Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Horse Care and Management
About this course

The Equine industry covers a wide range of areas including: riding schools, livery yards, competition yards, racing yards, clubs and hunts, instructors, working horses and studs and diversified Equine activities.

It is the view of the Equine industry that because of the nature of their business, work-based learning through apprenticeships is a good way for apprentices to learn the necessary skills required to work in a practical environment.

Job roles at Level 3 (Advanced Apprenticeship) may include: Groom, Assistant Yard Manager, Trek Leader, and Intermediate Instructor/Level 3 Coach.

Tasks undertaken by apprentices will vary depending on the level and sector in which they are employed.

What will I learn?

What is included in the framework?

• Competence - Level 3 Diploma in Work Based Horse Care & Management
• Knowledge - Level 3 Award in Business management for the Environment and Land Based Sector
• Skills Element - Level 2 Functional Skills English
• Skills Element - Level 2Functional Skills Maths
• Employment Rights and Responsibilities
• Personal Learning Thinking Skills



Entry requirements

Minimum Level 1 or GCSE grade D in Maths and English. All applicants will be required to pass initial assessments in Maths and English.  Merit or Distinction in a related subject at Level 2.

Study, assessment and qualifications

Method of Delivery

The Competence and Knowledge Elements will be assessed in the workplace and at College using evidence to build a portfolio.

Functional Skills will generally be delivered at our Wiltshire College Lackham, Salisbury or Trowbridge campus sites. Evidence of GCSE Grades C+ may mean that the Functional Skills elements will not need to be completed.

A mixture of on and off the job training provides a variety of learning opportunities across the whole programme and the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context.

On completion of the apprenticeship the apprentice must be able to undertake the full range of duties, in the range of circumstances appropriate to the job, confidently and competently to the standard set by the industry


Additional costs and information


24 months

What could I do next?

Apprentices successfully completing the Advanced Apprenticeship have opportunities to progress within the industry by continuing onto a Foundation Degree in Equine Management or other Higher Education or Management Training courses.

Apprenticeships and Adult Education Funded Courses
The College’s Adult funded courses and apprenticeships prior to 1st May 2017 and apprenticeships with non-levy paying employers post 1st May 2017, are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and part financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce.