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Technical Diploma in Equine Studies Level 2

Kirkley Hall Campus
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Level 2 Technical Certificate in Equine Care

Start Date:
10 September

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone who would like an introduction to the career opportunities available in the horse care sector of Land Based Industries.

Do I need any formal qualifications?

You will need to have a standard of general education and competence, sufficient to benefit from and succeed on the course. Assessment of suitability is likely to be based on GCSE grades (minimum of 2 GCSEs at grade A - D). Students who wish to pursue the riding option must have a good standard of basic riding, including walk, trot and canter. There is also a weight limit. There is a non-riding option available for those who do not wish to undertake the riding module.

What will I study on the course?

You will study horse behaviour, riding on the flat, horse handling, feeding and watering, industrial experience, grooming, plaiting and trimming, saddlery and equipment and lunging.

The course runs for 3 days per week over 1 Year.

Students could follow the Certificate in Horse Care or the Extended Certificate in Horse Care which would involve them.

Students will also be required to attend duties as part of their course.

To gain this qualification you need to pass a multi choice theory exam, health and safety assignment and you need to complete a synoptic assessment. Your optional units are assessed by assignment work which contains a combinations of practical and theory work

There is the option to work towards BHS exams including stage 1 and 2 and Ride safe. Training is provided but entry for the exam does require payment to the external awarding body

Level 2 Technical Certificate in Equine Care

From this qualification you can progress to a Level 3 Technical, equivalent to A level, You may want to progress to industry and train as an apprentice, or you may want to go into paid work and work as a groom or trainee instructor.

Many of our learners study for free with a Fee Waiver when they are in receipt of qualifying benefits or studying a first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification and meet age restrictions or are aged between 16-18.

If you are not entitled to a Fee Waiver, you may be entitled to receive Learner Support Funds to help with paying your course fees, or if you are aged over 19 and planning to study at Level 3 or 4 and have not previously studied at Level 3 or above you will be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan that covers the costs of your tuition fees. The loan will not cover the cost of any examination / registration fees and these will need to be paid for separately, or you may be entitled to receive Learner Support Funds to help cover the cost.

All learners may also apply for help with the cost of travel to college and the college may be able to help with the costs of childcare, travel, books, equipment and meals.

For more information our Help Hub team is available on 01670 841 200 or email

How can I apply for this course?

Apply online by clicking here and registering, alternatively please contact our Help Hub on 01670 841 200, email or drop in to one of our open events.

Alternatively, if this is the course for you please click Book and Enrol Now – please note this option is only available for certain courses.

Where can I get any further information about the course?

You may find further information within this website including within case studies and our media gallery. You may also come along to an open event – dates of college events are listed here

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