Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Horse Care
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

Due to the nature of equine business, a work based learning through apprentivceship is a good way for apprentices to learn the necessary skills required to work in a practical environment


Job roles at Level 2 (Intermediate aprpenticeship) may include:

  • Assistant Groom
  • Assistant Stud/Groom Hand
  • Trek Assistant

This programme covers a range of skills and related practices required to work in the equine industry. This qualification will form part of the apprenticeship framework for Horse Care. It is a work-related, competence-based qualification. It reflects the skills and knowledge needed to do a job effectively, and shows that a learner is competent in the area of work the qualification represents.


The different routes available within this qualification are:

  • Horse Care
  • Horse Care and Riding
  • Breeding

Apprentices will work alongside experienced personnel to gain much of their knowledge, supplemented by study at college.


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

What will I learn?

The Programme Structure is made up of the following mandatory units:

  • Level 2 Award in Business for the Environment and Land-based Sector
  • Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Horse Care (Horse Care)

Mandatory course content includes:

  • Clean and maintain stables
  • Provide feed and water to horses
  • Carry out routine care and monitor the health and well-being of horses
  • Restrain horses using specified methods
  • Monitoring and maintaining health and safety
  • Maintain and develop personal performance
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others

As well as a range of optional units which will be selected in consultation with your assessor.

Entry requirements

3 GCSE’s at A-E, including English and Math’s.

You will need to secure employment for a minimum of 30 hours a week in the industry.

Study, assessment and qualifications

Duration - minimum 18 months

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.

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.

Additional costs and information
What could I do next?

On completion of the Intermediate 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.

You may wish to progress to a Level 3 (Advanced) qualification.

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.