Level 2 Extended Certificate

Horse Care

Our Extended Certificate offers you an insight into horse care. An ideal pathway if you’re looking to try out a shorter course before committing to a full programme of study.

Practical and theory sessions are balanced to strengthen your skills and understanding of areas such as horse handling, feeding and watering and tack and equipment. You’ll also take part in vital routine stable duties in our fully equipped Equestrian Centre.

Course includes

What will I study?

How long will it take?

  • 12 weeks, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Groom
  • Riding schools and livery yards
  • Competition yards – eventing, show jumping, dressage, showing
  • Racing industry

Please note: Acceptance onto riding units is subject to assessment and weight limit of 13 stone.

Additonal qualifications

You will also have the opportunity to gain certificates in:

  • Minimising risks whilst working in the Equine industry
  • Volunteering/working within the community
  • Introductory Bronze, Silver and Gold award in Equitation
  • Introductory Bronze, Silver and Gold in Horse Husbandry
  • BHS qualifications
Industry mentors

Rachael Thompson – NAF Area Sales Manager 

NAF (Natural Animal Feeds)  is one of the most respected and well known brand of supplement for horses in the UK and is an official supplier to the British Equestrian Team. As area sales manager for NAF Rachael is responsible for overseeing all sales operations within the North West. Rachael is also a well respected BHS assistant instructor and former eventer.

Heather Klimczak – Newcastle Equine Laundry

Heather is the owner of Newcastle Equine Laundry, a commercial equine and pet based laundry in Newcastle, Staffordshire. Her family run business offers a professional cleaning, re-proofing, repair and alteration service as well as selling a range of saddlery, feed, shaving and supplements.

Heather has a BSc in Equine Science and a wealth of equine experience across many disciplines.

Click here to read all about our industry mentors.

Useful information

Livery packages at Reaseheath Equestrian Centre

We offer a range of livery packages from full working livery to DIY livery with a stable management option. To find out more about our livery packages visit the livery pages on our website.

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2016 the tuition fees and exam costs are free for our courses. If you are aged 19 or over you may have to pay a fee.

You may also be required to pay costs associated with study tours or additional qualifications.

For more information on fees and to find out about what financial support may be available to you visit the student finance pages on our website.


Our college buses pick up over 1,000 students each day from a wide area. The cost of daily transport is subsidised if travelling on the College bus service. To find out the cost of transport and a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.


At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for 785 students. If you are aged over 16 and studying on a full-time course you may apply for a residential place. Visit the accommodation pages on our website for more information.

How do I apply?

If you have found a course you are interested in and are in Year 11 or above you can apply now online. For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find out more information about this course on our FAQs page.