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Work-based Horse Care Level 1 Diploma at Northumberland College

Course description

This is a work-based Horse Care qualification which is suitable for anyone with a job or work placement in the equine industry. The level 1 will suit you if you are starting work in horse care and want a qualification to show the skills you have learned to do your job. A level 1 Work Based Diploma can be a stepping stone to a level 2, will help with professional development and prepare you for higher level training.

Course content

The Qualification consist of Mandatory units which include Assist with Cleaning the stables and yard Assist with feeding and watering horses Restrain horses using specified methods Maintain health and safety in the workplace Maintain and develop personal performance maintain effective working relationships with others Catch and move horses under supervision Groom and wash horses under direction The optional unit is riding and if this can be offered by your employer, can be chosen to enhance your qualification and your future employment options.

Entry requirements

You do not need any formal qualifications or any previous experience although a strong interest in horses is essential. To embark on a work based Diploma you need to be employed or have a work placement in industry.


Progress is assessed by a range of methods which include practical assessments, observations and written assignments. A qualified assessor will carry out practical assessment at you place of work. 1:1 progress reviews ensure that students remain motivated and continue to work to their full potential.

Future opportunities

The Level 1 work based Diploma has been developed to equip learners to progress in their employment or progress to further training. A person qualified to level 1 in Horse Care would be expected to undertake jobs such as: Trainee Riding School Groom Trainee Competition Groom Racehorse groom

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 May 2016

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    • Kirkley Hall is a stunning rural campus and a great environment to study in with specialist resources to meet the needs of our students. Combine this with our team of experience and highly skilled staff and you will see that a successful future will be yours.

      The college campus in Ponteland is approximately 8 miles from Newcastle city centre and is easily accessible by bus or car, so you can enjoy the best of city and rural life.

      You will benefit from excellent facilities that are of industry standard so you'll be prepared for your future career. Facilities include:

      • A 17th century rural estate with and grade II listed Kirkley Hall
      • An equestrian centre with indoor and outdoor riding arenas, 25 horse stable yard and specialist equine facilities
      • Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens with over 120 species
      • A veterinary centre and grooming parlour
      • An outdoor activity centre with high ropes and zip wire and sailing base at Blyth
      • Two farms; one at Kirkley and one in the Coquet Valley
      • Victorian walled gardens, over 1,330m2 of greenhouses and a garden design studio
      • Cyber Café
      • A Learning Resource Centre devoted to the land-based sector which includes a range of learning materials, an IT suite and quiet study areas
      • Halls of residence facilities