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Equine Foundation Apprenticeship Horse Care Level 2

Programme Description


A foundation apprenticeship is a work-based learning programme where the learner is earning while learning. It focuses on developing the skills required to enable the learner to gain full time employment in the equine industry. The programme is aimed at learners over the age of 16. The apprentice will be employed and receive at least the minimum apprentice wage. 

Learners on this programme have the option of two study pathways. Pathway one incorporates the British Horse Society qualification route and is exam based. The second pathway involves building a portfolio of evidence through a City & Guilds work based diploma. 

The apprentice will attend college one day a week. In college learners cover underpinning theoretical knowledge in horse care and specialist  practical skills to equip learners for the workplace. Learners should achieve the level two apprenticeship framework within 18 months.

At a Glance

  Full Time

  1 Years

  Pibwrlwyd Campus

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).

They will liaise closely with the employer to ensure that qualifications are achieved within the timescale. 

The apprentice will be assessed in the workplace as and when required (every 56 to 61 days). 

British Horse Society exams are recognised internationally as an industry standard qualification.

Programme Content


Examples of units of study include:

  • Equine nutrition
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Grassland Management
  • Stable design
  • Lunging a horse under supervision
  • Grooming, plaiting and fitting equipment

Progression & Employment


Learners who have successfully completed this foundation apprenticeship at the required standard, can progress onto an apprenticeship at level three.

Method of Assessment


BHS Horse Knowledge and Care and Riding and Road Safety examination which can be undertaken at Coleg Sir Gar’s Pibwrlwyd campus. 

The learner will be continually assessed both in the workplace and at college which will include coursework, assignments, practical work, work based evidence and observations. 

Entry Requirements


There are no specific entry requirements for the Equine Foundation Apprenticeship; however, there are qualifications or experience that will help learners understand the sector prior to starting, for example:

  • Pony Club C Test
  • BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Caring for Horses
  • Level 1 Work-based Diploma in Horse Care
  • BHS Stage 1 Horse Knowledge and Care
  • Level 1 NVQ in Horse Care
  • Previously worked in, or are currently working within the industry.

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

British Horse Society Gold Membership is required.

Additional Costs


There is no additional fee, however, it is likely that you will incur additional costs for personal equipment and for course related excursions.