Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Cannington Centre

Who is the course for?

This course is for learners who wish to work within the horse care industry. The programme is designed to give learners the basic knowledge of horse care whilst developing and practising skills that could be used within employment in the equine sector.  

What does the course involve?

This programme combines practical activity with classroom sessions. You will study a range of topics including:

  • Horse health & welfare
  • Work-related experience
  • Horse tack & clothing
  • Care of the competition horse
  • Riding horses on the flat
  • Horse Behaviour
  • Undertake routine stable duties/Feeding & watering horses/Handling horses

What makes this course special?

This course combines the practical elements of horse care with theory, providing students with a good all round basic grounding in equine care. You will work effectively within a team while increasing your skills with in the equine industry. You will be part of a yard rota which forms part of the work experience unit and gives you the experience of working responsibly on a professional yard.

You will go on a range of exciting trips including a visit to Dartmoor Zoo to watch a full horse dissection and Badminton Horse Trials. You can also join the Cannington Equestrian Centre Riding Club and sign up to come with us to the Horse of The Year Show. You will also have a range of guest speakers throughout the year to enhance your awareness and understanding of the industry.

Placements/Work Placements

A 150-hour work placement is a compulsory part of the programme, which provides you with first- hand experience of working in the industry. You will have to find and secure a work placement which must be approved by the College and all the relevant Health and Safety and insurance checks carried out prior to starting your placement. You will have one day a week allocated for work experience or you can complete a two week block placement and undertake hours during holiday periods and at weekends.

Entry Requirements

  • At least five GCSEs in the A* - E or 9 - 3 range, including English and Maths or an appropriate level 1 qualification
  • Successful interview
  • Successful riding assessment – You need to be able to walk, trot and canter safely

What are the assessment methods?

  • Externally set & marked tests & assignments
  • Portfolio development
  • Practical/riding assessments
  • Presentations

How long is the course?

One year, full time.

What are the College attendance requirements?

You will attend college four days a week with one day set aside for completing work experience. You will have time set aside during the week for private study.

Are there any additional costs for the course?

You will need to ensure you have suitable clothing for working on the yard and riding e.g. riding hat, gloves, boots, body protector, jodhpurs.

There will be a one off cost of £70 to cover visits and guest speakers linked to the programme. This will be payable at enrolment.

There will also be a range of optional trips, residential and day visits.

What are the progression options?

Successful completion of the Level 2 Certificate alongside appropriate GCSE English and Maths grades will enable direct progression onto the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Equine Management. You would alternatively be able to find employment at assistant level in a range of establishments, including riding schools, livery, competition and racing yards.


Our students are encouraged to progress onto further study after taking this course.

Awarding Body

  • C&G/NPTC

Further Information