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Equine Apprenticeship Intermediate Level at Guildford College

Course description

This Apprenticeship is suitable for those looking to work in the equine industry. It’s one of the most diverse industries within the land-based sector with opportunities for working in livery yards, riding schools, racing yards, training yards or using harnessed horses.

While this Apprenticeship covers many specialisms, all deal with the welfare, supervision and riding of horses. Your training will focus on either general horse care, racehorse care or harness horse care, depending on your employer.

As an apprentice, you could find yourself in one of many job roles such as stable hand, groom, stud assistant or riding instructor. You’ll learn how to take care of horses, which will include everything from feeding and grooming through to exercising.


Course content

The course aims to provide a high standard of yard-based training.


  • prepare and clean stables
  • maintain the health and wellbeing of horses
  • fitting of tack
  • loading and unloading horses
  • riding for exercise
  • emergency first aid
  • plus Horse Care NVQ 2,
  • BHS exam and
  • Functional Skills to include Mathematics, English and IT.

Entry requirements

You must be in relevant employment. Good GCSEs an advantage.



Delivered in the workplace around work commitments.

Assessment is through practical observation, portfolio evidence and oral/written questions.

A college tutor will monitor your progress on a regular basis and conduct assessments in the workplace.

Functional Skills exams for Maths and English.


Future opportunities

On successful completion of the Intermediate Apprenticeship you could progress to the Advanced Apprenticeship or posts in the equine industry.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 June 2016
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