Level 3 Work-Based Diploma in Horse Care - Writtle University College

Level 3 Work-Based Diploma in Horse Care

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About the Course

This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to work effectively as an assistant supervisor at an equine establishment. This course is studied preferably as an Advanced Apprenticeship or occasionally as a 'Stand Alone' qualification.

Areas of Study

In depth study of the monitoring and routine care of horses, competition fittening programmes, schooling, general exercising and also non-riding options such as Care of the Performance Horse.

Entry Requirements

The following information provides students with the entry requirements for this particular course.
  • 5 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 or Grade A* to C
  • Must include English, Maths and Science
  • 5 Days of work placement in an equine related establishment and a satisfactory reference from them
  • Satisfactory references from most recent School / College / Employer
Please note:
Alternative qualifications or experience will be considered on application.

Work Placements

You will need to be employed in the equine industry in an approved workplace. You will receive regular visits from trained College staff who will monitor your progress. Advanced Apprentices if aged 16-18 are exempt from the national minimum wage, if aged 19+ at the start of the scheme, then are exempt from the minimum wage for the first 12 months.

Method of Assessment

You will receive continuous assessment in the workplace by a qualified Assessor who will visit every two months to monitor progress and complete planned assessments.

After Completion of Your Course...

Upon completion, students can progress to BHS Stages 3 or 4. You will also have the skills required to work as an assistant yard manager or assistant stud manager.

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Study Mode - Part-time

Course Length
Stand alone - 18 months
Apprenticeship - Up to two years

You will need...

To be working in the industry and hold a Level 2 Horse Care qualification.




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