This course has been developed for ambitious students wishing to follow a career within the equine industry. It provides an excellent opportunity to develop a sound knowledge and understanding in horse care and riding and enables students to develop practical skills alongside valuable work experience.
- Carry out and understand the principles of feeding and watering horses
- Undertake routine stable duties
- Undertake horse handling
- Fit and maintain horse tack and clothing
- Undertake work-related experience in the land-based industries
- Introduction to riding horses on the flat
- Introduction to riding horses over fences
- Understand the principles of horse biology
- English and Maths, as required.
Please note, the units studied may vary depending on the options chosen. Riding and non-riding options are available.
One year full-time, normally in college three days a week. Weekend duties will also be timetabled, approximately one weekend day in each month.
Students will complete one week off-site work placement within the academic year.
Students can progress on to the Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate in Equine Management or an apprenticeship programme.
There are many varied careers within the equine industry this course can lead to, such as assistant grooms, before more senior positions can be pursued.
Work will be assessed using a variety of written assignments and practical assessments.
GCSE / Functional Skills exams in Maths and English will be compulsory if these have not been achieved at grade 4 when you start the course.
Level 2 courses can be achieved to a pass, merit, distinction or distinction * grade.
Four GCSEs at grade 3 or above. These must include grade 1 in Maths, English and Science. Equivalent qualifications may also be considered.
For the riding option, you must also demonstrate a suitable level of riding. We also have a maximum weight limit of 13 stone.
BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care
Lisa has always been around horses and is passionate about helping neglected animals.
Q: What do you like about Riseholme College?
A: Everyone is treated equally and like an adult. I have met so many new people who have become lifelong friends.
Q: What is the best thing about your course?
A: The best thing has been riding a variety of horses and getting more confident with jumping. The yard staff are all very friendly and are always approachable.
Q: What are your hopes for the future?
A: In the future I would like to work with troubled horses that have been neglected and abused.