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Horse Care Level 2 at Wiltshire College

Course description

If you want to follow a career in providing care for horses at an assistant level and developing specialist experience in managing and riding horses, this is the course for you.
This course offers you experience in horse care, providing a specialised approach for progression on the Level 3 Diploma or into employment in the equestrian sector. 
Your studies will be enriched with experience at local equestrian centres where you will develop skills in caring for and riding horses.
A study tour and visits to shows are important aspects of the course, allowing you to appreciate the diverse range of career opportunities and organisations within the equine sector. You will also take part in an industry work placement, giving you hands-on experience of the equine industry.

Course content

You will learn about:
  • Work Experience
  • Feeding & Watering
  • Routine Stable Duties
  • Undertake Horse Handling
  • Riding on the Flat
  • Grooming, Trimming, Plating
  • Horse Biology
  • Principals of Horse Behaviour
Units are subject to review and change to improve the course and a non-riding route is available.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grade D or above, including English, Maths and preferably Science or equivalent (or successful completion of a relevant subject at Level 1)
A good reference.
The minimum requirement is to walk, trot and canter a well-mannered school horse safely whilst maintaining a basic balanced position.
A satisfactory interview. Riding Assessments will be carried out during induction.


The academic level of this programme will require you to commit to undertaking study in your own time.
You will be assessed through a range of written assignments, practical skills tests, projects, group work activities and oral tests.
The final qualification will be a City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care.

Future opportunities

Upon successful completion of the course, you could progress on to the Level 3 90-Credit/Extended Diploma in Horse Management, and then onto our HND in Equine Management.
There is so much available to those who want to make a long term commitment to a career within the equine industry, including:
  • yard assistant
  • competition groom
  • riding instructor
  • events co-ordinator
  • animal welfare officer
  • Feed merchant assistant
  • Stud farm assistant 
If you intend to seek employment in the equine industry, you must be aware that the market place at this level is highly competitive. We encourage you to make contact with local employers whilst you are at the college, students have found work in such areas as veterinary nursing, yard assistant manager, head grooms etc. You may find that on-programme work experience is an ideal way of getting in touch with prospective employers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 June 2016

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