Course overview

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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

Course fees can either be paid in full before the beginning of the course, or via our ‘Pay As You Learn’ monthly payment scheme

If you have not achieved your qualification by the planned end date detailed in your individual learning plan, you will be able to continue to receive support and access to your course by paying monthly direct debit payments until certification of your award.

Course Fees

Full Fee Pay As You Learn
£893 £74 per month

Awarding Body Fees*

City & Guilds fees: £129

* Awarding Body Fees are payable by all students or employers and recharged at cost and may be subject to change.

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.

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 as a 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.

CAW Connect

After you complete your studies with The College of Animal Welfare, you will be invited to join our alumni association, CAW Connect. CAW Connect is a social networking website and education hub which gives you the opportunity to connect with other alumni, enjoy industry discounts, make use of exclusive careers advice and resources, find new job opportunities and keep up-to-date with the latest industry news. Find out more about CAW Connect