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Horse Care Level 2 Diploma at Herefordshire & Ludlow College

Course description

Students visit the Horse of the Year Show and the Badminton Horse Trials, along with visits to different yards, including racing, polo, dressage and natural horsemanship. There are opportunities to gain additional qualifications such as Emergency First Aid at Work, BHS Stage exams and the BHS Riding and Road Safety. You will also get the chance to compete on College horses and take part in various events.

This programme has been developed for ambitious students wishing to follow a career within the equine industry. The Level 2 Diploma provides you with an excellent opportunity to develop a sound knowledge and understanding in horse care and riding through both practical and theory-based sessions. The course includes valuable work experience which will enable you to develop reliable practical skills.

Course content

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

  • Carry Out and Understand the Principles of Feeding and Watering Horses
  • Undertake Routine Stable Duties
  • Horse Behaviour and Welfare
  • Riding on the Flat
  • Maintain Animal Health and Welfare
  • Introduction to Keeping a Horse at Grass

Entry requirements

  • 3 GCSEs at grade D or above (to include maths and English) or successful completion of a suitable and 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 continuous, with assignments, projects and practical work. This course includes 150 hours of work experience through the duration of the course.

Future opportunities

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

Study options may include:

  • Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Horse Management

Employment options may include:

  • Groom in the racing industry
  • Working in animal welfare organisations
  • Groom in equine yards

Further information

We aim to provide the best possible vocational experience for our equine learners. All full-time equine learners participate in equine yard duties throughout the year alongside their main programme of study. A rota is put in place and will include some weekends. We do provide collection and drop-off facilities at weekends at Hereford bus/train station but learners will be responsible for arranging their own transport provision to and from Hereford at weekends.

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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