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Work Based Diploma in Horse Care and Management

Level 2

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Key Info

Learning Area   Equine
Delivery Mode   Full-time
Duration   1 Year

Dates & Locations

Course Type   16-19, Adult
Location   Bicton College
Start Date   08/09/2021

If you can’t get enough of horses and have your sights set on a career in the equine industry, then this is the course for you and will be your first step towards a range of roles involved in working with horses.

The first thing you’ll notice about this course is that it’s about practical learning – you’ll be spending a lot of time on our college yard, learning by doing as you work with a range of horses and equipment.

You’ll be studying a range of skills covering riding (optional), lungeing, bandaging, feeding, preparing horses for travel, monitoring health and many more. You’ll be studying and developing all of the essential skills you need to work with a range of horses and continue your professional development.

Throughout the year we run trips to yards and events, as well as inviting industry professionals into the college to offer careers advice and practical demonstrations. Combined with your work experience this gives plenty of opportunities to explore the different career pathways that this course offers.

Our top class facilities include stabling for 24 horses, horse walker, solarium, covered practical area, 20m x 60m indoor arena with viewing gallery and 30m x 60m outdoor arena. We provide a range of horses to suit all abilities including cobs, thoroughbreds, young horses and competition horses.

As a Level 2 course, this diploma is all about developing your key equine skills to the highest standard to work well as part of a team. You’ll be learning from experienced professional instructors and lecturers, who are there to give you the very best start to your career. All the staff are BHS trained and hold various BHS qualifications up to Stage 5, including a BHS assessor, BD Judge.

Students ride 3 to 4 times a week with a mixture of hacking, schooling and jumping which equates to up to £3000 of riding sessions throughout the year.

  What You Will Learn

This one-year course will develop your practical skills and under pinning knowledge. You will learn how to work at industry speed and standards, as well as using equine specific terminology to develop a professional manner.

By working with a variety of horses on the college yard you will learn to handle all horses with confidence and empathy. Weekend duty days, BHS exams and internal student competitions provide experience of working under pressure and an opportunity to show case your skills to external professionals.

Should you need to gain higher grades (grade 4) for your maths and/or English you will study them alongside your equine course.

  Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grade 3 or above to include grade 4 or above in English or maths, as well as an appropriate level of riding ability. Prior to starting this course it is essential that you have some experience with horses such as leading, mucking out, grooming and tacking up. This could be from caring for your own horses or volunteering at the local riding centre. A riding assessment on a college horse or videos of you riding at home will be required for the riding pathway.

  Work Experience

Work experience will be required, you will undertake 1 week in a placement within the industry.

The placement will need to be within the Equine industry.

Support and guidance will be given to find a suitable placement.

Every third weekend, students will be working on the college yard to gain additional industry experience.


You will be assessed continually throughout the year. Each topic requires you to complete a practical assessment and provide written evidence of your knowledge and understanding. Written evidence will be an assignment or an in class test, so no exams! Practical assessments are completed on an individual basis when you are ready. Some assessments will take place while you are completing duties on the college yard and others will be set within your practical sessions.


Once you’ve finished the Level 2 course, you’ll have a real understanding of working with horses and be ready to move on to the more advanced Level 3 course, you will need to have achieved a grade four in English and Maths GCSE or an equivalent level 2 qualification. We also offer apprenticeships across the equine industry, so if you want to earn while you learn, then you can consider that option.


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