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Horse Care- Level 1 Certificate at Plumpton College

Course description

This course is an ideal starting point for those students with some practical experience of working with horses. The course will enable students to progress onto a level 2 course.

Through work experience on the college yard, your understanding of horse care and welfare will be broadened and you will learn how to correctly handle and look after a variety of horses.

Course content

You can look forward to a varied programme of modules that also includes a work placement. You'll also continue your english and maths up to GCSE level.

Modules include:

  • Safe and effective working procedures in land bansed industry
  • Assist with the preperatation of animal accomodation
  • Assist with the handeling of restraint of horses
  • Functional skills/GCSE

Entry requirements


  • You'll need to have achieved 1 or more GCSE grades 2-1 or another related entry level 3 qualification
  • Completion of the Rural Pathways programme and a strong interest in animal care
  • Successful completion of a level 1 course in another area
  • Mature students without the above will be considered


Financial information

Tuition Fee:

  • 16-18 exempt

Assessment Fee:

  • 16-18 exempt

Facility Fee:

  • Cost for day students- £120 per year
  • Cost for residential students- £200 per year

Future opportunities


Successful students can further enhance their skills by enrolling onto a work-based qualification, apprenticeship or the level 2 diploma.

Further information

Course duration is 2 days per week for 1 year.


We’re very proud of our excellent equine facilities here at Plumpton. Lots of space and excellent facilities, you’ll get to enjoy lots of hands-on time with our horses as well as building your knowledge of this fascinating industry.

  • Come and visit our two large schools here at Plumpton

We’ve got two large indoor schools on-site, complete with galleries, for you to enjoy during your course.

  • Lots of space for you to enjoy outdoors at our extensive estate

You’ll be able to use our 30m x 60m outdoor menege during your course in addition to stabling for 50 horses.

  • A variety of horses for you to experience and enjoy

We make sure that you get to work with and ride a variety of different horses throughout your time at Plumpton including Shire horses.

  • The latest equine facilities are available on-site

Keep up with the latest technologies introduced in the industry. You’ll get to experience equipment such as a cross-country course, treadmill and weigh bridge.

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: 16 October 2017
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    • The main Plumpton College site is located at the foot of the picturesque South Downs National Park. Six miles from Lewes, the County Town of East Sussex.

      The College specialises in providing a wide range of land-based courses in partnership with schools, for those in further education and for those in higher education. The College degree courses are validated by the University of Brighton.

      The range of courses cover all land-based provision including Agriculture, Horticulture, Floristry, Equine, Agricultural and Horticultural Machinery, Metalsmithing, Animal Care, Countryside Management, Forestry and Arboriculture, Sports (Outdoor Adventure) and Wine and Viticulture.