Course overview

Quick Facts

If you are located outside the 90 minutes radius of the above centres, please contact us as we may still be able to meet your training needs.

Make your dream of working with horses a reality!

Many people dream of working with horses but are never quite sure where to start or what the opportunities are. Working with horses often involves low pay, long hours and is physically demanding; but the rewards that come from the love of the job make the work a popular choice of career for many.

As a horse care apprentice, you will be employed in a horse care environment gaining vital practical skills and experience, and earning a wage alongside studying your formal apprenticeship qualification.

By choosing to study with The College of Animal Welfare you will be joining a community of like-minded students and staff, who all share a passion for animal welfare.

As this apprenticeship is work-based, you may apply to start at any time of the year and will not be required to attend College for tuition. You will be allocated a Work-based Learning Assessor who will support you through your qualification via email and telephone contact and regular visits to your place of work.

Whilst the majority of students choose to undertake the Horse Care pathway of this qualification, there is also an option to undertake the Horse Care and Riding pathway; allowing you to tailor the course to your interests, job requirements and career objectives.

Benefits to employers

  • Grow your business: Affordable way to expand and develop your business
  • Cost effective: Provide valuable opportunities whilst minimising recruitment and training costs
  • Enhanced reputation: Provide client reassurance by investing in trained staff
  • Increased productivity: Maximise staff efficiency though the development of knowledge and skills

The College of Animal Welfare has a well-earned reputation for excellence; delivering quality training and education and employer support. Your apprentice will benefit from:

  • Tuition, support and assessment provided in the workplace, online and via email and telephone contact
  • Support and guidance from an allocated, qualified Work-based Learning Assessor
  • Access to our unique Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and extensive eLibrary resources

* Any employer taking on an apprentice under 19 years of age, will receive an incentive of £1,000. £500 will be paid to you after the first three months of the apprenticeship and the remaining £500 after the first year on programme.*

Employers with less than 50 employees
If you take on an apprentice under 19 years of age (or 19-24 years who has an EHC plan or who has been in the care of their local authority), the apprentices training will be fully funded.

Course content

This apprenticeship consists of:

  • City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Horse Care
  • Functional Skills Level 1 in Maths and English
  • Lantra Employment Right and Responsibilities Workbook
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Horse Care

Over the course of the qualification, you will undertake both mandatory and optional units, which will allow you to tailor the qualification to the needs of both yourself and your employer. The units you undertake will be discussed with you at induction to make sure they fit your interests and job role.

Mandatory units:

  • Clean and maintain stables
  • Provide feed and water to horses
  • Carry out routine care and monitor the health and well-being of horses
  • Restrain horses using specified methods
  • Monitoring and maintaining health and safety
  • Maintain and develop personal performance
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others

Optional units that you can then choose from include:

  • Turn out, catch and maintain horses when turned out
  • Assist with the care of performance horses after strenuous exercise
  • Fit, remove and maintain tack for exercise
  • Assist with the rehabilitation of horses
  • Clean and groom horses for appearance

You will be assessed via completion of a portfolio and pass work-based practical assessments.

Functional Skills

You will undertake Level 1 Functional Skills in English and Maths unless exempt. These are assessed via online examinations and practical assessments.

Entry requirements

There are no formal academic entry requirements. However, you will need to be living and working in England in a suitable equine environment (such as a riding school, horse charity or racing yard), within a 90 minute radius of our Huntingdon centre, earning at least the National Minimum Wage for Apprentices. To complete this apprenticeship within 14-16 months you will need to be working for a minimum of 30 hours per week, if you are working less than 30 hours a week the length of your apprenticeship will be extended depending on your working hours.

If you have a level 4 (or above) qualification, from May 2017 you are now still able to undertake this apprenticeship if your current qualification is in an unrelated subject.  If your existing qualification is in a similar subject you will not be able to undertake this apprenticeship, in which case you may wish to undertake the City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Horse Care as a standalone qualification.

Course fees

Apprenticeship fees are payable by the employer. We offer two different payment options; our ‘Annual Fee Scheme’ or our ‘Pay as You Learn’ monthly payment scheme. Details on both of these payment options can be found here.

Sources of financial help if you require support during your studies can be found on our student finance page. Before making any financial decision it is recommended that you seek advice from an independent source, for example the Money Advice Service.

Please note that course fees listed below apply to courses starting before the 1 May 2017. Fees for courses starting on, or after, 1 May 2017 will be published in due course.

Intermediate Apprenticeship in Work-based Horse Care

Age at start of course Annual Fee Scheme (?) Pay as You Learn Scheme (?) Awarding Body Fees (minimum) *
16-18 No fees payable No fees payable No fees payable
19-23 £860 payable by employer £53 per month payable by employer £168 payable by employer
24+ £895 payable by employer £56 per month payable by employer £168 payable by employer

Fees listed are current figures and may be subject to change. Course fees reflect the level of funding that is available as a result of government policies and priorities. These may be the result of age, employment status, previous education achievements or location for example, and are outside the control of The College of Animal Welfare.

* Awarding Body Fees are recharged at cost and may be subject to change; these are payable in full prior to the commencement of the course and are non-refundable. The costs shown are based on the minimum number of units necessary to achieve the qualification.

What next?

On completion of your apprenticeship you will have gained the confidence, practical skills and abilities to excel in your position.  During this time, your desire to learn and increase your knowledge may have developed and you may be debating what to do next! If you are looking to study to the next level you may look consider undertaking the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Work-based Horse Care. To do so you would need to be working in a supervisory or managerial position, however if you are not currently working in such a role but are aspiring to do so, it may still be possible to undertake the advanced apprenticeship; this will be assessed on an individual basis and is something your assessor will discuss with you as you approach the end of the intermediate apprenticeship.

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