Level 2 Technical Certificate

Horse Care

Also offered at Croft End

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.

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 Lunging
  • 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 a rider assessment, click here for further information.

Ambition: Travelling racehorse groom

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”.