Advanced Apprenticeship in Equine

About the course

This programme is suitable for those employed in a supervisory capacity within the sector, seeking to progress to a higher level of qualification.

Through College attendance on a day release basis, candidates will receive high quality training and development combined with the awareness of the commercial attributes and skills required to run and work within a successful equine business. The Intermediate Apprenticeship seeks to encourage excellence and raise standards within the industry through developing highly skilled and employable staff.

Programme Length

Candidates will be required to attend Myerscough College (Preston Campus) one day per week and will undertake training and assessment over a minimum* of 24 months, dependent on initial assessment.

*Minimum durations apply for 16 – 18 year old. 19 + learners can apply for accredited prior learning which may reduce the duration. Funding rules dictate a minimum of 12 months duration.


Work Based blended delivery programme consisting predominantly of on-site training and assessment within the workplace, supported by off-site technical training at Myerscough College one day per week during term time. Course teaching, learning and assessment is enhanced through the effective use of e portfolio and distance learning resources to ensure flexible delivery is responsive to learner, employer and situational needs.

Programme Structure

The Apprenticeship is made up of a number of different nationally recognised qualifications:

Competence Qualification:

· Level 3 Diploma in Work-based Horse Care and Riding

(3 modules from Group A and 3 modules from Group B required)

Knowledge Based Qualification

· Level 3 Award in Business Management for the Environment and Land-based Sector

Functional Skills:

· Level 2 English

· Level 2 Mathematics

Employee Rights and Responsibilities

· Delivered and assessed through a workbook

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

· Assessment and recognition through a Record of Achievement

Additional Employer Requirements:

· First Aid Certificate

Course modules

Competence Qualification

Receive a horse and carry out an initial assessment

Plan diets and implement feeding regimes for horses

Monitor and maintain stocks of feed and bedding

Promote the health and wellbeing of horses

Deliver basic health care treatment to horses

Promote, monitor and maintain health and safety and security of the workplace

Manage your own resources

Group A - Ride horses and exercise

Group A - Ride and lead horses for exercise

Group A - Jump schooled horses to maintain training

Group A - Lead a horse trek

Group B - Seek advice and help for the business

Group B - Improving the quality of products and services

Group B - Impact of the environment on the business

Group B - Prepare wages

Group B - Care for horses after competition

Group B - Escort horses to competition

Group B - Prepare and maintain grazing land for horses

Group B - Plan monitor and evaluate the transportation of animals

Group B - Tack up horses for specialist work

Group B - Contribute to training of horses from the ground

Group B - Introduce young horses to equipment

Group B - Keep financial records

Group B - Carry out pre and post horse trek activities

Group B - Exercise and improve the performance of horses using lunging or long reigning

Knowledge Qualification

City and Guilds Level 3 Award in Business Management

Functional Skills

Level 2 English

Level 2 Mathematics

Additional Qualification(s)

First Aid Certificate

Employee Rights and Responsibilities

Delivered and assessed through a workbook

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Assessment and recognition through a Record of Achievement

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

Entry onto the apprenticeship is subject to a thorough initial assessment to clarify course appropriateness. Entrants must have the ability to achieve Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Mathematics and be able to cope with the Level 3 vocational qualification. They must also have a contract of employment working for a minimum for 30 hours/week. You will be subject to interview and an initial ride and vocational skills assessment. Riding assessments will take place on set dates at Myerscough College, with interviews carried out separately.


Completion of the Advanced Apprenticeship will make you highly employable within with equine industry. Candidates may consider further enhancing their knowledge and skills through progressing into Higher Education. Myerscough College offers a range of full and part-time Foundation Degrees and Honours Degrees in Equine Science or Equine Management.

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