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Horse Care, Qualification, Level 2 at Hadlow College

Course description

This is a one year, full time course consisting of a range subjects that enable students to achieve a sound foundation in equine studies preparing them for employment or apprenticeships within the industry. 

The course offers students exceptional opportunity to gain hands on experience to develop their practical skills in horse husbandry and riding.

The course structure comprises a range of units designed to provide students with a sound understanding of the principals of horse care. There are mandatory units and a
choice between two optional units.

Course content

The following titles are an example of some of the topics students can expect to study within the course:

  • Equine tack and equipment
  • Introduction to biology and health
  • Equine work placement
  • Principles of working with horses
  • Equine preparation and plaiting
  • Practical yard duties
  • Practical equine behaviour
  • Riding horses on the flat
  • Functional skills/GCSE - English and maths

Duties: Morning and afternoon duties are a vital and obligatory part of this course.

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of four GCSEs C-D / 4-3 Grade or equivalent (Level 1 Diploma), which must include GCSE in English OR maths A-D / 9-3 Grade or equivalent. Students who wish to take the riding option will need at least 6 months’ experience of riding a horse and pass a riding assessment at the College, prior to starting the course in September.


Students are assessed throughout the course using assignments, tests, practical observations and external assessments. Students are expected to relate theory
to practice in all assessments.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff. Successful students can further enhance their skills by enrolling onto a work-based qualification, Apprenticeship or the Level 3 Extended Diploma. Alternatively, should they wish to do so, they may gain employment in the equine industry as a groom, stable

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: 20 November 2017
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