Introduction to Farriery - Level 2
This is a preparatory course designed for those interested in pursuing a career as a farrier. You will develop forging, horse care and other skills needed to prepare you for entry into the specialist and competitive Level 3 Apprenticeship in Farriery.
To practise as a farrier in the U.K you will need to become a registered farrier with the Farriers Registration Council (FRC).
To become registered with FRC, you will need to successfully complete a recognised Apprenticeship in Farriery, leading to a technical qualification from the WCF (worshipful Company of Farriers).
The aim of the course is to provide an introduction level of Equine and Farriery knowledge with a main element being the practical forging skills to prepare you for an apprenticeship in farriery. This course offers the expertise of our highly qualified farriery and equine tutors. To gain farriery experience you will be encouraged to organise and undertake a period of work experience with a qualified farrier, which will help reinforce your awareness of farriery as a possible career.
Please note, whilst this programme will provide the grounding for your farriery apprenticeship you will need to have achieved 5 GCSE’s including English, Maths and Science at grade 4 or above in order to be able to progress into the Farriery Apprenticeship programme. This will also be subject to having secured employment with a Training Farrier (ATF) and a successful interview.
You will cover a diverse range of topics throughout your course. A selection of unit titles is shown below.
- Students will learn the professional responsibilities of the farriery trade and the role of the modern farrier within the equine industry. They will learn and practice essential forging skills in readiness to start a farriery apprenticeship.
- Horse anatomy and physiology, equine health, horse behaviour, grooming, trimming and plaiting, horse tack and clothing, feeding and watering horses, introduction to lunging, horse handling, work-related experience with a qualified farrier and riding horses. This list is not exhaustive.
- English and Maths skills will be developed throughout your course, which will help to improve your chance of securing a farriery apprenticeship.
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.
- Four GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above (to include maths and English) or successful completion of a relevant Level 2 qualification at a Distinction grade.
- Successful interview and initial assessment in literacy and numeracy
- Applicants will be expected to demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment to the subject area
For all those wishing to progress to Farriery Apprenticeship please note: All farriery apprentices will also need to meet the registration requirements of the Farriery Registration Council (FRC) before you start your Farriery Apprenticeship Standard. These are currently, 5 passes at GCSE; to include English, Mathematics, one Science subject, plus two other subjects; minimum grades are 'C'. Equivalent qualifications and grades from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales shall be acceptable.
Progression routes are aimed at progression onto a farriery apprenticeship. This will dependent on successful completion of qualifications and meeting entry criteria.
Study options may include:
- Apprenticeship in Farriery
- L3 Advanced technical certificate in Horse Management
Employment options may include:
- Farriery Apprenticeship
- Blacksmithing (and related metalworking)
- Equine-based employment
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Aged 16 - 18 years: There are no tuition or exam fees
Aged 19 years or over (at the start of the course): Tuition Fee £995 | Registration/Exam Fee £165
Additional Course Costs: £595
Personal Equipment: You will also be expected to buy your own equipment costing approximately £170
Please Note: Costs are subject to change, please call Enquiries on 0800 032 1986 to check.
See Also: Fees Guidance - Full Time and Fee Reductions for Adults
We offer a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Farriery, as a progression from the Level 2 Farriery Access course provided all the entry requirements have been met.
As an employed apprentice you will gain practical skills along with relevant knowledge and understanding including:
- Health & safety
- Tool making
- Handling horses
- Horse foot care planning
- Trimming hooves
- Making horseshoes
- Fitting horseshoes
- Welding & fabrication
Duration and Attendance
You will attend college on a block-release attendance pattern, during which time assessment of your progress will be undertaken while you gain knowledge and understanding. You will spend most of your time in the workplace employed as an apprentice. Typical duration of the programme is four years.
Telephone: 0800 032 1986