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Level 2 Technical Certificate in Horse Care

About the Course

This course will enable you to develop your practical skills in riding or stud work, reinforced by the study of equine theory. This course is more practical and less academic than some of the other courses.

Areas of Study

Horse grooming, trimming and plaiting, horse tack and clothing, feeding and watering horses, introduction to lunging, horse handling, work-related experience, riding horses. This list is not exhaustive.

English and Maths skills will be developed throughout your course, which will help to improve your employability.

Entry Requirements

The following information provides students with the entry requirements for this particular course.

  • 4 GCSEs at Grade 9-3 or A*-D
  • Minimum of Grade 3 GCSE or Grade D in English and Maths
  • Satisfactory references from most recent School / College / Employer

Please note:
Other Equine qualifications will be considered, such as Pony club qualifications C+ and above or British Horse Society Stage 1 qualification.

Extensive Equine facilities

Our Equine Training and Development Centre situated on Cow Watering Lane offers extensive facilities to optimise the student experience

  • Around 70 Horses on campus
  • Equine Academy Centre
  • Three Indoor Riding Arenas (24m x 60m), (24m x 55m), (22m x 22m)
  • Oval Horse Walker
  • Mechanical Horse
  • Equine Water Treadmill
  • Therapy Barns
  • Outdoor Arena (20m x 60m)
  • Stabling for 92 horses
  • Semen collection area
  • Classrooms

Due to changes in the facility to benefit the student experience, from the 2022/2023 academic year we will no longer foal mares on campus; we will however retain youngstock and our pony stallions. Students interested in gaining specific foaling-related stud duties will be supported to gain experience with industry partners.

Our enhanced facility now has increased grazing for all horses allowing more students the opportunity to bring their own horses to university as well as additional space for events and commercial partnerships.

For more details please email the equine resource team, equineresourceteam@writtle.ac.uk

Work Placements

A minimum of 150 hours must be completed at a work placement within the horse industry. Our Industrial Liaison Officer will help you find a suitable placement and will visit you at your placement to monitor your progress. This is in addition to yard duties at the Equine Training and Development Centre and Lordships Stud, which ensure your training is standardised, meeting University College and awarding body criteria.

Method of Assessment

You will be assessed in a variety of ways
  • practical assessments
  • worksheets
  • questions
  • projects
  • poster
  • written assignments
  • presentations and exams

As a guide, you should plan to undertake an additional four hours of study, outside of college study, per week in order to complete your assessment work.

After Completion of Your Course...

You will be well-placed to find a job in the industry, which requires 'hands-on' practical skills.