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Horse Care Level 2 Diploma at Warwickshire College Group

Course description

Our Level Two Diploma in Horse Care provides good grounding in the key aspects of horse care and riding. As well as practical activities with horses you will develop your academic skills through learning more about horses and how they work.

Students who have completed this course have found it helpful for successfully working with horses or going on to study at Level Three.

One reason for this success is that you are provided with a broad base of experience from studying a combination of equine, business and science units. This means you will leave Warwickshire College with good knowledge and skills and well prepared to start your career with horses.

Wherever your journey through the equine world takes you, you can begin to shape your future with a Level Two qualification from Warwickshire College.       

Highlights of the course include:

·         The opportunity to ride and care for the College’s well-schooled horses.

·         Tuition and learning materials provided by our expert tutors, many of whom are BHSIs and post-graduates

·         An invitation to join the Moreton Morrell Riding Club & Academy.

·         Trips to equine related organisations and events such as Badminton Horse Trials

·         A study tour of Yorkshire

·         Functional Skills or GCSE Maths & English.

Course content

* Units are subject to change

Undertake Horse Handling 

This unit focuses on developing and improving learner ability to handle horses. This covers both the practical and theoretical aspects of why we handle horses. The unit begins with learners investigating the methods and equipment used to handle and restrain horses in specific situations. Learners will then be able to demonstrate the skills they have developed in a number of different situations.

Understand the Principles of Horse Biology

This unit focuses on providing learners with the knowledge and understanding of how a horse works. The learner is introduced to basic structure of the horse as an animal, to gain knowledge, and to appreciate the function of the skeleton, muscles and systems in animals. The systems covered include the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive and excretory systems.

Landbased Business

Understanding how business and organisations fit into the Equine Industry.  Learners will look at current trends, issues and employment.

Undertake Stable & Yard Management

This unit covers the knowledge and skills required to maintain a stable and yard and care for horses safely, efficieintly and effectively.

Fit and Maintain Horse Tack and Clothing

In this unit will have an apportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required in order to adopt safe working practices and develop a confident and adaptable approach to horses.  Practical competence is necessary and you will develop understanding and caring for the wellbeing of the horse.  This unit covers the tack, equipment and horse clothing commonly used in stable yards.

Riding on the Flat.

Learners will develop skills in working horses on the flat and using training exercises to improve flatwork.  You will develop to ride a variety of horses on the flat to maintain and improve their way of going to acceptable industry standards.  You will be able to assess a horse's strengths and weaknesses, select and use suitable exercises and assess their effectiveness.  Assess a horse's level of training and plan exercises for improvement. 

Undertake Work Related Experience in the Land-based Industries

Learners on vocational courses should have experience of the type of work that they hope to do and an idea of the expectations of those who may employ them.

Carry Out and Understand the Principles of Feeding and Watering Horses 

Basic husbandry, including feeding, housing and looking after horses, is a vital part of caring for them. This unit introduces learners to the feeding and watering of horses. Learners will be able to feed and water horses in a practical situation. They will also cover the basics of ration formulation and the factors to consider when preparing individual diets for horses.

Entry requirements

Academic: Four GCSEs at Grade D (Grade 3) or above including English, Maths or Science.

Equine: Relevant practical horse handling experience and the ability to show enthusiasm for the subject.  Basic level of riding experience, must be balanced in walk, trot and canter.

Students must be suitable and capable of handling and/or riding a range of horses. 

It is essential that students have an up-to-date tetanus vaccination.


Assessment is continuous involving practical tasks, industrial experience, assignments and written tests.

Future opportunities


You may find employment as a stud or stable assistant or trainee groom.


You may be able to progress to Level 3 Diploma courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Warwickshire College Group directly.

Last updated date: 19 January 2017
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