Course overview

This course is also available as part of an Apprenticeship

Awarded by City & Guilds, this qualification is ideal if you are looking for a qualification in horse care where the emphasis is on gaining practical experience with the underpinning knowledge to support this.

This work-based/distance learning programme will not require you 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. It may also be possible to undertake this programme as part of an apprenticeship, subject to eligibility.

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.

The knowledge you will gain from undertaking this qualification, alongside the practical experience you will be accumulating through employment or work experience, will enable you to do your job more effectively and boost your career prospects.

Key Facts

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: 12-14 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 this area please contact us as we may be able to meet your training requirements.

Course content

This course is also available as part of an Apprenticeship

You will complete the following 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

You will then choose from a range of optional units to complete the qualification, these will be discussed with you at induction, examples 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 complete a portfolio and pass work-based practical assessments.

Entry requirements

This course is also available as part of an Apprenticeship

There are no formal academic entry requirements. However you must be either employed (or volunteering) in a suitable horse care environment, such as a riding school, horse charity or racing yard.


Course fees

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.

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.

Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Horse Care

Age at start of course Annual Fee Scheme (?) Pay as You Learn Scheme (?) Awarding Body Fees (minimum) *
16+ £1,095 £73 per month £168
Overseas Not available Not available Not available

This course is also available as part of an Apprenticeship – view fees

* 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?

This qualification will demonstrate to employers your practical skills and abilities, this will stand you in good stead when applying for future job roles in the industry.

You may wish to study the Level 3 Diploma in Work-based Horse Care and Management or the Advanced Apprenticeship in Work-based Horse Care and Management. To do this, you will need to be working in a supervisory/managerial role, if you have any concerns about whether your job role will allow you to do this, please speak to your work-based assessor or a member of our Customer Advice Team.