Horse Care - Level 2
A practical and specialist course for ambitious students who are passionate about horses and wish to follow a career within the equine industry.
An excellent opportunity for you to develop a sound knowledge and understanding of horse care and riding through both practical and theory-based sessions. The course includes valuable work experience which will enable you to develop reliable practical skills in the equine industry and on the College equine yard. All full-time students participate in yard duties throughout the year alongside their main programme of study. A rota is put in place and will include some weekends.
Previous students have taken part in many different visits, including to the Horse of the Year Show and Badminton Horse Trials, as well as to various yards, including racing, polo, dressage and natural horsemanship. There are opportunities to gain additional qualifications such as Emergency First Aid at Work, training for BHS Stage exams and the BHS Riding and Road Safety. You will also get the chance to compete on college horses and take part in various events.
Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care (16−19 only)
You will cover a diverse range of topics throughout your course. A selection of unit titles is shown below.
- Principles of Feeding & Watering
- Undertake Routine Stable Duties
- Horse Behaviour & Welfare
- Riding on the Flat
- Maintain Animal Health & Welfare
- Introduction to Keeping a Horseat Grass
Assessment is continuous, with assignments, projects and practical work. This course includes 150 hours of work experience through the duration of the course. All full-time students are required to study maths and English at the appropriate level.
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 3 (grade D) or above (to include maths and English) or successful completion of a suitable and relevant Level 1 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 chosen subject area
Progression routes are dependent on successful completion of qualifications and meeting entry criteria.
What can I study next?
Study options may include:
What jobs can I do?
Employment options may include:
- Groom in the racing industry
- Working in animal welfare organisations
- Groom in equine yards
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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: £185
Personal Equipment: You may also be expected to buy your own equipment costing approximately £185 (hat, boots, jodhpurs and gloves).
Please Note: Costs are subject to change, please call Enquiries on 0800 032 1986 to check.
Telephone: 0800 032 1986