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Horse Care BTEC Level 2 Diploma at Warwickshire College Group

Course description

This course is designed for those who want to gain a Farriery Apprenticeship. You will develop forging, horse care and other skills needed to be useful to an Approved Training Farrier(ATF). 

This is a one-year, full time course, where you spend four days a week at College. A block of three weeks industrial experience with an ATF is included. 

Course content

BTEC Level 2 certificate in Horse Care

* Units are subject to change

Undertake Work Related Experience in the Land-based Industries

The aim of this unit is to give students the skills needed to identify, participate in and review work experience in the environmental and landbased sector. Learners benefit from 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 Undertake the Principles of Feeding and Watering

Students will be taught the basic principles of feeding and watering horses correctly and how to work out basic food rations. 

Undertake Stable Duties

Anyone who wishes to work in the equine industry needs a thorough understanding of how to maintain a horse’s environment. This unit teaches students how to prepare, clean and maintain stables and the daily checks needed to ensure horses are healthy.

Undertake Horse Handling

It is vital that a farrier knows how to handle and restrain horses in order to carry out his/her job safely 

Fit and Maintain Horse Tack and Clothing

Students will learn how to fit and maintain items of horse clothing and tack. 

Introduction to Keeping Horses at Grass

This unit teaches students to be able to assess grazing land for the introduction of horses, turn out, catch and bring in horses from grazing land and how to maintain horses at grass.

Introduction to the Principles of Horse Behaviour

The aim of this unit is to teach learners about the role of horses in society and the natural lifestyles of equines. It will also investigate the impact of domestication on the horse and how to monitor and report on horse behaviour.

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.
 NPTC Level 2 Certificate in Forge Work 

A compulsory qualification  to gain entry on to a Farriery Apprenticeship .

Students will learn how to operate solid fuel forge hearth, recognise and apply safe working practices when operating solid fuel forge hearths and gas furnaces.  Practical skills - forging, forming cutting and joining techniques

Entry requirements

Four GCSE's at Grade C (Grade 4) or above to include Mathematics, English and Science plus some relevant practical experience, reference from a farrier and enthusiasm for the subject.


Assessment is continuous and involves practical tasks, industrial placement, assignments and written tests, as well as the NPTC forging exam and Functional Skills exam.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of this course you may obtain an apprenticeship in Farriery.   See Farriery Apprentices. 

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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