This is a practical programme with an emphasis on working with horses to allow you to gain the skills required to work in the equine industry. As part of the course, you will also develop your basic knowledge and understanding of horse care and what it entails.
- Maintaining health and safety in the workplace
- Principles of maintaining good working relations with others
- Principles of feeding and watering horses
- Know how to groom and wash horses
- Principles of cleaning the stables and yard
- Assist with cleaning stables and yards
- Principles of and assisting with putting on and taking off tack and rugs
- Principles of and assisting with cleaning tack and horse clothing
- Principles of and assisting with leading assisting and controlling a horse for inspection under direction
- Principles of and assisting with catching and moving horses
- Principles of and riding under supervision in enclosed spaces
- 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.
Students can progress to the Level 2 Diploma at the college.
The course provides you with opportunities to seek a junior position in industry, including grooms and yard workers. More senior positions can then be pursued.
Assessment includes a variety of techniques, including class tests, portfolio-based 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.
No formal entry requirements. Regular practical equine experience is essential.
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.