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Programme Description


This Level 2 Technical Certificate in Equine Care is an introduction to horse and stable management for those wishing to pursue a career in the Equine Industry.  The programme aims to develop the learner's skills and provides a breadth of knowledge relating to horses and the equine industry.  Students alternate between one week in class and one week on the college's competition yard which is also a British Horse Society examination centre. 

The yard has a variety of well-schooled horses which are used for instruction in dressage and showjumping.  Students have the opportunity to participate in competitions hosted by the college and to receive instruction from BHS instructors and examiners. 

The course includes a compulsory work experience unit which involves 150 hours work experience throughout the year at a suitable equine establishment. Opportunities will also be provided for GCSE's in English and Mathematics and for Welsh language devleopment.

The learner will also have the opportunity to take the British Horse Society Stage One and Riding & Road Safety examinations, when they reach the required standard. 

At a Glance

  Full Time

  1 year

  Pibwrlwyd Campus

Programme Features


  • A competition yard with horses schooled for dressage and show jumping
  • The opportunity to take BHS Stage examinations and the Riding and Road Safety Test are available if learner meets required standards
  • A supportive environment in which to develop your skills
  • Work experience and Essential Skills increase your chances of employment after completing the course
  • Opportunities to compete on your own or college horses
  • Learning support is provided in the classroom and from weekly sessions in the Study Zone if required.
  • Regular tutorials monitor progress on the course

Programme Content


Core Units:

  • Health and safety for the Landbased Industries
  • Working in the Equine Industry
  • Equine health and welfare
  • Horse track and equipment
  • Undertake routine stable duties
  • The principles of feeding and watering horses
  • Horse handling and grooming
  • Introduction to lunging horses

Optional Units:

  • Riding horses on the flat;
  • Equine anatomy and physiology
  • Keeping horses at grass

Progression & Employment


Students who successfully complete this course at merit or above may progress to the progress to the Level 3 advanced diploma or into employment.

There is an increasing demand for people with good practical skills to work in stable yards, stud work and racing. The British Horse Society examinations are industrially recognised throughout the world.

Method of Assessment


Synoptic assessment and individual unit assignments: Are externally set, internally marked and externally moderated.

End of year theory exam: Is externally set and externally marked and can be taken either online or as a written paper.

British Horse Society examinations are practical and theory based.  Both the horse knowledge and care section and the ridden section can be undertaken at the college's Pibwrlwyd Campus Equine unit.

Entry Requirements


Level 1 qualification or 3 GCSEs (to include at least one GCSE (A* - C) in Mathematics, Welsh or English).

Additional Costs


All learners are required to pay an administration fee of £45 prior to enrolment.

You will need to provide your own stationery and may also incur costs if the department arranges educational visits.