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City and Guilds Level One Certificate/ Diploma in Land-based Studies (Equine 14-16 Programme)

About the course

This course is very practical in its content and covers a wide range of practical skills required when working with horses to include feeding and watering, horse health, caring for and handling horses, fitting and removing horse clothing and tack and also daily exercising of horses. The majority of the course is based on the equine stable yard though some work will be in the classroom. Students must have a strong interest in looking after and caring for horses. The riding of College horses is subject to ability and experience.

Students will complete the Certificate in year one and year 10 students will progress to complete the Diploma in year two. The course will be assessed through a range of methods including practical observations, written assessments and one externally marked test each academic year.

Parents/Schools, please note when completing the application form you must use child’s name and DOB but the parent/school email and telephone number. All official documents, interview and enrolment information will be emailed on the parent/school email provided and this could be anytime from the time of application through to September. If the email changes it is important you let us know. Failure to do so could lead to the application being withdrawn from the process.

Course modules

Year 1

Assist with the Care of Animals

In this unit students will monitor the health and condition of the animals, and provide feed and water for them.

Adopt Good Bio-security Practices at Work

In this unit students will assist with maintaining appropriate levels of bio-security in the workplace, including personal hygiene and the use of appropriate PPE.

Identify Weeds

This unit will enable students to demonstrate their knowledge required to identify weeds found within the countryside.

Assist with the Exercise of Animals

In this unit the students will gain an insight into different types of exercise available to horses, gaining experience with a range of equipment and techniques.

Assist with the Handling and Restraint of Animals

In this module students will work on safe handing of the horse and methods of restraining the horse e.g. for the vet or farrier.

Assist with the Preparation and Maintenance of Animal Accommodation

In this unit students will prepare stables for new horses and practice different systems of mucking out. The unit covers different types of stabling, the various materials used for bedding and suitable fixtures and fittings for a stable and yard. Students will develop the knowledge and understanding of sustainability within a stable yard.

Year 2

Assist with feeding and watering animals

This unit covers the basic feeding and watering requirements for horses. It encompasses a variety of different feeding and watering systems.

Team Work in Environmental Studies

In this unit students will be able to work cooperatively with colleagues to achieve good communication and reach the group's objectives.

Principles of the Preparation and the Monitoring of Livestock Outdoors

This unit content will enable students to demonstrate skills in selecting, preparing and maintaining animal feed, water and accommodation.

Assist with Maintaining the Health and Well-being of Horses

This module covers general health problems associated with every day care of the horse in the stable and kept out at grass.

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

Students need to be 14 or over with some horse related experience and have functional English, Maths and Science skills.

Your school or Home Educating Parent or Guardian must complete Application Form Part B before your application will be processed.

Learning and assessment

Multiple choice exam, assignments and portfolio of evidence of practical skills.

Group Size: 12.

Credit value: Certificate 18, Diploma 42.


Students who successfully complete the course may wish to study full time at Myerscough or at another college or enrol onto a work based apprenticeship.

Special requirements

Costs that are mandatory for the course: (Approx £100)

Black or navy jodhpurs and sweatshirt.

Dark jacket.

Long or short riding boots.

Gloves, hairnet and short whip.

Pen, folder and paper.

Riding hat.

Myerscough College Accepted Hat Standards

PAS 015

ASTM F1163


BSEN 1384

EN 1384

Course fees apply to school educated students. Please refer to the 14-16 prospectus


Equine Studies

The equine industry in the United Kingdom is expanding rapidly, with a turnover approaching £1 billion per year. It encompasses many different sectors, from racing, driving and endurance to dressage, horse trials and show jumping. These areas are supported by a large ancillary industry which provides extensive career opportunities.