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Horse Care - City and Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate at Myerscough College

Course description

The new City and Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate qualification is an excellent introductory course for students wishing to further their knowledge of the equine industry. It is extremely popular with school leavers and students progressing from the EQL Level 1 Horse Care programme. The course provides practical knowledge and experience, combining this with an academic study of the principles of horse care. Your stable management and riding skills will also be developed during the one-year course.

Course content

Students undertake four core units, covering routine stable duties (cleaning stables, preparing bedding and daily checks on horses), feeding and watering horses (including basic rations, nutrition and dietary requirements) and horse handling.

A work experience placement takes place one day a week on the yard at the relevant College centre. Additional units cover the principles of horse biology and the fundamentals of fitting and removing horse clothing and tack.

At the Preston and Burnley centres students can choose from either a riding option or a grooming option. The riding unit covers riding a horse safely in walk, trot and canter as well as mounting, dismounting and the safety and practice of riding on the road. The grooming route covers washing, trimming, plaiting and clipping as well as lunging and exercising horses from the ground.

At the Liverpool centre students take units in grooming (washing, trimming, plaiting and clipping) and equine business studies (finance, marketing and business administration.) All students are required to undertake weekend practical duties, one weekend in four.

In addition to obtaining the main Level 2 Technical Certificate, students are also encouraged to enter for the appropriate level of British Horse Society qualification.


Entry requirements

Students are normally aged 16 or over and have some level of achievement in GCSE or relevant Further Education qualifications and have gained a minimum of grade 3 (D) in two or more subjects, including English Language. In addition, some learning areas may apply specific agreed aptitude assessments.


A wide range of assessment methods are used during the course, to give all students
the opportunity to maximise their success.

Future opportunities

Level 3 courses in Horse Management.

Myerscough is well known as one of the leading equine colleges in Britain. The facilities and expert knowledge of the tutors provide an ideal learning environment.

The lecturing staff are active in equine research, with a particular focus on equine performance and equine locomotion.

Further information

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 19 October 2017
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