Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Cannington Centre

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for anyone who wishes to study horse care in the work place rather than attending a full-time College course. The programme will be based in one of our approved training centres, learning in an industry based commercial environment. 

This course will run at one of our approved training centres across the South West and dates will vary.

What does the course involve?

Learners will study a range of topics that will enable them to work effectively and safely with horses.

The topics studied will include maintaining horse health, stable management, grassland management, nutrition, health and safety, transportation and developing effective working relationships. Some students may also be given the opportunity to complete ridden units. The programme will be based in one of our approved training centres so learners will be learning in an industry based commercial environment.

What makes this course special?

This is a practical horse-based course which will allow work experience in the equine industry whilst training.

There are no exams at the end of the programme, all assessment is either course work or practically based. The programme allows learners to work at their own pace within a commercial environment. It is a practical course and so learners can see the relevance of the topics within their own workplace.

Entry Requirements

The Level 1 Work Based Diploma in Horse Care or BHS Stage 1 certificate. Entry is also subject to a successful interview at a Bridgwater College approved training centre.

Candidates will need to be able to demonstrate knowledge of why they want to work with horses and the enthusiasm to achieve within the industry.

What are the assessment methods?

Completion of coursework and practical assessments whilst working on the yard.

How long is the course?

The course is one year in length.

Are there any additional costs for the course?

Suitable clothing and PPE for working on a yard e.g. riding hat, gloves, boots, jodhpurs.

What are the progression options?

Students who successfully attained Level 2 can enter the industry or progress on to the Level 3 programme.

Alternatively learners could apply to progress on to a full-time horse management programme at Bridgwater College.

Awarding Body

City and Guilds

Further Information