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Apprenticeship in Equine Horse Care and Management

Programme Description



An Apprenticeship is a work based learning programme where the learner is "earning while learning".  The Programme is ideally suited to employees who have some element of responsibility within their job role.  The programme is aimed at the learners over the age of 16.  The Apprentice will be employed and receive at least the minimum Apprentice wage.  The Apprentice has the option to attend college on a day release basis as pre agreed with the Training Adviser and should achieve the Level 3 Apprenticeship Framework within the agreed timescale.


Programme Features



  • All Learners will be supported by a Training Adviser/Assessor who will monitor progress towards achieving targets on a regular basis (every 56 to 61 days)
  • The Training Adviser/Assessor will liaise closely with the employer to ensure that qualifications are achieved within the timescale
  • The Training Adviser/Assessor will assess the Apprentice in the workplace as and when required (every 56 to 61 days)
  • British Horse Society exams are covered as part of the course
  • Other courses are available such as First Aid, Child Protection, Quad Bike, Tractor and many more Landbased competency qualifications

Progression & Employment



Learners who have successfully completed this Apprenticeship can progress onto Higher Apprenticeship at Level 4 if available and normally progress in work to Assistant or Yard Manager at the required standard.


Programme Content



Learners following this Foundation Apprenticeship will have to achieve a framework of qualifications which will include: -

  • Level 3 Certificate Horse Care and Management
  • Level 3 Award in Principles of Horse Care

Essential Skills must be achieved in order for a successful completion these are: -

  • Essential Skills Wales Application of Number Level 2
  • Essential Skills Wales Communication Level 2
  • (In some circumstances previously achieved proxy qualifications may be used)

Programme Assessment



BHS Stage 3 Horse Knowledge and Care examination which can be undertaken at Coleg Sir Gar Pibwrlwyd Equine Unit.  Coursework, assignments, work based observations and work based evidence.


Programme Entry Requirements



  • Stage 2 BHS Horse Knowledge and Care
  • Level 2 Work Based Diploma in Horse Care
  • Level 2 Work Based Diploma in Horse Care/Racehorse Care
  • Level 2 Diploma for the Harness Horse Grooms
  • Level 2 NVQ in Horse Care
  • Pony Club B Test

These programmes are part financed by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.

British Horse Society Gold Membership is required.