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Horse Care City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma at Guildford College

Course description

The course allows you to develop many horse care skills including fitting and maintain horse tack and clothing, presenting horses groomed, trimmed and plaited; and undertake ration formulation and feeding of a range of horses.

You will have the opportunity to ride a variety of horses in the schools and around the extensive campus of Merrist Wood and to develop an understanding of the principles around why horses behave the way they do and how they have evolved.

Whilst on the course you will work on the equine yard at Merrist Wood plus undertake work experience in an external placement allowing you to practice the skills you have been taught and explore possible career options.

All learners will study for an additional qualification in Functional Skills English at an appropriate and challenging level.


Course content

We have excellent facilities and extremely experienced, fully qualified teaching staff.

Merrist Wood Arena has one of the largest indoor surfaces in the South East holding regular British Dressage, British Show Jumping and unaffiliated dressage, show jumping and showing events.

You will have the bonus of discounted entries when events are run by Merrist Wood Arena and the opportunity to help at events and lecture demonstrations.

We have a modern purpose built yard catering for 42 horses and a cross country course that is used in practical equitation lessons.

The equine department has fully equipped classrooms one of which can incorporate a horse for lectures when necessary.

Entry requirements

2 - 4 GCSEs at grades D - E or above, including Maths and English, or a level 1 qualification at merit or above.

Very basic experience of being around horses and able to walk, trot and canter on a horse at a novice level is required. You need to pass the reference and interview process.


Written assessments, practical skills tests, optional British Horse Society stage exams.


Financial information

Course related costs:  £ 75 Advisory Costs:  £ 100


Future opportunities

Horse Management Level 3 Diplomas, or jobs such as assisting in yards, working in the racing industry, or retailing

Further information

Daily and weekend yard duties also form part of a regular and important part of the course. Visits are arranged to various equine events and other places of interest during the course and you do not have to own your own horse.

The College takes the welfare of our horses very seriously. In order to ensure that horses are not put under undue duress or strain we will weigh all students and assign horses accordingly. This means that we may impose restrictions or limit opportunities depending on the horses we have available. We cannot guarantee always having horses that may be suitable.

All 16-19 year olds on full-time programmes will be required to retake GCSE English and Maths or to undertake Functional Skills, if they have not already attained the equivalent of a GCSE grade C in these subjects, every year of their course, until they complete their studies.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 June 2016
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