Level 1 Diploma in Land-Based Studies - Horse Care


Hadlow Campus

Start Date


This one-year course is designed to provide a basic foundation in horse care.

The following are examples of some of the topics students can expect to study within the course:

• Safe and effective procedures in land-based industries
• Develop performance in land-based industries
• Assist with feeding and watering animals
• Assist with the preparation for exercise and after care of horses
• Maintain the health of horses
• Functional skills/GCSE - English and maths
• Work experience

A choice of either:

• Exercise horses under supervision Or
• Assist with the handling and restraint of horses

Short multiple choice examinations, plus a short portfolio of evidence will be marked by an internal and external examiner.

Successful students can further enhance their skills by enrolling onto a Level 2 course. Typical employers include competition centres, yards, research centres, feed manufacturers, event management agencies, equine welfare organisations, riding schools, racing yards, studs and equine veterinary clinics.

In addition to standard College equipment, students will need a BSI approved riding hat, riding boots, gloves, jodhpurs, plain navy blue jumper or sweatshirt, whip and a grooming kit.

If the riding option is selected, students may choose to wear a back/body protector.

    Hadlow Campus

  • 1 Year

    Full time

  • free for 16-18 year olds

  • 19+ FEES


  • Awarding body

    Pearson Education Ltd (Formerly EDEXCEL)

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of two GCSEs at D-E / 3-2 Grade or equivalent (Entry level 3).

You should also have a keen interest in the subject and demonstrate a commitment to the curriculum area.

Students who wish to take the riding option will need at least 3 months’ experience of riding a horse and pass a riding assessment at the College, prior to starting the course in September.