Equine Studies


Course Title: Level 2 Technical Certificate in Equine Care
Course Code: EQ216

Department: Equine Studies
Course Type: Full time

This course is an excellent choice for those that have some experience of equitation and horse care and is an ideal introduction for school leavers wishing to pursue a career working with horses.
Kingston Maurward College has fabulous facilities, well qualified and experienced staff which combine to develop your knowledge and skills, equipping you for a rewarding career in the equine industry.
Included in the course is a balance of practical instruction and theory sessions and English and maths GCSEs, should a grade 4 not yet be achieved. You will be involved in the daily care of the horses during yard duties, assisting with our competitions and ridings school at the weekends when on duty and you will take part in two weeks off site work experience, within the equine industry, to gain plenty of practical experience and essential employability skills vital for progression after you studies.
As a British Horse Society (BHS) examination centre, we encourage students to take relevant exams and the course content is applicable to the BHS exam system.
Whenever possible trips are arranged for example, to Badminton Horse Trials, Olympia. There are also visiting equine experts, masterclasses and visits to a variety of equine establishments to help develop our students’ knowledge and experience of this vast industry.



C&G Level 2 Technical Extended Certificate in Equine Care

Course Content

Units include:
Equine health and welfare
Working in the Equine industry which will include 1 day a week at an external work placement.
Horse tack and equipment
Routine stable duties
The principles of feeding and watering horses
Horse handling and grooming
Introduction to lungeing horses
Riding horses under supervision
Equine health and safety
Yard duties on a rota basis 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

4 GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English, maths and science. Alternatively a successful completion of a Level 1 course in a relevant vocational subject area to include English and maths at a minimum of grade 3 or successful completion of English and maths Functional skills, to at least Level 1. You must have experience working with horses, a genuine interest and enthusiasm for horses is also essential. Riding ability demonstrated at interview needs to be BHS stage 1 level to include the ability to ride over poles and basic jumping over individual fences from trot and canter at up to 70 cm. The Equine Academy has a weight limit of 85kg (13 Stone 5 llbs) for all riders.

Next Steps

Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Equine Management Intermediate Apprenticeship in Equine

Career Opportunities

Livery yard assistant Riding school assistant Retail assistant in an equine equipment shop Horse groom Equine welfare assistant

Dates & Fees

Start Date End Date Start Time End Time Mode of Attendance Days of the Week No of sessions
08-Sep-20 26-Jun-21 9.15 a.m. 4.45 p.m. Full time Tue, Wed, 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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