This study programme will provide you with an excellent foundation in the basic principles of horse care, and will equip you with the practical skills required to work in the horse industry. Units of study on the programme will also provide you with underpinning knowledge of horse anatomy, physiology and health and welfare. The Equine Centre here at College has a wide range of horses for you to ride and care for, and our qualified, experienced teaching staff will help you develop your skills and knowledge. The College yard is set in an ideal environment, with two indoor schools and access to bridleways.
To begin this study programme you will need...
Duration: 1 Year
- 3 GCSEs at grades A*-D or 9-3 ideally including English and maths
Duration: 2 Years
- Equivalent Level 1 Diploma with Functional Skills
- 3 GCSEs at grades A*-G or 9-1 ideally including English and maths, and a keen interest in horse care. Other relevant levels of qualifications or experience will be considered.
The programme will enable you to develop your skills in all areas of equine care, including handling, grooming and feeding. You will also learn how to fit and use a range of tack and equipment. There is an emphasis on equine health, welfare and behaviour, along with gaining an understanding of equine anatomy and physiology. There are both riding and non-riding options available. Throughout the study programme you will continue to develop your skills in English and maths to assist you with progression to further study or employment.
- Health and safety for land-based industries
- Equine health and welfare
- Working in the equine industry
- Horse tack and equipment
- Undertake routine stable duties
- The principles of feeding and watering horses
- Horse handling and grooming
- Introduction to lungeing horses
Specialist units may include:
- Introduction to equine anatomy and physiology
- Principles of horse behaviour
- Riding horses under supervision
- English and maths:
If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills.
- Work experience:
You will be required to participate in weekend yard duties every third week to enable you to develop and apply practical skills in a realistic working environment. There is also a requirement to complete 150 hours of work experience.
- Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills
- Additional vocational learning and qualifications:
You will be assessed by a variety of methods including assignments, presentations and practical assessments. There are externally set and marked assessments for the mandatory units. This includes an externally set and moderated assignment and two externally set and marked exams, sat under examination conditions.
Equine Care City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate
- English and maths skills
- Work experience
- Personal development skills
- Study skills
- Employability skills
Further study and career options
On successful completion of this study programme you may wish to apply for further full-time programmes. Along with GCSEs, this study programme will enable you to progress to the Equine Care & Management Advanced (Level 3).
If commuting to Shuttleworth College will be difficult for you, then you can choose to live in our halls of residence on campus. Priority is given to those who live the furthest distance from the College so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment. Visit our accommodation page for more information - www.shuttleworth.ac.uk/accommodation.
This course will involve a lot of physical activity and outdoor work. To take part in this course there will be an additional fee of up to approximately £25 for required clothing/uniform, £241 for personal equipment (such as riding hat, riding boots etc.) and £21 for any trips/visits. If you are aged 16-18, tuition fees, exam fees and College membership are free. However, there are additional costs associated with some courses. For example, you may be required to purchase specialist uniforms, equipment or books.
All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at www.bedford.ac.uk/finance