NPTC Level One Certificate/ Diploma in Land-Based Studies – Horse Care (14-16 Programme)

About the course

This course allows students to learn about different aspects of horse care, working both in a classroom and on the stable yard. This course enables students to either go out and work practically with horses or to move on to study a full time course or apprenticeship. Students will learn to safely work with horses in different situations. The course does include a riding module; riding skills will be assessed at interview, or alternatively students could focus on practical horse care.

Course modules

Year 1

Safe and Effective working practices in land-based industries

This unit provides students with the knowledge and understanding to work safely on an equine care yard or place of work. It covers the correct procedures, recommended codes of practice and current legislations. Students will learn about how to report an accident and also how to use Personal Protective Equipment at work.

Assist with the preparation for exercise and aftercare of horses

This unit covers the daily care of the stable kept horse including grooming; applying and removing rugs and tack and tack maintenance.

Exercise horses under supervision

Students will ride ride well mannered horses in the indoor and outdoor schools in walk, trot and canter, maintaining balance when riding on the flat or over poles. Applicants will be assessed at the start of the course for your suitability for this module.

Assist with the handing 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.

Year 2

Develop Performance in land-based industries

This unit enables students to gain experience of working as an effective team member. It also provides the opportunity to work alone, developing personal skills.

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. Students will learn the theory then go and provide feed and water for the college horses.

Assist with the preparation and maintenance of animal accommodation

In this module students will prepare stables for new horses and practice different systems of mucking out. The unit covers different stabling types and suitable fixtures and fittings for a stable and yard.

Maintain the health 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. Students will complete a certificate qualification in year one and a diploma qualification in year two.

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

For home educated applicants your Parent or Guardian must complete the Home Educated Form and return before your application will be processed.

Learning and assessment

Assessment is in a number of different ways depending on the unit and the topic e.g. practical assessments, online tests, projects and case studies.


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

  • Black or navy jodhpurs and sweatshirt.
  • Long or short riding boots – must have a smooth sole
  • Half chaps or gaiters may be worn but must be leather
  • Riding hat (kite mark BSEN1384 or PAS 015)
  • ·Gloves
  • Short whip and body protector (only required if riding on the course)
  • Pen, folder and paper
  • Tetanus vaccination must be up to date

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.