Course overview

Awarded by City & Guilds, this introductory work-based programme is ideal if you have little previous experience in the horse care industry. You will gain a good solid foundation in basic horse care from which to progress onto further courses.

As this programme is work-based you will not be required to come into College, instead one of our work-based learning assessors will visit you in your place of work to support and assess you at regular intervals throughout your qualification.

Your course materials will be provided via our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), meaning you can access these in your own time, at work or at home, or even on the move!
Students with prior knowledge or experience may start with a higher level course. If you are unsure at which level to start please contact us for advice. We will be pleased to discuss your options with you and advise on which course most suits your needs and career objectives.

Key Skills

Attendance: You will not be required to attend College. All tuition, support and assessment will be provided in the workplace, online and via email and telephone contact. You will be supported by one of the College’s work-based learning assessors and will be mentored by your employer/supervisor in the workplace.
Duration: 9-12 months
Start Date: You may start this programme at any time during the year.
Location: This programme may be undertaken if you are located within a 90 minute radius of our centre in Huntingdon (Cambridgeshire). If you are located outside of these areas, please contact us as we may be able to meet your training requirements.

Course content

You will undertake the following units:

  • Assist With the Care of Horses
  • Assist With Cleaning the Stables and Yard
  • Assist with Putting on, Taking off and Cleaning Equipment
  • Assist with Handling Horses
  • Maintain Health, Safety and Good Working Relations
  • Ride Horses in an Enclosed Area


You will complete a portfolio and pass work-based practical assessments.

Entry requirements

There are no formal academic entry requirements. However you must be either employed, or volunteering in, a suitable horse care environment.

Course fees

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.

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 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.

Age at start of course Annual Fee Scheme (?) Pay as You Learn Scheme (?) Awarding Body Fees (minimum) *
16+ £850 £65 per month £129
Overseas Not available Not available Not available

* Awarding Body Fees are recharged at cost and may be subject to change. The costs shown above are based on the minimum number of units necessary to achieve the qualification.

These are current figures and may be subject to change.

The differences in 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.

What next?

Once you have completed this course you may look at progressing onto the Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Horse Care programme. You may also look for employment in the horse care industry, if not already doing so.