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Horse Care, Qualification in Land-Based Studies, Level 1 at Hadlow College

Course description

This highly practical course is an ideal starting point for those students with little or no formal qualifications. You will learn about horse welfare, how to ride a horse on the flat and over fences, stable management and working horses from the ground. Through working in the College yard your understanding of horse care will be broadened and you will possess some experience of how the equine industry operates.

Course content

The following are examples of some of the topics students can expect to study within the course:

  • Safe and effective procedures in land-based industries
  • Develop performance in land-based industries
  • Assist with feeding and watering animals
  • Assist with the preparation for exercise and after care of horses.
  • Maintain the health of horses
  • Functional skills/GCSE - English and maths
  • Work experience

A choice of either:

  • Exercise horses under supervision Or
  • Assist with the handling and restraint of horses

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of two GCSEs at D-E / 3-2 Grade or equivalent (Entry level 3).
You should also have a keen interest in the subject and demonstrate a commitment to the curriculum area.

Students who wish to take the riding option will need at least 3 months’ experience of riding a horse and pass a riding assessment at the College, prior to starting the course in September.


Short multiple choice examinations, plus a short portfolio of evidence will be marked by an internal and external examiner.

Future opportunities

Successful students can further enhance their skills by enrolling onto the Level 2 qualification in Horse Care or, should they wish to, progress straight into the equine industry.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 November 2017
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