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Farriery Access Level 2 at Herefordshire & Ludlow College

Course description

This course not only offers the expertise of the highly qualified blacksmith tutors but gives you the opportunity to enter competitions throughout the year.

To gain farriery experience you will be encouraged to undertake a period of work experience with an experienced farrier, which will help reinforce your awareness of farriery as a possible career.

To practise as a farrier you need to be registered with the Worshipful Company of Farriers. To register with the Worshipful Company of Farriers you will need to successfully complete a recognised Apprenticeship in Farriery and The Worshipful Company of Farriers Diploma.

One of the aims of this course is to provide an entry qualification route so that you can apply for an Apprenticeship in Farriery. Gaining an Apprenticeship in Farriery can be difficult and having basic skills in blacksmithing, welding and equine knowledge can greatly enhance your chances of success.

Course content

You will cover a diverse range of topics throughout your course. A selection of unit titles is shown below.

  • Blacksmithing – the processes of forging, forming, cutting and joining comprising the foundation of all blacksmithing skills
  • Blacksmithing – the production of tools required for the course
  • Welding – the application of welding processes
  • Health and safety – the relevant statutory requirements for business and employees with specific reference to farriery
  • Equine Studies – equine biology, horse handling and behaviour

The units listed are provisional and variations may occur.

Entry requirements

  • 4 GCSEs at grade D or above (to include maths and English) or successful completion of a relevant Level 1 qualification
  • Successful interview and initial assessment in literacy and numeracy
  • Applicants will be expected to demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment to the chosen subject area


Assessment is done throughout the year, with the NPTC practical forging exam taking place at the end of the academic year along with the theory test. All learners are encouraged to participate in working with a qualified farrier.

Future opportunities

There are various opportunities for further study or employment upon successful completion of your course.

Study options may include:

  • Apprenticeship in Farriery

Employment options may include:

  • Farriery Apprenticeship
  • Blacksmithing and related Metalworking
  • Equine-based Employment

Further information

Maths and English

All students following a full-time programme of study at HLC will study English and maths as part of their studies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Herefordshire & Ludlow College directly.

Last updated date: 23 June 2016

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