Level 2 Technical in Horse Care


Hadlow Campus

Start Date


This is a one-year, full time course consisting of a range of subjects that enable students to achieve a sound foundation in equine studies preparing them for employment or apprenticeships within the industry. The course offers students exceptional opportunity to gain hands on experience to develop their practical skills in horse husbandry and riding.

The course structure comprises a range of units designed to provide students with a sound understanding of the principals of horse care. There are mandatory units and a choice between two optional units.

The following titles are an example of some of the topics students can expect to study within the course:

• Equine tack and equipment
• Introduction to biology and health
• Equine work placement
• Principles of working with horses
• Equine preparation and plaiting
• Practical yard duties
• Practical equine behaviour
• Riding horses on the flat
• Functional skills/GCSE - English and maths

Duties: Morning and afternoon duties are a vital and obligatory part of this course.

Students are assessed throughout the course using assignments, tests, practical observations and external assessments. Students are expected to relate theory to practice in all assessments.

On successful completion of this course, students may progress directly into the equine industry to begin roles such as; groom, stable hand, retail assistant or welfare assistant. 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. Students may also choose to apply to continue their education through a Level 3 qualification.

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 four GCSEs C-D / 4-3 Grade or equivalent (Level 1 Diploma), which must include GCSE in English OR maths A-D / 9-3 Grade or equivalent. Students who wish to take the riding option will need at least 6 months’ experience of riding a horse and pass a riding assessment at the College, prior to starting the course in September.