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Level 2 Technical Certificate in Equine Care

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Course Description

Have you always had a passion for horses? Would you love to work in the Equine Care sector and work with horses every day? Come and study in our incredible 70-acre woodland setting and prepare for the many diverse businesses and employment opportunities within this sector, for example at riding schools, livery yards, competition yards, trekking centres, breeders, trainers, welfare charities and freelance services.

You may choose a job where riding is involved, or you may choose a non-riding role, for example in retail, manufacturing or event management. There are also many allied businesses such as membership bodies, professional associations or those involved with education and training.

Working with horses is extremely rewarding, but it can require hard work, with long hours. Dedication and enthusiasm to the role are key to your success.

This course is taught at our Middleton campus, located in Middleton, Greater Manchester.


City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate in Equine Care

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs grade D/3 or above to include English and Maths and Science.

If you have not attained GCSE grades 4-9 in English and Maths, you will automatically be enrolled in classes to work towards these qualifications at an appropriate level to suit your ability.

Some riding experience is essential.

You are responsible for having your own riding hat that is up to industry standard for example: PAS 015 (1998 or 2011) and BSI kitemarked) and smooth-soled riding boots.


This Level 2 course covers the skills you need to progress to further learning and training, or to start your career working in the equine industry.

Topics on this course include:

  • Health and safety for the land-based industries
  • Working in the equine industry
  • Equine health and welfare
  • Horse tack and equipment
  • Undertake routine stable duties
  • The principles of feeding and watering horses
  • Horse handling and grooming
  • Introduction to lungeing horses

You will then have the choice of studying some of the following options:

  • Equine anatomy and physiology
  • Riding horses on the flat
  • Riding horses for exercise

Your optional units may help with your progression onto the Level 3 Technical qualifications where there may be further specialist options for you to choose from.

You will get lots of practice and support to enable you to develop the required skills and knowledge to prepare you for the learning and end assessment.

Work Experience

You will complete 150 hours of work experience which will form part of your timetabled sessions. You will be working 1 day a week all year at a local riding centre.


Once you've completed this qualification, you have demonstrated to an employer that you have the necessary technical skills and knowledge they are looking for when recruiting for a Junior Groom or Junior Equine Retail Assistant

You could go on to study a Level 3 college-based qualification such as Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate in Equine Management over one year or Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Equine Management (1080) over two years.

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