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Equine Care (Level 2)

This study programme will provide you with an excellent foundation in the basic principles of horse care, and will equip you with the practical skills required to work in the horse industry. Units of study on the programme will also provide you with underpinning knowledge of horse anatomy, physiology and health and welfare. The Equine Centre here at College has a wide range of horses for you to ride and care for, and our qualified, experienced teaching staff will help you develop your skills and knowledge. The College yard is set in an ideal environment, with two indoor schools and access to bridleways.

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need... 

Duration: 1 year 
  • 3 GCSEs grades 9–3 ideally including English & maths OR 
  • Equine Care at Level 1 

Duration: 2 years

  • 3 GCSEs grades 9–1 ideally including English & maths  and a keen interest in horse care 
  • Other relevant levels of qualifications or experience will be considered.

If you want to take the riding option of this programme you will be required to participate in a riding assessment. Please note that the riding centre has a 13 stone weight limit.

Course content

The programme will enable you to develop your skills in all areas of equine care, including handling, grooming and feeding.  You will also learn how to fit and use a range of tack and equipment. There is an emphasis on equine health, welfare and behaviour, along with gaining an understanding of equine anatomy and physiology. There are both riding and non-riding options available. Throughout the study programme you will continue to develop your skills in English and maths to assist you with progression to further study or employment.

Mandatory units:

  • Health and safety for land-based industries
  • Equine health and welfare
  • Working in the equine industry
  • Horse tack and equipment
  • Undertake routine stable duties
  • The principles of feeding and watering horses
  • Horse handling and grooming
  • Introduction to lungeing horses

Specialist units may include:

  • Introduction to equine anatomy and physiology
  • Principles of horse behaviour
  • Riding horses under supervision

  • English and maths:
    If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills. 
  • Work experience:
    You will be required to participate in weekend yard duties every third week to enable you to develop and apply practical skills in a realistic working environment. There will be a two week work placement with a suitable equestrian provider to give valuable experience within sectors of the industry you may wish to work.​
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications

Assessment methods

You will be assessed by a variety of methods including assignments, presentations and practical assessments. There are externally set and marked assessments for the mandatory units. This includes an externally set and moderated assignment and two externally set and marked exams, sat under examination conditions.


Equine Care City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate

Plus English and maths qualifications if required

Further study and career options

On successful completion of this study programme you may wish to apply for further full-time programmes. Along with GCSEs, this study programme will enable you to progress to the Equine Care & Management Advanced (Level 3).

Additional information

If commuting to Shuttleworth College will be difficult for you, then you can choose to live in our halls of residence on campus. Priority is given to those who live the furthest distance from the College so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment. Visit our accommodation page for more information -

This course will involve a lot of physical activity and outdoor work. To take part in this course you may have to pay up to £200 for protective clothing unless you already have them. This will include boots, hat, body protector and gloves etc.

Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at

Course Information & How to Apply

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

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1 year or 2 years 13/09/2021 Launch our fee calculator Free for most people.
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