more than 13 stone and applicants must provide their own PPE to current safety standards.

The course will cover a selection of the following modules:

  • Routine Stable Duties
  • Feeding and Watering
  • Horse Handling
  • Tack and Equipment
  • Health and Welfare
  • Biology
  • Behaviour
  • Horse Presentation
  • Riding Horses
  • Work Experience Module
  • Mandatory Yard Duties
  • Riding and Non-riding Routes

You will be taught in both a practical and theoretical environment relating to the industry of caring for horses. All equine lessons are based at our equine centre at Broomfield Hall. We have a wide range of horses and facilities so that you can develop the skills and understanding required. 

You will be required to supply your own:

  • Correctly fitted and up to current safety standard riding hat
  • Correctly fitted and up to current safety standard riding footwear
  • Correctly fitted and up to current safety standard body protector
  • Derby College Group uniform
  • Entrance fees to various establishments
  • Writing materials

You will have the option to take part in additional qualifications with Derby College Group at your own expense such as trips, training, first aid, safeguarding and online courses.

Long hair is to be tied back and no nail varnish, jewellery, false eyelashes or false nails should be worn.

There is a City & Guilds portfolio of written assignments, practical assessments and short tests. 

You will be able to enter the industry by working on a yard, within a stud, or perhaps in a business such as a store or feed merchant, tack shop or another organisation allied to the equine industry. As you will have gained industry-level skills and depth of knowledge over a wide range of units, you could progress within work to become a:

  • Discipline specific groom
  • Apprentice
  • Work rider
  • Travelling groom

You may also wish to become self-employed and undertake roles such as freelance grooming or riding. 

With many transferable skills embedded throughout the course, it is possible for you to switch vocation easily.

Additionally, you can progress within further education to either a higher Level 2 Diploma or a Level 3 Technical Qualification.

Derby College Group offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening Equine courses – please see the Derby College Group Equestrian website at www.derby-college.co.uk/equestrian-centre

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

For more information contact Derby College Group on 0800 0280289 or enquiries@derby-college.ac.uk

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 businessenquiries@derby-college.ac.uk, call us on 01332 387 421 or visit our employer pages here.

Career Information

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

Animal Care Services Occupations n.e.c.

£18433

Animal Care Services Occupations n.e.c.

More Careers Information at: https://www.derby-college.ac.uk/career-pathways
QR Code

DCG Success Stories

Discover how our students have achieved success. Their hard work and dedication to learning has enabled them to succeed in rewarding careers or progress onto higher education.

role model

We encourage progress and aspirational outcomes by guiding people onto learning pathways that lead to positive destinations. Our students have gone on to achieve great things since leaving the College. We would like to share some of their inspiring success stories with you.

View Role Models

online application form

Get Started...

Use our online application form to apply for this course.

Apply Now

Course Information Last Updated On: May 10, 2022 3:49 pm