Farriery Access Level 2
This is a preparatory course in blacksmithing and forgework to give you the required level of skill for entry into the specialist and competitive Apprenticeship in Farriery.
To practise as a farrier you need to be registered with the Farriers Registration Council (FRC). To register with the FRC you will need to successfully complete a recognised Apprenticeship in Farriery and The Worshipful Company of Farriers Diploma. One of the aims of this course is to provide an entry qualification route so that you can apply for an Apprenticeship in Farriery. Gaining an Apprenticeship in Farriery can be difficult and having basic skills in blacksmithing, welding and equine knowledge can greatly enhance your chances of success.
This course not only offers the expertise of the highly qualified blacksmith tutors but gives you the opportunity to enter competitions throughout the year. To gain farriery experience you will be encouraged to undertake a period of work experience with an experienced farrier, which will help reinforce your awareness of farriery as a possible career.
Level 2 Diploma in Farriery Access
City & Guilds Certificate in Forgework
You will cover a diverse range of topics throughout your course. A selection of unit titles is shown below.
- Blacksmithing - the processes of forging, forming, cutting and joining comprising the foundation of all blacksmithing skills
- Blacksmithing - the production of tools required for the course
- Welding - the application of welding processes
- Health and safety - the relevant statutory requirements for business and employees with specific reference to farriery
- Equine Studies - equine biology, horse handling and behaviour
The units listed are provisional and variations may occur.
Assessment is done throughout the year, with the NPTC practical forging exam taking place at the end of the academic year along with the theory test. All learners are encouraged to participate in working with a qualified farrier.
Maths and English
All students following a full-time programme of study at HLC will study English and maths as part of their studies, please refer to the Study Programmes page of this website.
- 4 GCSEs at grade D (grade 3) or above (to include maths and English) or successful completion of a relevant Level 1 qualification
- Successful interview and initial assessment in literacy and numeracy
- Applicants will be expected to demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment to the chosen subject area
Progression routes are dependent on successful completion of qualifications and meeting entry criteria.
Study options may include:
- Apprenticeship in Farriery
Employment options may include:
- Farriery Apprenticeship
- Blacksmithing and related Metalworking
- Equine-based Employment
Contact: 0800 032 1986
Aged 16 - 18 years: There are no tuition or exam fees | Materials Fees £875
Aged 19 years or over (at the start of the course): Tuition Fee £945 | Materials Fee £875 | Registration/Exam Fee £160
Please Note: Costs are subject to change, please call Enquiries on 0800 032 1986 to check.