Level 1 Certificate in

Equine Skills

This course introduces you to the basics of horse care. It’s a great stepping stone for people who are keen to work with horses, but don’t have previous experience.

Our expert staff will help you learn skills in handling horses, grooming and general horse care. There’ll also be opportunities to learn about stable management, ride the mechanical horse and take part in college competitions.

What will I study?

  • Stable management
  • Off-site visits
  • Horse husbandry
  • Health and Safety
  • Preparation for interview
  • Work experience
  • Personal development classes
  • Job applications and course applications
  • You will complete a 3 week work placement
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications


  • Riding (enrichment only)

How long will it take?

  • 1 year, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • Flexible entry requirements which may mean some GCSEs at grades 1-3
  • You will have at least one interview and an assessment of your literacy and numeracy and support needs before you are offered a place

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Assistant groom at riding school or livery yard
  • Groom or assistant groom across a range of equine establishments

Please note: acceptance onto riding units is subject to a rider assessment, click here for further information.