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Horse Care Level 1 Diploma at Warwickshire College Group

Course description

Our Level One Diploma in Horse Care is your ideal course if you are keen to learn more about horses but do not have GCSEs at grade D. 

The Level One course is here to help you become more confident in your learning. As well as improving your skills in riding and caring for horses, you will spend time improving your English and maths too. To help prepare you for further study or work, you will also develop your skills of working in a group and meeting deadlines.

Highlights of the course include:

The opportunity to take part in our annual show

Trips to horse related organisations such as sanctuaries, shows and local businesses

The opportunity to ride and care for the College’s well-schooled horses.

Teaching from our caring and expert tutors, many of whom are BHSIs and post-graduates

The chance to continue onto the Level Two Diploma in Horse Care next year

Opportunity to undertake Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths

Course content

*  Units are subject to change

Safe and Effective Working Practices 

In this unit students will learn the importance of wearing personal protective equipment, how to maintain a safe working environment and who to report any accidents or injuries to.

Develop Performance in Landbased Industries

This unit teaches students how to work as a team and helps develop their personal performance.

Assist with Feeding and Watering

This unit teaches students about the equipment needed to feed and water horses and how to prepare it.

Assist with the Handling and Restraint of Animals

Students studying this unit will learn the correct, safe method for handling and restraining horses.

Assist with the Preparation for Exercise and Aftercare of Horses

Learners will be taught how to maintain horse bedding, groom horses, put on and remove horse rugs safely and correctly and how to clean tack.

Exercise Horses Under Supervision

Students will learn how to mount and dismount, ride in an enclosed space and tack up and untack horses.

Maintain the Health of Horses

This unit teaches students how to identify if a horse is ill and how to treat it.

Entry requirements

You would be expected to have at least 4 GCSEs Grade E (Grade 2) or above including English, Maths or Science.

You must be safe and established in walk and trot and working towards canter. You need to be confident working around horses and have basic horse husbandry knowledge.  

It is essential that students have an up-to-date tetanus vaccination.


Assessment is continuous throughout the course and consists of practical timely assessments and written work.

Future opportunities

After completing this course you may be able to progress onto the Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Horse Care course. You might also go on to work in the industry in a job where you work under supervision.

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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