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Level 3 Farriery Apprenticeship

About the course

Candidates for this Level 3 Farriery Apprenticeship Standard must be at least 16 years of age however there is no upper age limit.

Candidates must serve a period of Apprenticeship of four years whilst employed by an Approved Training Farrier (ATF).

An ATF is a person who is a Registered Farrier and fulfils the criteria laid down by the Farriers Registration Council (FRC), who oversee the training of Farriery Apprentices in Great Britain.

An ATF will require a trial period prior to the first college attendance to assess the Apprentice with the horse.

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements are currently either:

  • Typically 5 GCSE passes at Grade C or above, which must include English, Mathematics and Science.
  • Equivalent qualifications may apply, please contact the College for further information. It is the responsibility of each applicant to provide proof that any qualifications held are equivalent to or higher than the specified minimum educational entry requirements.
  • Please be aware that we cannot accept Adult Numeracy or Adult Literacy level 2 as an equivalent to the GCSE English and Maths. Functional Skills Level 2 English and Maths are the mandatory requirement.
  • A formal interview will be required which will include a written exam on horse knowledge and examination of any metal work the applicant has made and brought with them.

Learning and assessment

Assessments: Candidates must complete the following:

During the course of this training and in order to be eligible for registration onto the Register of Farriers via this Apprenticeship the following outcomes must be successfully completed by the apprentice:

  • Knowledge Skills & Behaviours
  • Gateway to include shoeboard
  • Practical, Theory and Oral exam i.e. End Point Assessment run by WCF Diploma in Farriery (QCF)

Training is split between ‘on the job’ training in the workplace with the ATF and ‘off the job’ training part of which will be 20 weeks in College. These 20 weeks are on average 3 week blocks spread over the 4 years.


Students passing this course will have the qualification to become a Registered Farrier

Further career opportunities

Diploma of Higher Education Farriery (blended learning)

BSc (Hons) Farriery (top-up) (blended learning)

TTFA Award to become an ATF

Associate of the Worshipful Company of Farriers (AWCF)

Fellowship of the Worshipful Company of Farriers( FWCF)

Special requirements

All Applicants must have a letter of support from an ATF confirming that they will be guaranteed employment until completion of their Advanced Apprenticeship.


Farriery, or the shoeing of horses, is an ancient craft. A farrier is a skilled craftsperson, capable of making shoes to suit all types of horse and their working conditions. Modern farriers must have knowledge of the anatomy of horses’ feet and legs, be able to work alongside vets, manage and handle horses, understand and meet the needs of clients and successfully run their own business.

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