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Farriery Apprenticeship Level 3 at Warwickshire College Group

Course description

The Advanced Apprenticeship in Farriery is the route recognised by the Farriers Registration Council (FRC) to becoming a registered farrier in the UK. 

To become an apprentice it is first necessary to gain an employed position with an FRC Approved Training Farrier (ATF). 

The training programme includes 8 block attendances at College, two per year, to support training in the workplace.

Course content

The period of training covers:

- Shoemaking
- Shoeing horses
- Tool making and welding
- Equine anatomy and physiology
- Veterinary knowledge

Entry requirements

The Farriers Registration Council has set the minimum entry qualifications for starting an apprenticeship as:

  • - 5 GCSEs at grade C, 5 or above, to include English, maths and science
  • - Or Functional Skills Level 2 in maths and English are accepted instead of the relevant GCSEs.
  • - City and Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Forgework
  • - ATF letter of recommendation  


Training towards these qualifications will take place at College and in the workplace. 

Assessment will take place throughout the apprenticeship during blocks at College.

Practical and theory assessments take place throughout the training.

The apprenticeship culminates in taking the Worshipful Company of Farriers Diploma examination, which includes theory and practical elements.

Future opportunities

Once you have successfully completed and become a registered qualified farrier with the Farriers Registration Council, there are further opportunities for training and development within the industry, for example College Tutor, AWCF, FWCF, ATF.

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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