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Horse Care Apprenticeship Level 2 at Bedford College

Course description

This Apprenticeship is ideal if you prefer to learn and develop your skills in the workplace – you will be employed within a suitable equestrian establishment, in which you will earn a salary while attending College one day a week. The course will take you up to 18 months to complete. The course will combine practical hands-on experience in the workplace with the knowledge and understanding gained through College, and is a great opportunity if you are motivated to work and train with experienced professionals in the workplace. You will also have the opportunity to undertake additional training to ensure that you have the necessary qualifications to work in the equine industry.

Course content

During the course you will be provided with a wide range of units to study with a choice of pathways to suit your interests and experience. You will have the option to take either the 'care only' or the 'riding and care' pathway through the course.

You will study a number of core units that you will need to achieve (including monitoring health, and feeding and watering horses), with the addition of a range of optional units that can be tailored to suit your specific needs. These units will include working horses from the ground, preparation for competition, care of performance horses and transporting horses.

You will study to achieve the following qualifications:

  • Work-based Horse Care Level 2 Diploma
  • Horse Care BHEST Level 2 Certificate
  • English Functional Skills Level 1
  • Maths Functional Skills Level 2
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities.

Entry requirements

To begin this course you will need a 3 GCSEs including English and Maths. You must also be committed to working a minimum of 30 hours per week in a suitable equestrian setting. Completion of a competency assessment will also be required prior to starting the course.


You will be assessed through compiling a portfolio of work-based evidence. The BHEST and Functional Skills qualifications will be assessed via an online test.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of this Apprenticeship you will be well-prepared to find further employment in the equine industry, or you can progress to the Horse Management Level 3 Apprenticeship.

Further information

To take part in this course you will need to wear clothing suitable for working with horses, including hat, gloves and stout boots.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bedford College directly.

Last updated date: 05 February 2016
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