Equine Care Level 2

Learn about horse care, hone riding skills and gain work experience alongside academic studies in this varied equine course. It’s a popular hands-on programme designed for school leavers looking for an introduction to yard and equitation careers.

Course Details

  • Department

  • Qualification

    Level 2
  • Course Type

    Full Time
  • Length

    1 Year
  • Location(s)


Course at a glance

Students will learn how to plan and monitor animal feeding as well as learn how to maintain animal health, welfare and accommodation. The course themes include planning and monitoring animal feeding, maintaining animal health, biology, welfare and accommodation, animal handling and grooming. There are lectures, talks from guest speakers, visits, practical sessions in the Animal Unit and work related experience. Students' work is assessed continually throughout the course.

Entry Requirements


at grade 3 (old GCSE grade D) or above to include two from English, Maths and Science, with at least a grade 2 (old GCSE grade E) in the remaining subject. Alternatively a suitable Level 1 vocational qualification with English and Maths at Level 1.

Cost for students aged Under 19


for students over the age of 19 please contact us


Key Information

Students wishing to undertake this course are expected to be willing to work hard on the stable yard and be enthusiastic to learn about horse care. Physical activity, therefore, forms a large part of the course. You will be expected to be hardworking and ‘hands on’ in both the practical and academic aspects of the course.


Course themes*:

  • Feeding and watering horses
  • Routine stable duties, horse handling
  • Horse tack and clothing
  • Riding under supervision
  • Introduction to lungeing horses
  • Health and safety with horses
  • Work experience
  • Equine Health
  • English and Maths

*Actual subject content dependent on study centre

4 GCSEs at grade 3 (old GCSE grade D) or above to include two from English, maths and Science, with at least a grade 2 (old GCSE grade E) in the remaining subject.


Alternatively a suitable Level 1 vocational qualification with English and Maths at Level 1.

Please note: for rider safety and welfare reasons, the College has a maximum weight limit for riders of 13 ½ stone


Upon successful completion of this course, you may progress onto a Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Equine Management.

You may also choose to seek employment following completion of your course which may be in one of the areas listed below.

  • Hunting yard manager
  • Groom at riding school
  • Assistant yard manager
  • Ancillary equine business
  • Riding instructor
  • Coaching and competition riding
  • Equestrian product sales

Progression and Development Sessions

All students enrolled on a Level 2 or Level 3 course will be required to attend Progression and Development sessions every week. These sessions will cover a wide range of topics from careers and employability, British Values and equality and diversity to essential life skills such as mental health and wellbeing, drugs and alcohol and personal safety.

Students are required to find their own work placement where a minimum of 150 work placement hours must be completed. Work experience forms part of the study programme and it is not possible to compete the programme without it.



Support from the college is available to aid students in finding a suitable placement but we encourage students to find suitable placements before they commence their study programmes. All placements are Health and Safety checked prior to students commencing work experience.

So that you are as prepared as you can be for your course, here are a few reminders about PPE (personal protective equipment) you will need:


Riding hat- to current BHS (2018) and BETA guide safety standards


Gloves – dark coloured, to be be worn whilst leading and riding

Long riding/Jodhpur boots – must be clean, chaps must be black or brown colour

Tops- Askham Bryan College tops where possible, alternatively, dark coloured sweatshirts, polo shirt and coats. No hooded tops.

Body protector – to current BHS (2018) and BETA guide safety standards

You will need

A normal range of stationery and USB stick are required for theory sessions.


  • York Campus

    York campus is located just four miles from York city centre. At York we offer a full range of subject areas and levels including Apprenticeships, Level 1-3 Diplomas, Foundation, Top Up and BSc Honours Degrees.

    Photo of animal management building

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