Level 2 Technical Certificate

Horse Care

Also offered at Croft End and Burrow’s Lane

This course is designed to introduce you to the many career options within the equestrian industry. You will develop the knowledge and practical skills you’ll need to work within the industry.

You will work with horses in a safe environment, complete work experience and enjoy study trips – great preparation for your next steps in study or employment.

Course includes

What will I study?

  • Health and Safety
  • Equine Health and Welfare
  • Working in Equine Industry
  • Horse Tack and Equipment
  • Routine Stable Duties
  • Feeding and Watering Horses
  • Horse Handling and Grooming
  • Introduction to Lungeing
  • Equine Anatomy and Physiology
  • Work Placement (150 hours)
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 1 year, 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.

Additional qualifications

You will also have the opportunity to gain certificates in:

  • Volunteering/working within the community
  • BHS progressive tests (1-6) and other 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 2018 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 1,400 students each day from a wide area. From September 2018 all college bus routes to Reaseheath will be FREE. To find 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.

Student Profile
Laura Lehwald

Ambition: Travelling racehorse groom

School: Wellington School, Altrincham

Age: 17

Laura’s keen to get a good career in the equestrian industry and she’s looked at lots of different options while at college.

She’s completed work experience with respected showjumper John Shaw, helping with both the livery and riding school parts of his business, and has also joined our arena party at the Bolesworth International showjumping competition and at Bradwall Horse Trials.

Inspired by our links with the Cheshire Racing Hub, which promotes careers locally within the racehorse industry, Laura now hopes to work as a racehorse groom. This could lead to extensive travel to racing fixtures, both at home and abroad.

Along with her college course, Laura has continued to work at the equestrian centre where she originally learned to ride. She enjoys teaching children so has also considered instructing as a career.

Moving on to our Level 3 Extended Diploma, Laura says: “Working with horses can be physically hard but very rewarding. You learn a lot at Reaseheath because you’re dealing with different horses in different situations but the staff are always there to help if you need them”.