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Level 2 Diploma In Horse Care

Equestrian Studies
Equestrian Studies
Equestrian Studies

Enhancing your practical skills and subsequent employability, this course is ideal for those students seeking a career in the horse industry or who wish to progress onto a higher level course. You will learn how to handle and work with a variety of horses and equipment. In addition to the highly practical content, you will study horse behaviour and welfare, nutrition and have the opportunity to learn how to correctly exercise a horse on the flat, if this option is chosen.

Course Duration:

Full Time

College Attendance:

1 year, 5 days a week (including early morning or afternoon duties each week) plus work experience.


Hadlow Campus

Royal Borough of Greenwich Equestrian Skills and Riding Centre

Course Content:

  • Carry out and understand the principles of feeding and watering
  • Understand the principles of horse biology
  • Introduction to lunging horses
  • Introduction to the principles of horse behaviour
  • Undertake horse handling
  • Undertake routine stable duties
  • Undertake work-related work experience in the land based sector
  • A choice of either:
    • Introduction to riding horses on the flat
    • Maintain animal health and welfare
  • Functional skills/GCSE - English and Maths

Assessment Method:

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

Entry Requirements:

Minimum of 4 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.

Additional Experience:

Some experience of handling horses is required. Students who wish to take the riding option will need at least three months experience of riding horses, and pass a riding assessment at the College prior to starting the course in September.

Progression Routes:

Successful students can further enhance their skills by enrolling onto a work-based qualification, Apprenticeship or the Level 3. Alternatively, should they wish to do so, they may gain employment in the equine industry as a groom, stable hand, retail assistant, rider or welfare assistant.

Additional Learning Opportunities:

Students will have the opportunity to undertake additional short qualifications as part of their course and vocational qualifications such as the BHS examinations. These are designed to support future careers and are highly recognised by industry.

Additional Industry Experiences:

Students benefit from field trips to a variety of equine events. In the past, these have included the New Forest and the King’s Troop. Students also get the opportunity to compete or help at College-run shows using our horses and resources.

Specialist Equipment Needed

In addition to standard college equipment, students will need a BSI approved riding hat, riding boots, gloves, jodhpurs, plain navy blue jumpers or sweatshirts, whip and a grooming kit. If the riding option is selected, students may choose to wear a back/bodyprotector.

Available Clothing

Equine Tie

Equine Jacket

Equine Polo Shirt

Equine Sweatshirt


  • 64 horses, a number of which are ex-competition, including foals and stallions
  • 2 indoor arenas, one of which is international size (35m x 60m)
  • Outdoor manege (40m x 50m)
  • Extensive cross country courses including water jumps, coffins and banks
  • Show jumping paddock and jumping lane
  • Horse weighbridge, high speed treadmill, horse walker and stocks
  • Science laboratories
  • Recognised competition and BHS examination centre

Typical Employers

Competition centres, yards, research centres, feed manufacturers, event management agencies, equine welfare organisations, riding schools, racing yards, studs and equine veterinary clinics.

Industry Links

Students at Hadlow receive a 5% discount at Speedgate Saddlery. Students also benefit from strong links with international competition riders, the Society of Master Saddlers, Ken Lyndon-Dykes and the partnership with Bell Equine veterinary practice.

Please note that all programme specifications and course modules are subject to annual change.

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