Equine Studies


Course Title: Level 1 Introduction to Horse Care
Course Code: EQ221

Department: Equine Studies
Course Type: Full time

This course has been developed for students interested in working with horses. It is an introductory level course that is designed to help you to develop a range of horse care skills.

The work will mainly be practical, with some theory sessions to provide the underpinning knowledge of equine care. Work experience at our yard develops employability skills and an external work placement also strengthens the opportunities to work with industry employers to be actively involved in commercial environments. Guest speakers and visits also enhance the students experience whilst on a study programme with us here at Kingston Maurward. The course supports students wishing to work in this chosen area, it also allows progression on to other qualifications, such as an Intermediate Apprenticeship training programme or Level 2 Technical Certificate in Equine Care.



C&G Level 1 Diploma in Work Based Horse Care and Riding

Course Content

Units include:
Stable management,
Feed and water horses
Horse handling
Tack and equipment
Functional skills in Literacy, Numeracy and IT
Riding and positional work
One week external work placement in industry

Entry Requirements

GCSEs at Grade 1/2 or F or above in English, maths, science and one other. You must have some experience of working with horses and lots of stamina! A genuine interest and enthusiasm for horses is essential and you must be prepared to work outside in all weathers.

Basic riding skills, to include being competent in walk, trot and canter.

Please note that the Equine Academy has a riding weight limit of 13 stone 5lbs (85kg) for all riders.

Next Steps

Intermediate Apprenticeship in Equine
Level 2 Technical Certificate in Equine Care

Career Opportunities

Further training can lead to employment as:
Livery Yard Assistant
Riding School Assistant
Retail Assistant in an equine equipment shop
Horse Groom
Horse Welfare Assistant