Equine Studies


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

Department: Equine Studies
Course Type: Full time

This one year, introductory level course has been developed for students interested in working with horses and is designed to help you to develop a range of basic horse care skills and riding skills. Functional skills or GCSE maths and English are included,where appropriate, work experience, yard duties, trips and guest speakers are also part of this varied study programme.

The course is a good balance of practical sessions and theory sessions to provide the underpinning knowledge of equine care and riding. Work experience at Manor stables develops core employability skills, efficiency and teamwork and a two week external work placement also strengthens the opportunities to work with industry employers and to be actively involved in a commercial environment. Successful completion of this study programme 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

Work experience at Manor stables throughout the year
Two weeks external work experience
English and maths if a grade 4 is yet to be achieved

Entry Requirements

GCSEs at Grade 1/2 or above in English, maths, science and one other. You must have had some experience of working with horses, ride competantly in walk, trot and canter, have a genuine interest and enthusiasm for horses and you must be prepared to work outside in all weathers. Please note that the Equine Academy has a riding weight limit of 13 stone 5lbs (85kg) for all riders.

Next Steps

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

Dates & Fees

Start Date End Date Start Time End Time Mode of Attendance Days of the Week No of sessions
07-Sep-20 25-Jun-21 9.15 a.m. 4.45 p.m. Full time Mon, Thu, Fri
Total Fee Full Cost Total Fee 19-23 Total Fee 24+

Additional Costs

Kingston Maurward College Equine Uniform which includes polo shirts, sweatshirts and jackets, which is worn at all times whilst at college. Contribution to study trips BHS exams entry costs, which is optional for those who wish to gain another internationally recognised qualification alongside their vocational studies

Location & Contact Details


Kingston Maurward College Main Campus | Directions


Course Helpline 01305 215215

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Materials Required

Basic stationery - pens, pencils, A4 lever arch files, ruler, eraser and back pack. Riding hat PAS 015 navy or black cover, body protector BS1,hairnets for hair longer than collar length, schooling whip and jump whip. Navy yard overalls, waterproof trousers and steel toe capped wellington or yard boots. Navy, black or brown jodhpurs or breeches (no leggings or running tights), black or brown long leather riding boots or jodhpur boots and leather gaiters. Suitable navy or black base layers for cold weather.


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