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Horse Care Apprenticeship Level 2 at Badgehurst Training Ltd

Course description

This programme is designed for people who are new to horse care (or recent recruits) and are working under the supervision of another member or members of staff.

Course content

On the intermediate apprenticeship in horse care you will study for the following qualifications:

  • Equestrian Qualifications Limited (EQL) Level 2 Certificate in Horse Care
  • Equestrian Qualifications Limited (EQL) Level 2 Award in the Principles of Horse Care
  • Functional Skills in English and Maths at Level 1.

Other non-certificates components of the programme include:

  • Induction to apprenticeship
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
  • Be Safe! (health and safety)

Entry requirements

To undertake an intermediate apprenticeship you must be employed in a horse care job for a minimum of 30 hours per week.  If you already have a job, and your employer agrees, you can join an apprenticeship.  If you are seeking employment in horse care you can find your own Employer or apply for a job through the apprenticeship vacancies service.   All apprentices need to have contract of employment and earn at least the the national minimum wage for apprentices

There are no specific entry requirements to progress onto the intermediate apprenticeship, however, there are qualifications and experience listed below which will help learners prior to starting:

  • BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Caring for Horses
  • Level 1 Diploma in Work-based Horse Care/Racehorse Care/Riding
  • Level 1 Certificate in Stage 1 Horse Knowledge, Care and Riding
  • Level 1 NVQ in Horse Care
  • Have previously worked in, or are currently working within the industry
  • GCSEs/A levels

Progression opportunities onto the Equine Intermediate Apprenticeship also exist for adult learners who have experience within the Equine industry or who are looking for a career change.

There are no formal academic requirements for the intermediate apprenticeship in animal care but you should have a love of horses, a genuine interest in their welfare, and be prepared to get your hands dirty!  You should have at least basic numeracy and literacy skills on which the apprenticeship will build.


We use a range of assessment methods on this programme to determine how well you are progressing, including observation of practical performance (in the workplace), questioning, assignments, tasks and tests.  You will need to take an external examination (practical and theory) which will normally require you to travel to an EQL examinations centre.

Future opportunities

Once you have completed the intermediate apprenticeship in horse care you could be able to progress onto:

  • Advanced Apprenticeship in Horse Care

  • Level 3 Certificate or Diploma in Horse Management

Typical jobs apprentices will be able to progress onto on completion of the intermediate Apprenticeship will depend on the qualifications and experience gained, but could include:  Groom, Stud Groom, Trek Assistant, Jockey, Harness Horse Groom and Trainee/Assistant

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Badgehurst Training Ltd directly.

Last updated date: 18 November 2016

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