City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate Equine

About the course

The Level 2 Technical Certificate in Equine Care provides practical knowledge and experience combined with academic studies. Stable management and riding skills will be developed within the College Equine Department and students will gain a comprehensive knowledge of horse care. It is extremely popular with school leavers who wish to combine a practical based training programme with sound theoretical knowledge. This course is ideally suited to students who wish to spend a year developing their knowledge and experience working with horses. This course is highly practical and learners applying for this course will be expected to be hardworking, keen to learn about horse care and willing to take a ‘hands on’ approach when working on the stable yard.

This course provides you with a comprehensive introduction to the basic care of horses in the equine industry. It is extremely popular with school leavers who wish to combine a practical based training programme with sound theoretical knowledge. The course is designed to give you a broad understanding of horse care, with a view to progressing to one of our Level 3 Diploma courses, or to start work in the Equine industry.

Course modules

Year 1

Undertake Work Related Experience in the Land-based Industries

Within this unit, you will start to investigate the employment opportunities available to you within the equine industry. You will look at self-development and how to prepare yourself for employment whilst developing your practical skills.

The Principles of Feeding and Watering Horses

In this unit you will develop your practical and theoretical knowledge of feeding and watering horses.

Undertake Routine Stable Duties

This unit covers the daily care activities for the stabled and grass kept horse which includes mucking out, grooming, health checks, feeding, watering and the wide range of general yard tasks.

Undertake Horse Handling

In this unit you will learn to safely handle horses along with an understanding of the importance of restraining horses in a range of situations.

Horse Tack and Clothing

Within this unit you will apply an assortment of horse clothing and tack in addition to developing an understanding of the importance of maintaining the good condition of tack and equipment.

Principles of Horse Behavior

This unit aims to provide you with an understanding of the principles of horse behaviour and how these can be applied in practice.

Keeping horses at grass

The unit aims to develop basic skills able to check fields and boundaries for safety and suitability, including checking for hazards, poisonous plants and weeds. You will develop your practical skills to prepare horses for turning out, lead and release horses onto grazing land and monitor them for condition and behaviour. (Lungeing Route module)

Introduction to Lungeing Horses

In this unit, you will focus on lungeing, which is a way of working horses from the ground. You will develop your practical ability and knowledge of exercising horses using different methods. (Lungeing Route module)

Maintain Animal Health and Welfare

The purpose of this unit is for learners to have an understanding of the principles of animal health and welfare and how these can be applied in practice.

Riding Horses on the Flat

This unit aims to equip learners with an understanding of the principles of riding horses on the flat. (Riding Route module)

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

This course covers practical skills and relevant background knowledge. Students are normally aged 16 or over and the following qualifications are needed:

¨ a minimum of 2 GCSEs at Grade D (3) or above to include English Language

¨ or equivalent qualifications.

Learning and assessment

Assessment of technical qualifications is a mixture of internal practical assessment of skills conducted by the teaching team, internal written assignments marked by the teaching team, an externally set synoptic examination that combines the knowledge and practical skills of all of the mandatory units, an external online exam that combines the knowledge of all mandatory units and an online health and safety exam. The assessments and exams are spread throughout the year.

Additional Qualifications:

¨ Learn to Work.

¨ Functional Skills or GCSE Maths and English – subject to entry profile.


Level 2 students can progress to level 3 programmes subject to published entry requirements and satisfactory performance at level 2.


Employment opportunities in equine and its related industries are currently very good. Former students have become grooms, stable yard assistants and apprentices.

Special requirements

1 Specialist Clothing and Equipment: Plain navy blue or black jodhpurs, College sweatshirt/ polo shirt in navy/ black, or similar plain sweatshirt/ polo shirt. Navy or black jacket (warm and waterproof advised). Boots for yard work – wellingtons or strong boots, riding hat to current standard PAS015 or BSEN1384 along with the Kitemark plus gloves and hairnet. Riding boots or leather gaiters (suede chaps are not allowed as they rub the horse’s sides). Jumping whip and schooling whip, plus back protector is compulsory for jumping lessons. (Hooded jumpers, bright or garish clothing is not acceptable on the yards).

2 Extra Costs: Students will be given the opportunity to participate in enrichment activities throughout the duration of the course. For example, Horse of the Year Show £35. HAPPA £5, Badminton Horse Trials £150. Resources and Facilities Contribution, approximately £95.00 (Subject to change).


Stable Yard Practical

Students will gain work experience on the College Yard and at the Preston Centre will be required to attend weekend duties where they will care for the horses one weekend in five. A rota is produced at the start of the year with the students allocated weekend yard for the entire academic year.

Students also work on the yard, looking after the college horses, one day per week within their normal timetabled hours.

Work Experience

All students are required to undertake a minimum of two weeks of external work experience placement as part of their course. Students will attend approved placement providers the week prior to Easter holiday and the first week of the Easter holiday. This is a core part of the course and ensures that all students are putting their skills into practice within the work place. Employers will complete an evaluation of each student in the work placement to contribute towards the assessment of that unit. Support is available to find a suitable placement and placements are checked prior to work experience commencing.

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.